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Chicago Public Schools: The Predators’ Playground

Everything big city Democrat mayors like Rahm Emanuel do is for the kids, they tell us with ersatz earnestness.

Rahm—Tiny Dancer, I call him--is quick to take up cause célèbres like the Parkland high school gun control brigade in the name of school safety.

What Rahm and his leftist colleagues won’t do is change school systems run by the adults for the adults—even when some of those adults are child predators.

In a blockbuster expose, the Chicago Tribune documented a long-running sex abuse scandal inside the Chicago Public Schools that should end Tiny Dancer’s career, that should be international news on par with coverage given the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, and that should serve as a warning to public school parents across the country.

According to the Tribune, since Tiny Dancer was elected in 2011, 430 reports of sexual abuse, assault or harassment have been investigated with credible evidence of misconduct found in 230 of those incidents.

The Tribune also found that school administrators may have acted criminally in failing to report incidents of abuse to the state’s child welfare agency.

Worse yet, the story identified repeated failures to screen out Chicago Public Schools employees with prior arrests related to alleged sexual offenses involving children.

A lot of attention is devoted to holding pols and their appointees accountable for threats to kids in school that come from the outside.

What about the threats they welcome inside and cover for?


Rahm: Protects Adults, Fails Students

“Laws on the books are not being enforced, people need to be charged.” Is systemic sexual abuse of children enough for Chicagoans to hold their political leadership accountable? Is this another indictment of the CPS system that’s not made for the kids but for the adults? Former General Counsel of DCFS, Liz Yore joins Dan and Amy to discuss the bombshell Chicago Tribune Investigative report.

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Isn't a guy with a Ph.D. in economics arguing against Higher Ed like a rich guy telling the poor to stop worrying about money? Is the $1 trillion spent by the government yearly in education worth it? Why do employers reward studying all of these courses that don’t matter in the real world? Why doesn’t Tiny Dancer require higher standards for a high school diploma rather than focusing on what a student does after they graduate? Professor of Economics at George Mason University and author of the book “The Case Against Education,” Bryan Caplan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Funding the adults and focusing on the inputs not the outputs has been the basis of education funding in Illinois. Who should we be thanking for getting the tax credit scholarships included? But who are the ones actually taking a bow? Should we be expecting more increases in property taxes? Dan and Amy discuss the new education funding bill in Illinois.

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Madigan And Cullerton Manufacture A Crisis

Are House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton trying to manufacture a crisis by not sending the school funding reform bill to the Governor? When the bill gets to his desk, what will be the result of Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto? What does the hold harmless provision do? Will tax credits be included in the school funding reform bill?  Dan and Amy discussed with State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Champaign).


A Scam On Top Of A Scam On Top Of A Scam

Governor Rauner appeared in Decatur to oppose legislation that will bailout Chicago Public Schools by redistributing money from suburban schools. Should we trust the politicians who are promising no school will lose money?  Is that ‘hold harmless’ provision a scam? Why isn’t anyone talking about our school systems’ results? Where do we go from here? Mark Batinick, State Representative for the 97th district joined Dan & Amy to discuss why the proposed school funding changes are “a scam on top of a scam on top of a scam.”