It should be no surprise that the people’s republic of Chicago that has given the world the Sponge-Rob Blagojevich cartoon show, the republic’s longest running one-party political system, and the most Unconstitutional gun law in America, is also the home of the biggest public education lie of the year. After several weeks of excessive local jubilance and gratuitous nation-wide praise over the unexpected success of the virtually all-black Urban Prep Charter High School’s entire graduation class gaining admittance to college next fall, an unlikely source reveals the fact that this broadly disseminated feel-good story is a flat out lie.
Rachel Cohen of the Socialist Worker dot org website charges Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with cheating in a 15 July 2010 article titled: CHARTER SCHOOL COOKS THE BOOKS. Yes, yes I know it may seem strange that a retired Army Intel Officer reads a socialist-communist website, but I have also read the translation of Mao’s Little Red Book, the major works of Karl Marx, propaganda from the American Association of University Women, Mein Kampf, and al-Jazeera’s English website. I took General George Patton seriously when he counseled his warriors to read the books written by our adversaries. I also read the biographies of selected U.S. politicians that reside on a notoriously unAmerican section of the political spectrum.
Anyway, Ms. Cohen discovered that there was a glaring omission from within the guts of the glorious story of the 95-student graduating class of Englewood teen-agers in the first all-male/all-black charter school in the history of air, water, and dirt. Mayor Rich Daley’s publicists and Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s magicians obscured, ignored, and buried a few facts. To begin with, the 2010 grad class of 95, started out with 166 young men in 2006. Last time I looked, graduation rates are determined by simple mathematics. You take the number of students that actually graduate after their senior year and divide that figure by the total amount of students that enrolled as freshmen four years earlier. Unless the malicious remnants of ‘new math’ are used in Chicago, the true graduation rate from Urban Prep is 57 percent. If I am accurate, Urban Prep graduated its young gentlemen at a rate lower than the official CPS figure of 62 percent.
Certainly at this point liberal bedwetters, Duncan acolytes, and assorted African-American apologists are sharpening their rhetorical knives and googling my address because I am shining a light on a very popular untruth. Frankly, if the manufactured success of Urban Prep (UP) were just restricted to the fishy and juiced-up graduation rate, I could easily have ignored it and let this beleaguered city of perpetual failures dwell in the glow of a rare touchie-feelie moment. However, the deceit goes deeper than the academic performance of these 95 lads, and has dire consequences for those who believe it. Rachel Cohen’s article directed me to the Illinois Interactive Report Card for public schools and I went there and analyzed the charts and numbers.
I was stunned to learn that the celebrated Urban Prep Charter School failed to make its state mandated Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goal. Furthermore, only 15 percent of its 450 students met state standards in reading and mathematics. I could pile on a bunch off other grim test statistics that paint a much more different picture of UP than their recent press coverage but there is no point in doing so. Why? Because those that prefer to live within the walls of a dark lie that is politically convenient here in Chicago will not be moved by the facts in this case anymore than they were moved by the facts in others. Chicago is a voluntary gulag populated by low intensity leftists that do not understand that corrupt government is not a midwest birthright. Furthermore, those who do want the truth have only to go to the Report Card website to verify the data for themselves.
What’s the point here and why should anyone give a fat flying fish? Again, Chicago School Reform even when it is statistically irrelevant since the 450 fellows at UP are just a microscopic drop in the CPS bucket of 460,000 students, is intentionally deceptive. The entirety of the Arne Duncan myth of school reform has to be uncovered and reported. Why? Duncan is the puppet master in charge of distributing billions in Race-to-the-Top education dollars. Those are our tax dollars. Duncan determines the criteria for dissemination of these monies, and those criteria are based upon his heralded ‘success’ at school reform during his tenure as CPS CEO under the tutelage of Mayor Daley. The bogus Urban Prep saga was thrown in our faces by a biased news media machine as single-source and easily digestible evidence to support the Duncan regime’s strategy of blowing up neighborhood schools and firing veteran teachers, then replacing them with charter units staffed with non-union faculty.
So far, evidence of Duncan’s successful school reform are as remote as signs of George Bush’s weapons of mass destruction. They ain’t there. Indeed, none of the promises and claims made by the current White House regime are anywhere to be found. It is time to put a stop to the big lie and get down to the business of really improving education for our children before Duncan squanders his multi-billion dollar slush fund on techniques, tactics, and procedures that do not work.