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Rahm Offers Chicago Teachers a 7% Pay Cut

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For the bigger picture on Rahm’s privatization mania, read this article by Rick Perlstein
(there’s a nice pictograph illustrating the various areas of privatization with illustrations of “who loses” and “who profits”) :

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17533/how_to_sell_off_a_city

There’s so much here, but let’s just focus on Chicago Public Schools School Board Member Deborah H. Quazzo—the un-elected board member appointed by Rahm Emanuel. As usual, Rahm appointed her even though she had ZERO previous experience in education as a teacher, administrator, etc. Perhaps part of the reason for Rahm’s demand that teachers take a pay cut is because of the tens of millions of dollars that go to vendors controlled by Mrs. Quazzo and others… and from which she personally profits.

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RICK PERLSTEIN: (CAPS are mine, JACK)

“In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board to replace billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who’d decamped to run President Barack Obama’s Department of Commerce. The appointee, Deborah H. Quazzo, is a FOUNDER of an investment firm called ‘GSV Advisors,’ A BUSINESS WHOSE GOAL—her co-founder has been paraphrased by Reuters as saying—is to drum up venture capital for ‘AN EDUCATION REVOLUTION IN WHICH PUBLIC SCHOOLS OUTSOURCE TO PRIVATE VENDORS SUCH CRITICAL TASKS AS TEACHING MATH, EDUCATING DISABLED STUDENTS, EVEN WRITING REPORT CARDS.’

“GSV Advisors has a sister firm, GSV Capital, that holds ownership stakes in education technology companies like ‘Knewton,’ which SELLS SOFTWARE THAT REPLACES THE FUNCTIONS OF FLESH-AND-BLOOD TEACHERS. the functions of flesh-and-blood teachers. Since joining the school board, QUAZZO HAS INVESTED HER OWN MONEY IN COMPANIES THAT SELL CURRICULAR MATERIALS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL IN 11 STATES ON A SUBSCRIPTION BASIS.

“In other words, A KEY DECISION-MAKER FOR CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKES MONEY WHEN SCHOOL BOARDS DECIDE TO SELL OFF THE FUNCTIONS OF SCHOOLS.

“She’s not alone. For over a decade now, Chicago has been the epicenter of the fashionable trend of ‘privatization’—the transfer of the ownership or operation of resources that belong to all of us, like schools, roads and government services, to companies that use them to turn a profit….

“…”

“Propagandists vaunt privatization as a brave new world beyond the icky quid pro quos of old-school municipal politics. Tell that to Deborah Quazzo—who might just laugh all the way to the bank.

“A year ago, when I first started researching this article, I sent Quazzo an email posing two simple questions:

” ‘Given the work her firm does in education, did she anticipate recusing herself from school board decisions that presented a conflict of interest?’

” ‘And did she anticipate putting investments in a blind trust during her tenure? I never heard back.’

“Then, this past December, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that companies in which she invested have reaped $2.9 million in business from Chicago Public Schools—compared to only $930,000 in the three-and-a-half years prior to her appointment.

“She told the paper she saw no conflict of interest:

” ‘It’s my belief that I need to invest in companies and philanthropic organizations who improve outcomes for children’—

“—and that she wasn’t involved in the DEALS or aware THAT HER COMPANIES’ TAKE HAD TRIPLED SINCE SHE’D BEEN IN OFFICE. Which would make her either a pretty inattentive school board member or a pretty inattentive executive: Some of her companies that had pre-existing contracts with CPS cut their prices after Quazzo joined the school board so their bills would fall under the threshold that would require review by district bureaucrats. One of those bills came to precisely $24,999. The threshold for review? $25,000, naturally.

“Privatization is building a new Chicago machine in many respects more offensive than the machine of old.”

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