Liberalism always comes down to this:
The school board warns of deep cuts later this year if Illinois, which faces its own fiscal crisis, doesn’t deliver an additional $480 million in the coming months, representing roughly 8% of annual district spending.
So … let’s see… The state is broke, the school system is broke.Yep, that’s the hallmark of a Democrat-run operation.
Why are they broke? The article cites “fast-growing pension costs” … hmm … sounds familiar to us Californians.
The troubles in Chicago are among the most severe nationally as ballooning pension payments come due and officials run out of one-time fixes.
I’d suggest reporters put the phrases “ballooning pension payments” and “officials run out of one-time fixes” into Autotext on their computers, just to save time when writing articles about the finances of Democrat-run polities generally.
Meanwhile, the article notes, Chicago school debt is now rated as junk, so investors are demanding higher interest rates, thereby exacerbating the problem.
And, of course, no Democrat-generated train wreck is complete without the obligatory racial grievance mongers.
A group of parents, educators and activists with the support of union leaders launched a hunger strike Aug. 17 in a push to reopen a closed high school in a historically black neighborhood on the city’s South Side. The group argues the board concentrates money in Chicago’s wealthy, predominantly white neighborhoods. Hispanic and black students make up a vast majority of enrollment in city schools, and more than 85% of students are considered economically disadvantaged.
“There is a priorities crisis,” said Jitu Brown, a community organizer and parent who is participating in the hunger strike.
The story of liberal faillure, an evergreen.