New Kind of Back-to-School for Chicago Kids

About 50 school closures means new routines for children

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Chicago children are walking unfamiliar paths, and in some cases across gang lines, for their first day back to school on Monday, after the city shuttered about 50 elementary schools amid restructuring.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel led the initiative to close schools to help pay down the city’s $1 billion budget deficit, meaning many students are going to new schools. But the first day back comes just a day after one man was shot on one of the routes students will be taking, and a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed near another.

Hundreds of “Safe Passage” workers in neon vests are working to make the routes safe.

[AP]

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POSDCORB
POSDCORB

Well how about that?  Chicago is broke. (socialism at work? .. not working!)  And the socialist kids don't want school.  They don't need much school to collect the dole.  NYC is broke, L.A. is broke, San Fran and Oakland are broke, California is broke, D.C. is broke, Detroit is flat broke, New Jersey is broke, Cleveland is broke .. is there a pattern here?   Taxing and redistributing and sharing (but not growing .. is that fair? If that good?)   What isn't broke? Europe is broke, Russia is broke too.  Japan, S. Korea, Indonesia, India ..(not N. America or C. America (they are socialist).  Broke and broker and flat broke. 

ronajrny
ronajrny

@POSDCORB Maybe American cities are broke because our system is broken. All the wealth concentrated at the top does not create much revenue for municipalities. When workers are forced to work for wages that they cannot survive on and instead must rely on hand-outs from wherever they can beg or borrow that is broken. When these workers and many more have no income to spend, tax revenue is diminished. When profit greedy corporations pay very little to no taxes to the city, state or country that enabled them to profit, that is broken. For the record, North America (of which the USA is part of) is NOT Socialist. However, it is an example of Capitalism, and this example is surely BROKE. Your definition of Socialism is skewed by your bitterness and rage. Spew and bellow that crap somewhere that readers and listeners don't know better, not here. BTW, who are you to say who wants an education and who does not? Obviously, you chose to not get one. Consider this lesson #1 in STFU.

POSDCORB
POSDCORB

@ronajrny @POSDCORB WOW that was quite a rant for an ignorant socialist.  Well rona .. wages are not working for ANY wages when corporations close their doors (how are them living on that??)  (no heavy lifting though).  N. American is Canada and the U.S. (last time I checked).   Canada went to socialism under England (it was part of England)  and the U.S. went under FDR's new deal.  In terms of spewing and bellowing it looks like you are sing the capitalized cuss words.  Cuss words don't make you tough .. they make you stupid.   

ronajrny
ronajrny

@POSDCORB @ronajrny Lesson #2 - The final lesson: I did not "cuss' nor was I trying to be tough. Rants like yours don't make you correct, they show your ignorance. While I normally do not have battles of wits with unarmed opponents, I realize now that I am dealing with a literary, grammatical, geographical, geopolitical, economic, philosophical scholar. The only other thing I can possibly say to you is something another great American philosopher by the name of Mark Twain said first and best. He said "better to say nothing and have people think you a fool than to open your mouth and prove them right." Maybe you ought take heed to Mr. Twain POSDCORB. Rant and rave all you like, I have nothing further to say to you.

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