Education-as-political-privilege

Just go read.  Here’s a teaser:

While many Chicago parents took formal routes to land their children in the best schools, the well-connected also sought help through a shadowy appeals system created in recent years under former schools chief Arne Duncan.

Whispers have long swirled that some children get spots in the city’s premier schools based on whom their parents know. But a list maintained over several years in Duncan’s office and obtained by the Tribune lends further evidence to those charges. Duncan is now secretary of education under President Barack Obama.

The log is a compilation of politicians and influential business people who interceded on behalf of children during Duncan’s tenure. It includes 25 aldermen, Mayor Richard Daley’s office, House Speaker Michael Madigan, his daughter Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Really… whoever could have guessed that the best of publicly funded resources would go to the powerful?  It’s bad enough that the rich can fund their own better schools.  It’s even worse when they demand that the middle and lower class do it for them.

(H/T to Instapundit and Hot Air.)

Comments

  1. Richard Aubrey says:

    Couldn’t possibly happen with government-run health care, could it?
    Nah.

  2. I don’t think this really should surprise anyone who knows anything about politics. I guess the only surprising thing is that there was an actual paper list.

  3. Aubrey’s comment was my first thought.

  4. Former Illinoisan here.

    My first thought: “It’s *Chicago*. Whaddaya expect?”

  5. SuperSub says:

    What you mean government run programs don’t have the best interests of the people at heart?

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