Walter’s Perspective: Schools Wasting Money On Signs For Pols

CHICAGO (CBS) — The first day of school and my lesson was how to spend the taxpayers’ money promoting politicians by putting up signs at our public schools.

Like the one at Peter Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy in Pilsen, touting our new mayor’s new fire alarm upgrade project.

And the one at Moses Montefiore Special Elementary School in Pilsen about our new mayor’s new school renovation project.

We may miss the projects, but no way we’ll miss the politicians – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Ald. Danny Solis (25th).

The eye catchers are being done by the Chicago Board of Education, which is $700 million in the red and cannot afford to raise the pay of teachers, but clearly – loudly and clearly – can afford to raise the profiles of politicians.

On the first day of school, the Board of Ed’s first report card is a D- on the taxpayers’ money, but an A+ for wasting it.

  • Stephen Kaplan

    This school board and the people who runs the schools are terrible if you aren’t with them they don’t want you. I applied for years trying to get into schools in various positions, and they don’t want to hire a white guy with a Jewish last name. I have the skills, but I have been blackballed by the Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education, because I was upset that I wasn’t getting paid, and I was one of the people whose names, social security number, and id number was on that computer that was stolen on CPS property. I have to ask Judy Baar Topinka to help me so I could get a job with the school system. Its not fair that the school boards are hiring individuals who don’t have the proper qualifications, but who have friends working their. Case in point the new principal at ALS Avondale Logandale School the head of the LSC told me about a position at the school, but when I got there they where filled. Please someone fire that principal, and get rid of the people in the main office also.

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