Patronage, Politics and Charter Schools

By Don Rose.  Introduction by William Astore. Charter schools, in theory, offer advantages to public schools.  They’re advertised as offering “choice” to concerned parents, who shop for the “best” schools as measured by test scores and related data.  They promise to hold teachers accountable.  They say they offer novelty in pedagogy.   But in practice…

Two Tales of the Second City’s Social Horrors

By Don Rose.  Introduction by b. traven. Don Rose is part of the conscience of Chicago. He is a long time political strategist for some of the more liberal political representatives of the people in that city. Retired, Don now writes in the online “The Chicago Observer” about what is going on behind the scenes…