By Mark Glennon of Wirepoints
Stacy Davis-Gates is undoubtedly Illinois’ most outstanding and rabid opponent of college selection — and just about all people and all the pieces related to it, all of which she labels racist or worse. As president of the Chicago Teachers Union, she is on the forefront of its marketing campaign to kill Illinois’ meager Invest in Kids Act, which at present offers about 9,000 deprived children scholarships to attend personal faculties. “It have to be ‘game over’” for the program, the CTU says.
But, as initially reported** by SubX News, she sends one of her kids to to Chicago’s De La Salle Institute, a non-public, Catholic highschool.
Consider that in gentle of a few of what she has stated towards offering needy mother and father with the means to attend a non-public college like De La Salle by way of college selection applications [emphasis is added]:
“I’m also a mother, my children go to the Chicago public school,” she said in a webinar. “These are things that help to legitimize my space within the coalition but also helps to amplify my voice as a leader in labor because a white dude whose kids go to school in the suburbs can’t really have that same voice in the same way.”
When requested in an interview if she had issues about school-choice and privatization supporters working for the college board, she said, “Yes, we are concerned about the encroachment of fascists in Chicago. We are concerned about the marginalization of public education through the eyes of those who’ve never intended for Black people to be educated. So we’re going to fight tooth and nail to make sure that type of fascism and racism does not exist on our Board of Education.”
“I can’t advocate on behalf of public education and the children of this city and educators in this city without it taking root in my own household,” she told Chicago Magazine.
On Twitter, she has stated issues like “School choice was actually the choice of racists. It was created to avoid integrating schools with Black children.” Private faculties are “Segregation Academies,” she wrote on Twitter. “Call them private schools supported by taxpayer funds – vouchers – so your northern cousins understand better,” she stated. And she linked to an article titled “The Racist Origins of Private School Vouchers.”
De La Salle, the place Davis-Gates sends one in all her three children, has lengthy been a diamond within the tough of Southside excessive faculties. But with tuition at $14,750 per yr, it’s open solely to these with some means, like Davis-Gates, and the few who’re lucky sufficient to get monetary assist.
School selection is about getting that assist to extra of the poor –- creating equality of selection with those that have means. The Invest in Kids Act does that, although for too few college students due to its paltry funding. Davis-Gates’ opposition to it and her statements about personal faculties, all whereas always claiming standing because the poor’s heroine, are hypocrisy at its most revolting.
In a Chicago mayoral endorsement of Brandon Johnson, she wrote she picked someone who “values my intersections.”
Her “intersections” embody two faces.
** I’ve reached out to CTU for affirmation that Davis-Gates has a toddler enrolled in a non-public college and can replace if I get a response. Numerous entries on Twitter have additionally requested her to reply, however no solutions as of the time I wrote this.