CPS Policies Reinforce Segregation in Chicago, Finds CTU Report

Progress Illinois, May 20, 2013

On the 59-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to end segregation in public schools, Brown v. Board of Education, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released a report claiming widespread segregation still exists in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the district’s administration is doing nothing to address it.

In the 2011-2012 school year, 69 percent of African-American students in CPS were in schools with more than 90 percent of the student body composed of the same ethnicity, according to Friday’s report, titled “Still Separate, Still Unequal” (PDF).

“The newest CPS leadership frames the district’s current inequities as an inevitable result of demographic trends,” the report reads. “Their fraudulent attempts to absolve corporate reform of any culpability in our separate and unequal school system are an extension of the resistance that enforcement of desegregation faced in the decades after Brown v Board.”

Of CPS’ schools with a student body that is 90 percent or more African American, one out of every four has been subject to school actions over the last decade, according to the CTU’s report.

The study also reveals that fewer than one out of every 20 schools with less than a 75 percent African-American student body were closed, phased-out or turned around during that time period.

“The way CPS’ policies impact communities, the way they’re constructed, are racist,” said Pavlyn Jankov, CTU research facilitator and author of the report. “These schools have been systematically targeted for decades; African-American students are bearing the brunt of failed policies.”

In March, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced a proposal to close 54 schools, consolidate 11 and turnarnd another six, potentially impacting more than 30,000 students. But, while 42 percent of the district’s population is African American, approximately 80 percent of the students affected by the proposed actions are black.

The study was released on the cusp of three days of massive CTU-organized protests against the proposed actions. {snip}


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  • CTU isn’t worried about “segregation,” it’s just the canard they’re using to save their own jobs.

    • me

      Segregation? Why? LOL!

      • LastBastionOfHope

        Actually quite impressive…for him.

      • Paleoconn

        The two times in my life that I experienced public flatulence was blacks as the offenders. First a DC area Footlocker full of blacks when somebody let a silencer go at the cash where I waited to pay.

        Then entering an elevator with a black woman with dreads in it. It reeked. I should have immediately exited but I was in a hurry. When it reached the ground floor, this specimen made a move to exit first, but I cut her off to leave first. Normally I let women off before me, not this time!

  • Licurg Enescu

    If you’re white -HOMESCHOOL! That’s all I have to say.

    • e2657383

      And move out of Chicago.

  • The__Bobster

    Errr, there just aren’t enough White bodies to spread around, but your Bantus never were very good at maff.

    • sbuffalonative

      Exactly. And when there are enough whites to make a difference, blacks complain they need “critical mass” to succeed.

      As always, heads they win, tails we lose.

  • But, while 42 percent of the district’s population is African American, approximately 80 percent of the students affected by the proposed actions are black.
    And that is because they are the one who have desroyed their neighborhoods so badly that they look like war zones of vacant lots and boarded up homes. Just a small percentage of blacks in school? Problem. All black school? Problem. There is nothing that they won’t complain about. Just give them their high school diploma when they are born …..

    • Viking_61

      The only way to stop the voluntary segregation between the whites, blacks, and Mexicans we see in Chicago is for the government to dictate to people where they live. I wouldn’t put it past this government in the 21st century to do just such a thing.

  • APaige

    Black people have no issues with everything being considered bad if it is super-majority black? Do they actually believe their kids will do better in school with more white kids?

  • brengunn

    I’m sure I’ve read somewhere that Chicago’s schools are amongst the best funded schools in America. I’d want to know how much funding these black schools get before branding them the product of a racist school system. If they get the same or more funding than the white schools, and I’m sure they will do, how can it be seen as racist?

    Why exactly do they need to be educated with whites and isn’t that an admission of some kind of inferiority on their part, that they cannot learn in their own environment?

    • e2657383

      Yeah…why do they want to learn around racist White people?

  • LastBastionOfHope

    Please! Let us in wit all da wite wimmenz! We also wanna get da benefitz of witey bekuz dey be smart n be livin in da nice hoodz.

  • fu kma twss fo

    more abbreviations… heres mine: fu kma ftws and gsad ………unprofessional tabloid trash….. utt

  • JohnEngelman

    The junior and senior high school I attended was less than five percent black. Because I took college prep courses the only class I shared with blacks was gym class. This is one of the reasons I grew up with a fairly benign attitude toward blacks.

    I have since then learned that predominantly black public schools are usually dangerous places where little learning can take place. This is why black parents try to get their children into predominantly white schools. It is why white parents shrink from the approach of those black children.

    White liberals are never so hypocritical as on the subject of school integration. They support it “in principle.” Nevertheless, they move or send their children to private schools if the alternative is to send them to predominantly black public schools.

    The only white parents who send their children to predominantly black public schools do so because they cannot afford any alternatives. If these start out as liberals they soon change their minds.

  • e2657383

    “The way CPS’ policies impact communities, the way they’re constructed, are racist,” said Pavlyn Jankov

    Didn’t see that one coming.

  • Triarius

    “African-American students are bearing the brunt of failed policies.”

    Correction, African Americans are the failed policy.

  • gemjunior

    They’ll never be equal. And since everyone always wants to get away from them, they will always be alone with each other since they are the only ones that can stand themselves.

  • sbuffalonative

    They’re just angry because the white man won’t share his miraculous, transformational juju with blacks.

    The white man keeps all the juju to himself and won’t share.

  • Sick of it

    Where I live the opposite is happening. They are forcing more and more integration through rural school closures, no matter the burden upon parents who have to travel much greater distances to send their kids to school (since only minorities are bussed home).

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    “69 percent of African-American students in CPS were in schools with more than 90 percent of the student body composed of the same ethnicity. . . of CPS’ schools with a student body that is 90 percent or more African American, one out of every four has been subject to school actions”

    Again, this means that 69% percent of black students find themselves a majority in the schools they attend. This means AA’s are more likely to be a majority than a minority where they attend, and most likely where they live. Shouldn’t the effort be geared toward having Them be more sensitive toward others? Isn’t that Really what’s lacking in ‘Chicago’?

    Doesn’t this mean (the closing of these school) more blacks will be attending white or hispanice or asian schools in the future? Isn’t that what the result of these school closings will be? Again, blacks are always the ‘victims’ no matter what.

    Was reading a book about Obama in the Springfield, Illinois public library. It was a picture book for school children. Students aged 9 were all asked about how they felt about Obama. All of them talked about the ‘discrimination’ AA’s faced and how Obama braved this. They were 9 years old. Their grandparents benefited (or were reduced) by affirmative action. Their grandparents were saturated with pro-minority (and white guilt) consciousness raising. Their grandparent grew up attending a school where the black pledge of allegiance was pumped into the classroom each morning by loudspeaker – or where the pledge of alliance was removed from the agenda because it was too ‘divisive’ or insensitive and the students should be ashamed. Their grandparents grew up in a world where black racial ‘activism’ was present, ubiquitous, and promoted, while whiteness was shunned.

    Jared Taylor recently spoke at a university where a white student union had formed on campus. One of the comments Jared made was in simply observing the students response to the white student union (an over-due ‘effort’ to live up to their diversity pledge?). Jared pointed out that the comments students made about the white student union (views that the majority seemed to share) were the very proof that a white student union was necessary on campus. Intentional or not, this was kind of a reversal. Years ago a university professor found this site and made some comments here. He claimed the comments Here were the very poof more ‘tolerance’ training was necessary. Dinesh D’Souza pointed out something like this many years ago, also. When students, for instance, speak out against affirmative action on campus, school administrators proclaim they’ve discovered the very bigotry they been warning us about.

  • Viking_61

    The CPS doesn’t understand the obvious: not even illiterate Mexican wetbacks want to send their kids to majority-black schools. What a slap in the face if you are a black Chicagoan!!!

  • Ella

    I don’t know how CPS will go about it. I’ve seen our district annex or change school-district zones to absorb in more minorities to qualify for Federal Grants. It’s big enough to “bus” minority children among our schools and re-distribute densely minority populations to wealthier neighbourhoods. In our case, it’s mostly Hispanics. Wealthier Whites send their children now to private schools as a response to rapid ethnic changes.

  • WR_the_realist

    If a school is 90% white nobody seriously believes that the white students will suffer in their education for not having enough people of other races about. If a school is 90% Chinese nobody seriously believes that the Chinese students will suffer in their education. But if a school is 90% black, it is generally understood by concerned liberals that the black students will not get a good education. Have they ever considered that this “black exception” is racist at its core?

    In any case, schools are rapidly running out of white children to mix into their minority majority school districts. White children are now a minority among American children, and more of their parents are realizing that they have better things to do with their children than sacrifice them to black majority school districts.