February 19th, 2020
St. Sen. Meeks' Urged To Rescind His "Skip School And Hop Bus" Proposal
Alex Voorman, Policy Analyst of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI), today urged St. Sen. James T. Meeks (D-15, Calumet City) to rescind his call for Chicago Public School students to skip the first day of school on September 2nd and be bussed over to New Trier High School in Winnetka to register for classes. Meeks claimed this move will highlight the inequality in funding between Chicago and its more affluent suburbs.
“It is outrageous that a state senator has urged students to skip the first day of school in order to carry out his political agenda,” said Voorman.
“Empirical data has shown that there is little or no correlation between increased funding and increased academic performance. The answer is not to bus Chicago’s students out of their neighborhoods, which will do nothing to solve the problems CPS system. We need to re-evaluate the CPS system and find out what can be done to rehabilitate it. The first step would be to eliminate teacher tenure at least in Chicago, if not statewide. Tenure only allows bad teachers to hold onto their jobs for no other reason than that they have been there for a long time.”
“It should be noted that Sen. Meeks supports SB 2288, the 67% statewide income tax increase, which is sponsored by State Senators Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4, Westchester) and Don Harmon (D-39, Oak Park). Apparently their lesson for Chicago students is that they don’t have to go to school, and that if there’s a problem, just take money from taxpayers to throw at it.”