The transformation of Chicago’s public schools into a privately managed charter-school system was launched in 2004 with Mayor Daley’s Renaissance 2010 plan to create 100 new schools. That plan was put into effect by Arne Duncan, the “CEO” (or executive manager) of CPS from 2001 to 2008, now Obama’s Secretary of Education. The principles of Renaissance 2010 are currently being generalized into a national model, while the destruction of Chicago’s public school system continues under new auspices.


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