School children are being used as pawns by the Chicago public school system.
Parents of Chicago Public School students are upset that the school system is playing partisan politics in a letter their children were sent home with.
It bashes both Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, and President Donald Trump as well.
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“Governor Bruce Rauner, just like President Trump, has decided to attack those who need the most help,” the “Dear Parents” letter begins, according to WGN.
The letter claimed Rauner “stole” from the children and twice accused him of “cheating” them.
The letter, which excoriates Illinois’ governor and president without mentioning Democrats who have controlled city and state legislative bodies for decades, was paid by tax dollars.
Parents were not amused.
“This is so inappropriate,” a CPS parent told WGN. “How can he send political propaganda home?”
At least one government watchdog group also questioned the school district’s decision.
“Invoking partisan politics – especially at the national level – is not the most effective way to build trust with parents and students,” said Sarah Brune of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
The governor’s office responded with its own letter, via Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis.
“Rather than cutting services and creating a crisis to help justify a campaign to raise taxes in Springfield, it would be helpful to everyone if CPS would work with all parties to enact a balanced budget package that includes comprehensive pension reform and a new and equitable school funding formula,” the letter said.
Recognizing the decay in the public school system nationwide, Trump nominated Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education. DeVos is a proponent of offering students a choice in education — especially in America’s inner cities.
For that reason her nomination was condemned by teachers’ unions and by extension, the Democratic party. She was confirmed only with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaker after two GOP senators cast their votes with the Democrats.
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Here’s the Chicago Public School’s letter in full, via WGN.
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