Last month, thousands of parents, teachers, school workers, and community members protested a proposed closing of 54 schools in the city of Chicago next fall. It's the latest in a series of attempts to close public schools, open charter schools, and generally turn education into a for-profit business, all with little fanfare from the media and even less open, democratic discussion. I think we can change that.
At 1:43, a speaker mentions TIFs (tax increment financing), a controversial method that's been used in Chicago to generate funds for urban redevelopment. If you're interested in boning up on your public financing (And, really, who isn't?), check out this great series in the fantastic Chicago Reader.