Kenzo Shibata

Chicago teacher, activist, writer, media strategist

In These Times: CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett May Have Met Her Match in Chicago

This afternoon at 4pm, a coalition of Chicago teachers, parents, students and community members will meet at Daley Plaza to voice their displeasure with the announcement last week by Chicago … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jacobin Magazine: Disaster Capitalism, Chicago-style

In public policy circles, crises are called “focusing events” — bringing to light a particular failing in government policy.  They require government agencies to switch rapidly into crisis mode to … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Northwestern Master’s Thesis: Mayoral Control of Chicago Public Schools

Chicago school reform under mayoral control has consisted of policies based on two premises: first that top-down management will lead to more accountability of leaders and therefore better educational outcomes; … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Labor Notes: Reform Caucus Jolts Chicago Teachers Union

“Teaching is a privilege, learning is a right!” announced Karen Lewis, science teacher at King College Prep High School, at a January 9 community forum on education in Chicago. Lewis, … Continue reading

January 30, 2010 · Leave a comment

Gapers Block: Let My People Retire

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman takes notes from Republican Democrat Daleycrat playbook by invoking the tax increase boogeyman to garner support for raiding teacher pensions. The CPS proposed budget for 2009-2010 was unveiled (in … Continue reading

August 17, 2009 · Leave a comment

Gapers Block: No Investment Banker Left Behind

In order to promote market stability, the treasury department has proposed that the federal government buy up to $700 billion in “troubled” assets from securities firms. Although the bill that … Continue reading

October 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

Beachwood Reporter: Policing Our Teachers

Those of us who are junkies for The Wire are familiar with the cuteportmanteau “COMPSTAT” (Comparative+Statistics). On the show, this was the program implemented by the Baltimore City Police Department that was intended … Continue reading

January 3, 2008 · Leave a comment