I attended a community meeting a few day ago and I left feeling disappointed, empty, frustrated and marginalized. Once again we speak up after the fact and are rarely consulted before a decision is made that will have a far reaching impact. Enter the spin doctors whose main role is to make the bad news palatable.
You might wonder what I am speaking about. Well the wind is out of my sails, once again we are not operating on a level playing field as usual and this issue like so many others will be a dot on someone’s screen five years from now. Excuse me a minute while I gather my wits and try to convey to you, the reader, my utter disappointment at the turn of events.
I think this is an issue for the people’s court. Let me present my case. This is a problem that a check and good marketing could solve. Yes a check and an individual adept at marketing in the new age. The problem is seven Catholic schools are closing in the Chicago Archdiocese. Oops, I meant to use the terminology of the spin doctor. Her word was merging. I perceive this as a problem because it is about choice. Some people prefer to provide a private education to their children for innumerable reasons. There is no point in listing them except to say the Chicago Public School system still needs a lot of work to offer the kind of education that helps all children become competitive and ready for further education at elite facilities.
I probably should give the disclaimer now. I am an alumna of the school and a product of sixteen years of Catholic education additionally next year there was a family plan to send the third generation to the same school. That position will no longer be available to my family and many others. The information presented to answer the question why was that low enrollment facility structural issues, and the monumental debt incurred over the last six years to the Archdiocese made it a prudent decision to merge. That word leaves a bad taste on my palate.