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The [Monday] Papers

"The Rev. Jesse Jackson is leading a group of community leaders in calling for an infusion of $7 million from the Quinn administration to keep Roseland Community Hospital running without dramatic cuts to patient care," Crain's reports.

"The Far South Side safety-net hospital has a backlog of about $8 million in outstanding bills older than 90 days that it must pay, or else it will have to significantly reduce services. The hospital hasn't been able to generate enough cash flow to pay its expenses because it serves a primarily poor population that often doesn't have any health coverage, including Medicaid, hospital executives say.

"But cutting health care services will only exacerbate a desperate situation for a community devastated by unemployment, housing foreclosures and street violence, said Rev. Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, who has scheduled a press conference at the 110-bed hospital [Monday] morning.

"There is a health care desert in the Roseland, Englewood and South Chicago area," he said in an interview. By cutting already-scarce services, 'you're compounding the effects of poverty.'"

Says Jackson:

He is presumably referring to this.

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Sure is.

"Chicago-area gunshot victims who are shot more than five miles from a trauma center have a higher mortality rate, according to a new public health study released on Thursday," WBEZ reported last week.

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About That Flood Plan
"Days after heavy rains swamped hundreds of homes in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood leaving many without power and gas, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the construction of a $55 million underground pipeline he says will alleviate future flooding," the Sun-Times reports.

The 11th of 12 paragraphs:

"The new pipeline has been in the planning stages for about a year."

In other words, Emanuel simply re-announced something that had already been announced. He has a habit of doing that.

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Does that mean Emanuel shouldn't have mentioned the pipeline project? No; it's worth reminding Albany Park residents help is on the way.

But reporters didn't have to go along with the spin. Alternate lead:

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel reminded Albany Park residents still bailing out their flooded homes that help is on the way - a pipeline designed to alleviate the effects of heavy rains in the Northwest Side neighborhood has been in the works for almost a year."

Follow The Money
UNO has been very, very good to the d'Escoto family. There's a lot of money to be made in charters and school "reform."

CPS: Calculating Prime Stupidity
"Student enrollment at several Chicago Public Schools could balloon over capacity if the district closes 54 schools as planned, data shows," DNAinfo Chicago reports.

"As many as nine elementary schools would exceed 100 percent capacity if every closure and consolidation is approved by the Board of Education next month, an analysis by DNAinfo.com Chicago shows. CPS classifies schools with 30 students per homeroom as being at 100 percent capacity."

Now they do.

"Pegging calculations to a 30-student class allows the mayor and school officials to drive the public debate with attention-grabbing statistics," the Tribune reported last month.

"It has enabled the Emanuel administration to declare nearly half of all elementary and high schools underused, leaving 100,000 desks empty."

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Back to DNAinfo:

"CPS, though, doesn't consider a school 'overcrowded' until it is at 120 percent of its ideal capacity, or up to 36 students per homeroom."

I'd hate to have to teach math in Chicago.

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"By combining smaller, underutilized schools, principals will have more resources to hire needed staff and be better positioned to avoid the larger class sizes that we often see in our under-enrolled, under-resourced schools," CPS spokeswoman Becky Orwell said.

Er, I mean Becky Carroll, who said something quite different last month, per the Trib:

Becky Carroll, a CPS spokeswoman, argued that big classes don't necessarily hamper learning.

"It's the quality of teaching in that classroom," Carroll said. "You could have a teacher that is high-quality that could take 40 kids in a class and help them succeed."

To retranslate, Becky Carroll is claiming that the larger class sizes that will result from the CPS school closings plan are irrelevant if teachers do their job better but that smaller class sizes will also result from CPS school closings if you like that answer better because "underutilized" schools have classes that are too large, which is why more resources that didn't previously go to alleviate those alleged large classes will be directed to "welcoming" schools whose larger class sizes are irrelevant because it's all about teacher quality but now will somehow become smaller class sizes because that's how CPS is going to better serve its students.

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See also:
* Rahm's Class Size Wars
* Class sizes in this edition of The [Wednesday] Papers

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Most Transparent, Reformy Mayor Ever
IG To Rahm: Stop Blocking City Hall Investigations.

The Week The Blackhawks Wish Wasn't
Nothing good can happen for them in the next six days, our very own Jim Coffman writes in SportsMonday.

Fans File For Divorce
Theo Epstein is a little bit Hendry and a little bit Williams. The bad bits, I write in The Cub Factor.

Sacrificing Bunts
The White Sox need more of 'em, not less, our very own Roger Wallenstein writes in The White Sox Report.

It Went To 11
The Weekend in Chicago Rock, including Rebelution, Tortured Soul, Wax Trax!, Edward Burch, Get Set, Their/They're/There, Bonobo, Lydia Loveless, Laurie's Planet of Sound, Reckless Records, Permanent Records, The Stockyards, Jay Farrar, Bob Dylan w/Wilco, Dolly Varden, and Luke Winslow-King (with Esther Rose).

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Size matters.



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