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Trib Op-Ed Claims ‘Lawmakers in Springfield’s’ Fault that Chicago State is Such a Disaster

Chicago Tribune 29 February 2016 No Comment

It is clear that politicians in Springfield don’t care about the students at Chicago State University.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan are derailing the dreams of 4,800 young people, the majority of them African-Americans, by blocking their college education.

With no historically black colleges and universities in Illinois, Chicago State is the closest we have to an HBCU. Chicagoans can’t afford to stand by and allow it to be shut down.

Across the country, state colleges and universities with majority black enrollments are regularly under siege. Whenever there’s a budget crisis, they are the first to land on the chopping block. The decision-makers never seem to understand the value of a school that draws mostly low-income students from an urban area.

Schools like Chicago State are labeled as wasteful, poorly run, money-drainers that offer little return on investment. They are expendable and so are their students.

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