No surprise when you consider the fact that the Chicago Teachers Union is one of the most liberal unions in the country (led by admitted communist Karen Lewis).
A test question for Chicago Public Schools seventh graders is being called “offensive,” “racist,” and factually inaccurate by groups as disparate as the Illinois GOP and the Chicago Teachers Union.
The district temporarily yanked the controversial question—part of a new battery of tests meant to determine the effectiveness of teachers—with schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett issuing an apology for it. But the district has quietly put the question back in its testing database with an “addendum” for teachers to read to aloud to students before they take the exam.
The question asks pupils to read two commentaries—both opposed to undocumented immigrants becoming U.S. citizens—and evaluate the text and the authors’ biographies to determine “the most authoritative and relevant to support your argument OPPOSING a pathway to citizenship.”
“I think it’s best to keep America for Americans and those who know how to speak English properly,” says the first text. “Save America for those of us who know how to behave in law abiding ways.” The article says undocumented immigrants “should go back to where they came from,” and the author says he “dream(s) of a time when we ban all new immigrants to America both legal and illegal.” The author is pictured as a black man named as Arie Payo, identified as a former aide to “President Bush’s Immigration Taskforce” and a contributor to “the Conservative Journal.”
But it turns out that Payo, his opinions, his credentials and even the “Conservative Journal” are all made up; so is the second text, in which small business owner “Stella Luna”— coincidentally the title of a children’s book—is identified as author of “The Dream Act is a Nightmare.” She worries that giving citizenship to immigrants “will increase the number of poor people in town.”
Eighty-five percent of CPS students are low-income. Many are immigrants or children of immigrants.
WBEZ has learned that the immigration question had been returned to the performance task database—meaning it could be administered to more students. The test now includes an “addendum” for librarians to read aloud to students before giving them the exam; it reminds them that they were tested on two pro-immigration viewpoints at the beginning of the school year and says they will now encounter two viewpoints opposing immigration.