Back in 2010, Democratic Party State Representative Jack Franks had a chance to help poor inner city kids get a decent education.
Jack Franks was one of the reasons why.
And, he was rewarded.
In fact, he got contributions before his vote.
Lots of them.
He got $1,000 from the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012.
When it comes to helping poor black kids or getting teacher union money, the contributions tend to speak for themselves.
Now, with the former State Senator and now full-time pastor James Meeks being appointed to Republican Bruce Rauner’s Transition Team, Franks may get a second chance to demonstrate that poor inner city kids mean more to him that teacher union contributions.
Rauner knows that the logic behind giving parents of kids in underperforming schools a choice is an issue that can be sold.
And his target will be folks who generally vote Democratic.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell said this about Meeks yesterday:
“Meeks, who said Rauner has asked him to help ‘shape the education agenda.’ is already bringing African-American issues to the table.
“I hope this administration will focus on two things for African-Americans:
- better schools and
Maybe Jack Franks legislative opponent next time around will have the money to call him to task for his ignoring what the shameful state of inner city education, if he continues to toe the teachers’ union status quo agenda.