‘Vallas helped Wall Street loot Chicago’s schools’ / NPR’s bleeding / Quiz!

‘Vallas helped Wall Street loot Chicago’s schools.’ The Lever: Looking back to mayoral candidate Paul Vallas’ time atop the Chicago Public Schools, a new report concludes that his actions transferred more than $1.5 billion from classrooms to some of the wealthiest parties on the planet.
From Saturday: The Lever, founded by Northwestern-educated David Sirota,has been ahead of the media pack on several recent stories.”
Vallas’ successor at the schools’ helm—and later U.S. Education Secretary—Arne Duncan is backing Vallas for mayor, on grounds cop-friendly Vallas is in the best position to give police “the hard truth.”
WBEZ and the Sun-Times contrast the life stories of candidates Vallas and Brandon Johnson.
Guess which one was born in Elgin and which on Chicago’s South Side.
 Time to decide: Check the Chicago Public Square voter guide—for the city and the suburbs.

Who moved the Taste? When Block Club Chicago asked the city about the decision to yank Taste of Chicago out of Grant Park to make room for that NASCAR thing, it got back 121 pages—almost all of them redacted, rendering the contents indecipherable.
Historian and man about town Robert Loerzel unfolds a history of “the coolest spot in Chicago.”

Lawmakers at work. Advancing through the Illinois General Assembly: Bills that would …
 … let multiple-occupancy public restrooms be labeled as gender-neutral.
 … require all state-funded affordable housing to have air-conditioning controlled by residents.

NPR’s bleeding. The network has cut four podcasts and 10% of its staff.
In a move targeted at—among others—the nation’s increasingly desperate newspaper publishers, the Federal Trade Commission is proposing a rule making it easier to “click to cancel” recurring subscriptions and memberships.
 Takes One to Know One Dept.: Fox host Tucker Carlson this week attacked TV hosts who tell “lies” to “keep their stupid TV jobs.”

‘Young people have First Amendment rights.’ Count the Electronic Frontier Foundation against a groundbreaking Utah law blocking kids and teenagers’ access to social media apps unless they have parental consent.
The law—effective next year—would also forbid those under 18 from using social media between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
An EFF director says it would “incalculably harm the ability of young people to protect their privacy.”
Slate interviews a Florida school board chair who forced out a principal after Michelangelo’s David was shown in class.

TikTok, toasted. The company’s CEO yesterday endured hours of grilling from D.C. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
 Lyz Lenz’s Dingus of the Week: Bosses.

'We nearly broke the system.’ The Sun-Times reports that, three years into the pandemic, Chicago-area hospitals are struggling against waves of patient violence and staff departures.
ProPublica:A bleak assessment” from the National Institutes of Health finds the national rate of stillbirths “unacceptably high.”
A New Orleans federal court decision written by a Donald Trump appointee has blocked a federal mandate that U.S. government workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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