School's Out

It's elementary: Money talks

In the end, nothing was resolved; another meeting would be held later this month, but no date has yet been set. "This is such a politically charged issue," says Streitz. "I just don't get it; if community schools are supposed to be so good for kids and so good for neighborhoods, why doesn't every neighborhood have one? Why didn't they just do that in the first place? If every area had a good school, this wouldn't be happening now."

As much as anyone, Streitz says, he believes in the American dream of a quality education for all. But his kids shouldn't be put on a bus to do the work he sees as the district's and city's responsibility. So he plans to keep right on pushing, aware that people like him--white, educated, affluent, and persistent--tend to get what they want.

Father knows best: Tom Streitz wants to keep his kids off the bus
Diana Watters
Father knows best: Tom Streitz wants to keep his kids off the bus

"Most people end up getting deep-sixed in this kind of highly political process, but that's not going to happen this time. They're listening to us because we are organized. And that's because we have the skills, money, and time to take time off from work if we have to and do this. Poor people can't afford to do that like we can."

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