Mayor Emanuel returned from his skiing vacation in Utah just in time to find a few thousand teachers, students, and parents taking to the streets to protest his school closings.

Hundreds of activists are getting ready to protest his mental health clinic closings.

Students at Lane Tech have been protesting CPS’s confiscation of Persepolis.

And ministers, priests, and rabbis are protesting the water fees the city now charges charities and other nonprofits.

You know, with all these protests, I wouldn’t blame the mayor if he said, “Get me back to Utah!”

But give him some credit. Apparently, he put his time on the slopes to good use, coming up with a compelling reason for closing 54 schools, most in black neighborhoods.

Noting that there’s a particularly high dropout rate among young black men, Mayor Emanuel said, “Locking kids into a school that, year in and year out, is failing their full potential—is unacceptable.”

In other words, many black students are doing poorly in the public schools, so what he’s going to do is—convert uncrowded schools into crowded ones.

‘Cause nothing helps students learn like going to crowded schools.