• Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times
  • Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

It’s been two weeks since Mayor Emanuel’s school board followed the boss man’s order and closed 50 schools. And I haven’t gotten over it yet.

Obviously, some things just take time.

It reminds me of when the U.S. Supreme Court made George Bush the president by stopping the recount in Florida, thus ushering in eight years of war, recession, apocalypse in New Orleans, and other assorted miseries.

As you can see, 13 years later and I’m still not over that one. Maybe by 2026, I’ll have forgotten Mayor Emanuel’s assault on public education. Then again, probably not.

By the way, there are a few parallels. As I recall, Justice Antonin Scalia—the brains behind that Supreme Court coup—famously told Democrats to “get over it.”

Which is similar to what Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of the schools, said in a speech last week. “Whatever has happened this past year, it’s done. It is time to turn the page.”