School Board Meeting Rescheduled For Monday

From CPS:  The Chicago Board of Education will meet Monday, November 23. Public participation will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m., and will be followed immediately by the business portion of the meeting. "We anticipate that many persons may wish to appear at this meeting to express their gratitude and affection for Michael Scott. For this reason, all individuals who wish to pay their respects to Mr. Scott will be called to speak during the beginning of the Public Participation segment of the meeting. The remainder of the Public Participation segment will proceed according to the Guidelines for Public Participation." Here's the agenda (PDF).Here's the agenda (PDF).


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  • Mary Mitchell's second take on MS:,CST-NWS-mitch19.article

  • how come flags aren't at half staff? PURE wants to know.

  • JW of pure will do whatever she can to get attention!
    Feeling guilty Julie from the way you yelled at and dissed Michael at his last Board meeting?
    US flags should NOT be lowered--this is not a military death nor was he in US elected office. Same for Il. However, chicago could have lowered their flags, but just think Julie--everyone was in such shock that no one thought of this--only you would turn it into a criticism. Sure hope you wont be there on Sunday--do chicagoans a favor and stay home.

  • Friends & family fund - stealth budget account worth millions to put family members, campaign operatives and those with political baggage on yet another taxpayer-funded payroll.

    Friends & family fund for Chicago aldermen
    November 18, 2009 11:58 PM | No Comments

    As City Hall struggles to pay for basic services, a stealth budget account worth millions has allowed Chicago aldermen to put family members, campaign operatives and those with political baggage on yet another taxpayer-funded payroll.

    Operating without scrutiny, one alderman hired the mother of a former top mayoral aide later convicted of rigging city hiring. Another hired a city worker ousted for sexual harassment allegations. Several others hired relatives.

    "All of us (aldermen) have family members on the payroll," said Ald. Isaac Carothers, 29th, who has paid a relative more than $30,000 since January 2008. "That's nothing new."

    The revelation comes as Mayor Richard Daley prepares to ask a federal judge to end decades of court supervision over City Hall's clout-heavy hiring practices, arguing that illegal patronage is dead. But the city's hiring compliance officer told the Tribune he didn't know about the payroll of about $1.3 million a year.

  • Chicago School Board member pleads guilty to tax evasion; new board named

    D. Sharon Grant, former president of the Chicago School Board, pleaded not guilty to state charges of failing to file income tax returns for 1990 through 1993. Earlier, she pleaded guilty on similar federal charges. Federal and state prosecutors said Grant deliberately concealed more than $1 million in income by failing to file income tax returns. Grant reportedly agreed to plead guilty to the federal charge and pay a $350,000 fine in exchange for avoiding prison.

    Grant's legal problems and resignation from the school board came at the same time Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was making appointments to the city's new school board. Daley, who under new state law has full control of the Chicago school system for the next four years, appointed his former chief of staff, Gery Chico, as president of the five-member board.

    Others appointed to the board's four-year terms are: native Chicagoan Norman Bobins, president and CEO of LaSalle National Bank; Dr. Tariq Butt, director of the Mount Sinai Madison Family Health Center on the city's West Side; Sharon Gist Gilliam, a former top official in Mayor Harold Washington's administration and currently chief operating officer of the Unison Consulting Group; and Gene Saffold, a Hyde Park resident who is director of Smith Barney's public finance division.

    Daley also appointed the board of education's management team, which includes: Cozette Buckney as chief of staff; Leonard Dominguez as director of policy and research; Ken Gotsch as chief financial officer; former principal Pat Harvey as chief accountability officer; Diane Minor as chief procurement officer; Ben Reyes as chief operating officer; former principal Lynn St. James as chief education officer; and former city budget director Paul Vallas as chief executive officer.

  • "intentional" and "deceptive," U.S. Attorney James Burns said she had not filed a federal income tax return since 1977.

  • pulaski is on the agenda, including a name change to pulaski international academy, some charter renewals (passages, noble street) and new approvals...

  • oh how the mighty have fallen--can you name 1, just 1 employee listed above NOT involved in any financial scandel either with CPS or after or both? What a shame--Daley really set a corrupt tone right from the start.

  • Is there not one amoung them...
    OUT of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.
    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.
    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

  • WATCH THIS - 09-1123-EX1 Transfer of funds what funds and for who.

  • lots of charters

    2- new performance schools

    5 - renewals and probably expansion of exiting charters

    9 - approve and grant new charters

    Lease agreements(charters) i would be nice to have the amounts before ratification

  • nothing for avondale montessori, far as i can see. amazing. when i tell people that story they just shake their heads.

  • A meeting like this one? Interesting video posted at Scroll down to the entry titled "Another Oddity" and play the video link. Second City Cop blogger says: Sarcasm and Silliness from a Windy City Cop
    Thursday, November 19, 2009
    Pension Board Meeting Alert
    From the comments:

    * Pension Board Rep Mike Shields said he needs support at the next pension board meeting to ensure that the civilian high ranking members trying to steal from our pension fund are indeed forced out.

    The next scheduled meeting of the Pension Board is November 24th Tuesday, 0900 hrs. at Policemen

  • Seems like the entire SCC blog posted when just "Another Oddity" was relevant.

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