Schools Chair Michael Scott Believed Dead [updated]

scottscene640.jpgBody of school board boss found in Chicago River Tribune
A body believed to be that of Michael Scott, the president of the
Chicago Public Schools board of education, was found in the Chicago
River near the Merchandise Mart this morning, police said.

Reports Say Chicago Board of Ed Official Found Dead WBEZ
Published reports say the body is apparently that of Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott. Scott has served on the education board three ...

Chicago School Board Chief Missing; Body May Have Been Found NPR
"A body believed to be that of Michael Scott, the president of the Chicago Board of Education, was found in the Chicago River near the ...
Chicago school board chief found dead
The body, thought to be that of Chicago School Board president Michael Scott, was discovered in the Chicago River near the city's Merchandise Mart building ..

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  • So sad for anyone to lose their life.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    While people may find the loss of life to be sad, I cannot feel sadness in this case. This lack of a sorrowful emotion is NOT because I hold any ill will toward Mr. Scott, but rather that Mr. Scott chose to take the cowards way out.
    By making the choice to end his own life rather than face his problems head on, Mr. Scott has, in effect, admitted his own guilt and sent a signal to others that he had no respect for them. This lack of respect includes his family, his friends, his co-workers, and the students of the Chicago public school system.
    This is not a time for sadness, nor is it a time for joy. Rather it is a time to move on. The mayor needs to find another person to lead the school board, preferably one who will respect those that they serve.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    R.I.P Mr. Scott....sincerely hope there are no turnarounds in heaven.

  • I know Michael and his lovely wife, and am saddened to hear of the loss of this kind man.

    Many people I know have suffered though the death of loved ones this year, including me, which drives home the point that life is SO precious - you have to appreciate every moment you are given and be unafraid to take chances. Live life with abandon!

  • Statement by Marilyn Stewart, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, on the sudden death of

    CBOE President Michael Scott
    CTU President Marilyn Stewart released the following statement early this morning on the reported death of Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott.

    "I am saddened by the sudden death of President Scott. This is a tragic loss for his family and children who earlier this year lost their mother to illness. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and his fellow colleagues at the Board.

    I spoke with Michael on Saturday afternoon regarding matters on the agenda for this week

  • Michael Scott, president of the Chicago Board of Education, apparently shot himself in the head along the banks of the Chicago River early this morning, police sources say.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/man-found-dead-near-merchandise-mart-downtown.html

  • what to say? thoughts and prayers and fond remembrances, for sure. questions about foul play or what could have put him in a position to want to end his life if indeed that's what happened. a sense of shock and dread that someone so prominent and seemingly without worry could go so quickly. questions about the future -- for cps, for the city. and where are the statements from city hall and ron huberman?

    /ar

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    agreed. very strange that the go to guy has no city support?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Under investigation or not...wrongful dealings or not...poor decisions or not...anytime someone chooses to end their life so prematurely, my heart breaks for the persons who love them. I can't think of anything that's worth taking your life over.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    garrard mclendon offers some words of condolence and says he's going to wait until this mystery unfolds before making any further comment

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/garrard-mcclendon-live/2009/11/the-pressures-of-michael-scott.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the mayor has canceled an appearance in grand rapids, according to this report

    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/chicago_mayor_richard_daley_ca.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    My condolences to his family.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the superintendent of the cleveland public schools shot himself 24 years ago, according to a new york times story sent to me by a colleague. scroll down to the bottom of this post to read about that tragedy.

    http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2009/11/tragedy-school-board-chairman-found-dead.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    No matter what Mr. Scott did or didn't do in his professional capacity, he was a human being- a father, husband, son who was loved. There is no justification for the ignorant comments of people on this board and on other sites who are trying to use his tragic death to prove a point or bolster their own arguments. Shame on you.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Mr. Scott was always polite and respectful in his dealings with me. I had a profound disagreement with him and other Board members about their accounatbility for CPS finances. Until July 26th 1995 when the Board suspended its own rule requiring a standing budget committee, the CPS Board held monthly public meetings looking at CPS expenditures. The very meeting where Mr. Scott was reappointed as Chair of the Board, the Board voted not to have any standing committees at all (July 22, 2009 09-0722-RU1). This action was wrong. Only one week ago I addressed a letter to Mr. Scott and his fellow Board members on the need to re-establish direct Board supervision of CPS finances.

    I have felt that Mr. Scott during his current presidency and in his prior term did not take a proactive stance in correcting the many problems that exist with CPS special education. But Mr. Scott never denied to me or other advocates for students with disabilities that these problems existed. He did several times indicate that the Board lacked the resources to attack these problems and I disagreed with him on that issue too.

    But disagreements aside I am deeply sorry for Mr. Scott's family.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I am so disappointed that Mr. Kugler could not show common courtesy or an ounce of decorum.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Do the right thing and take down the Kugler posts, Alexander. Unless that is the type of thing you want your site to be associated with...

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    from CPS:

    Statement from Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman:

    We are heartbroken and saddened by the unspeakable tragedy.

    Our immediate thoughts are with Michael's family and everyone who was touched by him.

    Michael Scott

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the coroner has ruled it was a suicide, according to cbs2, and clarified that scott was found on the riverbank not in the river.

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/michael.scott.body.2.1314643.html

    some may find it indelicate, but this story also addresses questions surrounding scott's finances and role in ren10

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I think we should both be respectful and compassionate towards his family and honest in our depictions. Part of being a public official is that you are responsible for the benefits and damage you do to people's lives in both life and death.

    The choices Michael Scott made in his life are impacting children today like any other day. My heart goes out to his family and also to the families of all of those who have been affected by his policies.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Retired Principal said: WOW! I'm baffled by his death! P.S.- I fine it interesting that the phone at his real estate company is disconnected!

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I might not have always agreed with the decisions or the agenda, but he was dedicated to education. Condolences to the Scott family.

    However, we should not disparage those questioning the awkwardness of these circumstances. There are many answers needed to assure the public in this case.

    Was the gun registered to him? If not, where did it come from? (And why would anyone connected to the anti-gun Daley administration even be allowed a gun?)

    From all initial accounts, Mr. Scott did not appear suicidal. Was there a note? Were there any warning signs?

    Hopefully, this investigation will be thorough and complete and done in the light of day and go well beyond just the physical evidence.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    more from AP, including a snippet from quinn.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jAXxWe9-eu51FymXZ8PfV37peKXgD9C0R4Q00

    plus a chicago journal blurb including a neighbor's shock:

    http://www.chicagojournal.com/Blogs/Near-Loop-Wire/11-16-2009/Shock_at_news_of_Scott%27s_death

    and another tribune update with more about scott's history:
    http://www.chicagojournal.com/Blogs/Near-Loop-Wire/11-16-2009/Shock_at_news_of_Scott%27s_death

    now i'm done.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I might not have always agreed with the decisions or the agenda, but he was dedicated to education. Condolences to the Scott family.

    However, we should not disparage those questioning the awkwardness of these circumstances. There are many answers needed to assure the public in this case.

    Was the gun registered to him? If not, where did it come from? (And what was anyone connected with the anti-gun Daley administration doing with a gun?)

    From all initial accounts, Mr. Scott did not appear suicidal. Was there a note? Were there any warning signs?

    Hopefully, this investigation will be thorough and complete and go well beyond just the physical evidence.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    He was a crook and he took the coward's way out.

  • arne duncan statement just released:

    "I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott. Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as President of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader and the city

  • live by the sword die by the sword. pattern developing in chicago. he was not a nice guy and nor did he care for the children of the city. he could have stopped the school closings and deaths instead he promoted them and got rich doing it. I have no nice words for someone who ruined so many lives including mine. I am living through his policies of transformation and school closings right now and so are thousands of children and teachers throughout the city.

    wasn't he under federal investigation?

    John Kugler
    kuglerjohn@comcast.net

    Questions surround death of Christopher Kelly, ex-adviser to Rod Blagojevich
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-chris-kelly-death-14-sep14,0,6938993.story

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I'm so sorry you've elected to trod the path of bitterness. I somehow expected much more of you, Mr. Kugler.

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    not bitter, just the facts. when someone purposefully hurts children they are bad. anyone who justifies the harming of children is also bad. we need to stop covering up what is happening to chicago children and say the truth. i would be a shame if it came out that these people are profiting personally from the school closings by manipulating neighborhoods for real estate speculation. just because i say the death of someone does not make me sad doesn't mean i am bitter. Scott was part of the destruction of neighborhood schools that lead to the increase in violence in cps schools. i do not have to feel sorry for him or his family. the suntimes story was straight and to the point.
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1886301,michael-scott-body-river-education-111509.article

    additionally why was he carrying a handgun in the city of chicago? was that legal?

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I do send my condolences to the family and friends for their great loss. Yet, it is also fine to be honest and say that Scott was part of the Daley machinery to bring down public education as we know it. The blueprint followed by Scott, Duncan, Huberman, etal, has no commonality with what true high performing school districts do to support building professional capacity in schools. It is in the schools and classrooms where learning happens. Chicago is a world class city with third rate folks running CPS. Sad legacy!

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    I must agree with the post by District299Reader - the loss of human life is so very tragic, regardless of the circumstance. I knew Mr. Scott to be an individual who wanted to bridge the very difficult waters we find the district in. My thoughts go out to his family and all those touched by him in some positive way.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    Mr. Scott- You will be missed. A role model for both young and old. I thank you for your dedication and hard work. I hope you find peace in heaven. Your legacy will live on. I will pray for you.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    In case the tragic death of Michael Scott remains confirmed as a suicide, it is interesting to refer to the CPS policy on dealing with suicides of students. No memorial service at school. No tree-planting or other memento permitted on school grounds. Etc.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    May he rest in peace and the Lord be with his loved ones.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    god bless MICHAEL Scott-Jehovah, Buddha, Yahweh, et al. Anyone and everyone. I cry out: Why did you do this? So many would have helped you, supported you. Oh, Michael, our valiant angel, RIP. Feds need to be involved! NOW. The conspiracy theories are all around. Lord Daley, the CPS king or your Olympics, you must resign NOW! (Put Orr in as mayor.) And Alderman Solis

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Solis is a bum! No heart! Huberman is lost. Look at his eyes, they give him away everytime.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    god bless MICHAEL Scott-Jehovah, Buddha, Yahweh, et al. Anyone and everyone. I cry out: Why did you do this? So many would have helped you, supported you. Oh, Michael, our valiant angel, RIP. Feds need to be involved! NOW. The conspiracy theories are all around. Lord Daley, the CPS king or your Olympics, you must resign NOW! (Put Orr in as mayor.) And Alderman Solis

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Yea, but not change his spots: take but my shame.
    And I resign my gage. My dear dear lord,
    The purest treasure mortal times afford
    Is spotless reputation: that away,
    Men are but gilded loam or painted clay.
    A jewel in a ten-times-barr'd-up chest
    Is a bold spirit in a loyal breast.
    Mine honour is my life; both grow in one:
    Take honour from me, and my life is done:
    Then, dear my liege, mine honour let me try;
    In that I live and for that will I die.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the story makes the national press with this new york times story slated for page A22

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/us/17chicago.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Rash Of Suicides Hits Chicago Politicos
    There is a pattern developing. A big shot political insider draws the scrutiny of federal prosecutors combating the corrupt Chicago political system. This is followed by the big shot political insider choosing to end his life. Today, long-time Chicago School Board President Michael Scott's body was found. Hours later, an efficient medical examiner ruled his death a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
    http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2009/11/rash-of-suicides-hit-chicago-politicos.html

    In October, a top adviser to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich with close ties to Mayor Daley died after ingesting a deadly combination of pain medications and rat poisoning. Reporting on the death of Christopher Kelly following his indictment by federal prosecutors and guilty plea.
    http://www.suntimes.com/1767469,christopher-kelly-blagojevich-dead-091209.article

    Then there was the suicide death of Orlando Jones a couple of years ago shortly after he was contacted by federal investigators.
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/557589,CST-NWS-Jones14.article

    The Obama-Rezko-Blagojevich-Daley ties run deep in Chicago. The Chicago Way is becoming a pretty deadly business these days. Who will be the next victim? Will U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ever get to the bottom of this deep cesspool? That can't happen without removing President Obama from office, along with his top Chicago political advisers, including Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod and ending the career of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his corrupt city administration.

    http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2009/11/rash-of-suicides-hit-chicago-politicos.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Rash Of Suicides Hits Chicago Politicos
    http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/2009/11/rash-of-suicides-hit-chicago-politicos.html

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Isolated location no place for such a public man to die
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-17-nov17,0,6350417,print.column

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is It Just Us or was this about the quickest determination of "suicide" in a Chicago death investigation in recent years?

    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

    The death of Chicago School Board President Michael Scott was ruled a suicide this afternoon by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, officials said. Of course, the web Scott operated in is now a hotbed of conspiracy theories. The list of people interviewed in the Sun Times article is a veritable "Who's Who" of political intrigue and insider connections:
    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    If you play with the devil..

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    This is very sad. At a certain point, retirement is meant to be just that. Coming back to the fray may have been less self satisfying and a greater burden than it was at an earlier time in life. Political and community responsibilities can burn anyone out and may have lead to a tragic moment of self doubt and the usual belief in a better tomorrow. Condolences to his family and friends. I doubt they read this blog but I do want to say there are people who care, regardless.

  • In reply to kuglerjohn:

    From that cbs article, there were only 2 real legal-ish items out there (unless more is hidden and was bout to spring). One was the Olympics bid issue, but since the Olympics aren't happening in Chicago anyway, that was moot and no one was going to spend any legal time on that one. The 2nd was the clout issue, but that was penny-ante and the worst that would have happened to him is loss of his job. Whatever his concerns, I don't think either of those two were contributors.

  • This is such sad news.

    I have no idea who this Kugler person is but I am glad he is no longer in the classroom.

  • In reply to chicagomom:

    chicagomom troll.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29

    Commented on SuperSecret

  • On Monday, Carothers cut off a conversation with a reporter when asked whether he had recorded any conversations with Scott.

    He would only say, "He was just a great friend and a great individual. My heart goes out to his family. It's just a tragedy."

    Carothers said he has known Scott for "15-to-20 years, at least."

    "He was a great negotiator, a great facilitator," the alderman said.

    Pressed further about any business dealings he might have had with Scott, Carothers said, "All I have is what I gave you." He then hung up the phone.

    In August, he was forced to answer questions about his involvement in a development proposal near the the proposed Douglas Park Olympic site. He insisted he would not profit from the deal.

    Scott was Mayor Daley's long-time go-to guy but raised eyebrows earlier this year when he disclosed to the Sun-Times that he had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating how students were selected for the system's elite selective-enrollment high schools.

    Scott insisted he had done nothing wrong, but the system responded with a massive crackdown on college prep principals' ability to handpick up to five percent of their seats outside the normal selection process. An aide to Scott had requested such a pick at Whitney Young High School, but later withdrew the request at Scott's insistence, sources said at the time.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1886301,michael-scott-body-river-education-111509.article

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