What were the highs and lows of 2009 for Chicago Public Schools? Here's an excerpt from the Sun Times' review of Mayor Daley's pretty awful year reminding us about how the Mayor ignored Arne Duncan's public support for Barbara Eason-Watkins:
"The Daley shuffle continued with the appointment of CTA President Ron
Huberman to replace Arne Duncan to head the city's schools. Before
departing to become President Obama's secretary of education, Duncan
had recommended his chief education officer, Barbara Eason-Watkins, as
his replacement. Daley ignored the advice and picked Huberman, who had
endeared himself to the mayor as the City Hall chief of staff who
cleaned house after the Hired Truck and city hiring scandals."
The murder of Darrian Albert has to be a low point, along with the botched magnet school application proposal process. The rejection of the Avondale Montessori charter proposal. The district's low ratings on NAEP compared to other big cities. Bright moments? I'm not sure I can think of any right off the bat. But then again my brain doesn't work that way.
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