What Does The Mayor's Announcement Mean For CPS?

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Mayor Daley isn't running for re-election, according to WBBM and the Sun Times.  If confirmed, this means big things for Chicago and for Chicago public schools.  A new mayor will likely want to bring in his or her own education chief, and a new agenda.  Somewhat the same scenario may be playing out in Washington DC, where mayor Adrien Fenty may lose re-election and his schools chief Michelle Rhee is expected to lose her job.  What do you think will be the effect, if any, of a lame duck mayor and a new holder of office in City Hall?  Do you think it will be better or worse under the next regime?  What happens to folks like Caron and Huberman in the meantime?


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  • He'll get rid of Jodie Weis; put in Huberman as Police Chief; and move Caron into the CEO position of CPS. Let's see if my prediction is correct.

  • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is almost as good as winning a bagillion trillion zillion million dollars in the lottery! (Dancin) This info made my week. Heck it made my year!! Let's take Chicago Back!

  • Well since Mayoral control of the CPS is directly associated with Mayor Daley there is no reason to believe the next Mayor may actually want this burden. Once Mayor Daley is gone and the books are opened to the next Mayor, she or he will have their hands full. The worse thing that could happen would be for a new Mayor to be elected whose real focus is on fiscally saving Chicago and who has no real interest in the CPS and the current law giving the Mayor the appointment power over CPS remains in place.

    Hopefully Mayoral control of the schools will become a serious campaign issue and hopefully more thoughtful candidates will want to get rid of that power and focus on the City government which is simply a fiscal wreck. We all need to recall that in 1995 when Mayor Daley took control of CPS the City of Chicago was seen as a strong viable government , remember the saying the city that works. I am not sure the chief executive officer of a City as large as Chicago can also effectively run a school district which is as large as CPS.

    I hope who ever becomes Mayor assuming they also inherit the CPS will not make yet more radical changes with the CPS administration. Whatever changes come they need to done thoughtfully, relatively slowly, and keeping what stability of the system is left in mind.

    A really big question facing CPS now is will the school level administrators see Mr. Huberman as a lame duck, who will be replaced once a new Mayor is elected. If that is the case the entire implementation of the performance management plan comes into question. These questions can only be answered in the weeks and months to come. Times they are a changing.

    Rod Estvan

  • Be careful what you wish for

    The Mayor will be gone why? Look at the billions in debt this fair town will be left with.
    We have years of parking nightmares ahead. That is just to name a few. Remember the Mayor
    controls the schools thus us. I for one hope his decision was based on the personal reasons
    he said ,and not some cataclysmic economic bomb about to explode.

  • Huberman will start looking for work. A new mayor will replace the goofy rubber stamp Board. Caron will not be appointed. It will remain vacant.
    And all the people at cps with clout will be out.
    Oh Happy Day. This is going to be such fun.
    And Weis will be gone soon now also.

  • yay !!!!!....'bout time......guess he stole enough!!!!

  • Another issue is how the General Assembly will be affected. The mayor's influence at the state level has ebbed and flowed over the years. No doubt the new mayor will have less.

  • Wow!!! What a day. I hope Patrick Fitzgerald is as aggressive with the Mayor's office as he was with Blago. Huberman is out. Mark my words......he will return to CPD, he never quit, was only on a extended leave of absence to ruin CPS. Don't cry for me Argentina!!

  • a roundup of daley's education accomplishments -- surprisingly positive -- from rosalind rossi. many on this blog won't agree, but it's good to know


  • Why do all the commenters seem to think that when Daley leaves patronage will end? I think it will continue, just under a new mayor. I think the new crook would want to keep CPS since it provides more positions and power to throw around to your cronies. Just my two cynical cents.

  • ron for mayor is what some news outlets and observers are saying -- or at least that he's a possibility.

    meantime, here's a huffington post slideshow that includes the takeover of CPS as a major landmark in daley's history:


  • mike klonsky says he wasn't surprised by the announcement


  • I personally think Mike Klonsky and others in the small school workshop had the very best interests of poor students when they worked with CPS years ago. But I do think that when Mike's blog post included Paul Vallas, Duncan, and Huberman all effectively as just clogs for Daley and effectively puts the small schools workshop's contractual relationship with CPS under the Vallas time in a very bad light. I do not think that was Mike's intention, but that is how his post makes things appear.

    I recall very well Mike addressing this issue publicly during a presentation at the Southwest Youth Collaborative years ago. He indicated he did not like Mayoral control of schools but it was the only game in town if one was going to try to improve education for poor children. Paul Vallas for a short period endorsed a small school option and allowed progressive educators like Mike to work with schools to create change along with far more conservative educators using other models.

    Now Mike makes it appear from his post that Daley's control of schools was all part of a larger corporate agenda "hatched in the offices of the Civic Committee." I honestly do not think Mike believes that the work he and Bill did with CPS was part of that agenda. There was an evolution in the thinking of the Mayor and people he hired like Paul Vallas.

    Part of that evolution in thinking was based on the political need of the Mayor for test score results at any cost, even if those results were contrived. I honestly believe that Mike and Bill's work was about changing school culture and in turn producing long term change that involved the community. Designs for Change I think also shared much of that perspective via the LSC community control dynamic. Such work does not happen over night and may not produce big jumps in test scores fast. Also democratic change is messy and not real fast.

    But what a politican like Mayor Daley wants if change quick and easy and that is why CPS has gone the route it has gone.

    The biggest problem with direct Mayoral control over public schools is the contradiction between the need for quick political gains and the long term needs of public education. CPS needs some type of public democratic control, whether it be a publicly elected school board or another such option. We cannot hand over all power to anyone individual whether it be Mayor Daley or whoever. We need a system of check and balances. We do not have that now.

    Rod Estvan

  • Dear Friends of Alderman Bob Fioretti:

    Please join Alderman Bob Fioretti and the 2WDO for a VERY IMPORTANT meeting this Saturday at 9am at the 721 S. Western office.
    Obviously we have some big things to talk about and need your input and help. If you have any friends interested, please bring them along as new volunteers are always welcome.
    Any questions contact Marty at 2ndwardemorg@gmail.com

  • daley praises huberman as a mayoral candidate

    He also praised Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman, going so far as to say he would

  • love this description of huberman looking startled and smiling when being asked in front of the mayor if he wants to be mayor -- is there video?


  • gates met with daley on friday -- wtf?


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