There were a few mentions for Chicago schools and those who help lead them among the roundups of 2011 best and worst lists that came out last week -- though not everyone agreed on which was which:
Sun-Times’ top 11 stories of 2011 Sun Times: The rookie mayor faced fierce criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union, as he vowed to extend the school day, and heard loud, angry voices when he proposed consolidating 12 mental health clinics into six. But by year’s end, the rookie mayor’s $6.3 billion 2012 budget passed on a vote of 50-0 in the City Council, and he cut spending ever deeper than promised.
Winners and Losers of 2011 NBC: By fighting Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attempt to impose a longer school day without giving teachers a significant raise, Lewis became the only public figure in Chicago willing to stand up to the new mayor.
A Dreamer’s New Year’s Wishes CNC (Warren): Let’s hope, too, he can put as many people to work as has Noemi Donoso, his chief education officer at Chicago Public Schools. Oops, sorry, she’s not putting them to work; she’s going through clerical workers and chiefs of staff like tissue paper.
Happy 2012 (I think)!
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