Here's a little bit about one of the new faces coming to CPS, John Barker of Memphis. (The others mostly come from Detroit and from inside CPS). Barker held a bunch of jobs in Memphis. Rogers Park blogger Tim Furman says he's a typical "data guy."
Barker takes post in Chicago Public Schools Memphis Commercial Appeal: He will report to chief education officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett and serve in her cabinet. He will start in early January. "Dr. Barker has been a great 'spirit-bearer' for the Memphis City Schools," Supt. Kriner Cash said in a prepared statement.
The New Data Guy STC: In his presentation, [John] Barker tells the story of how Tennessee thought they were the shit until someone pointed out that according to the NAEP, they weren't the shit.