Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Education Fund--the non-profit organization that paid to pilot the initiative at the center of an ongoing federal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a controversial $20 million contract--all sought to distance themselves from the situation on Monday.
April 23, 2015
Right before Wednesday’s board meeting, CPS officials announced that they were suspending the contract with SUPES Academy, the company implicated in the federal investigation that led to CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett taking a leave of absence last week.
April 20, 2015
NPE is holding their national conference to Chicago because of the great examples of how Chicago parents and teachers are fighting back by advocating for alternative democratic approaches to reform.
April 17, 2015
Two days after the revelation that she faces a federal investigation into her relationship with a company that received a $20 million no-bid contract, embattled CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has taken a leave of absence. Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz has been named interim CEO.
Nationwide, more than one-third of undergraduate students are over 24, and a majority of them attend college part-time.
Federal authorities are investigating a “matter” at CPS that sources tell Catalyst Chicago involves CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the $20 million no-bid contract given to SUPES Academy.
“Bankruptcy code exists to help the organization get out of financial trouble,” the governor told an approving crowd at an event organized by The Chicago Public Education Fund. “There’s a reason for the bankruptcy code.”
Using the restorative justice philosophy as the vehicle to shift the paradigm for discipline at schools is possible.