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.
April 16, 2015
As expected, the Illinois State Board of Education has voted to oust Supt. Christopher Koch. His replacement is Tony Smith, who previously ran Oakland, Calif. schools.
April 15, 2015
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.
April 14, 2015
“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.”
Nationwide, more than one-third of undergraduate students are over 24, and a majority of them attend college part-time.
Using the restorative justice philosophy as the vehicle to shift the paradigm for discipline at schools is possible.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has selected co-chairs of the Early Learning Council and has appointed new members to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.
The Chicago Teachers Union presented an ambitious set of proposals for its next contract, including smaller class sizes and ensuring all schools have counselors, nurses, art teachers and truancy officers. Many of the proposals are not negotiable in a labor contract and represent more of ideological asks.