BREAKING NEWS: Rahm Appoints Supporter of Charters and TFA to School Board

Diane Ravitch's blog

This just in from the Chicago Teachers Union. With a teachers’ strike looming, Mayor Emanuel decided to stick his thumb on the CTU’s eye.

STATEMENT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ronnie Reese

January 6, 2016 312-329-6235


Illinois Charter School Commissioner Appointed to Fill Seat on Chicago Board of Education

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union finds it unfortunate that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chosen to replace one of the most independent voices on his appointed Chicago Board of Education with Jaime Guzman, an Illinois Charter School Commissioner, and someone who led the Office of New Schools for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at a time when hundreds of students had their education disrupted by school closures and turnarounds orchestrated by his department. Additionally, Guzman is an alumnus of Teach for America, an organization that has contributed to the massive loss of Black teachers and experienced educators both in Chicago and nationwide.

With the mayor’s selection…

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