The stories of malfeasance in wackademia are endless. Whether it’s teachers cheating for students or sleeping with students, or teachers crying racism on tests, we are constantly treated with drama.
Liberals say to end the drama, they just need more money. How did schools survive in the 1950’s, you know–when kids actually learned, graduated, and became productive members of society–when they taught in a one-room, non-air-conditioned school house with multiple age “chirrens”?
Today, we have unions running the schools, backed by the 800 pound Federal government who dares anybody to complain.
And what would we have to complain about anyway, right?
Well as MRC TV reports, there is crony capitalism in Chicago Public Schools:
Amid a federal investigation, Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned as Chicago Public School (CPS) CEO Monday. The investigation looked into a no-bid contract worth $20.5 million given to her former employer, SUPES Academy.
According to the Chicago Tribune, federal investigators have been looking into SUPES and Byrd-Bennett’s connection since 2013, and a grand jury has been reviewing evidence for over a year.
SUPES Academy has been paid nearly 75 percent of the $20.5 million contract, say district records.
This comes at a time when CPS has a $1 billion budget deficit. Additionally, the contract between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is set to expire this year. CPS missed a week of school in 2012 as the CTU striked to increase benefits and demands.
Before being hired by CPS in April 2012, Byrd-Bennett worked in similar roles in Cleveland, Detroit and New York. Byrd-Bennett became CPS CEO a month after the CTU strike in 2012. She faces controversy as she “oversaw the closing of nearly 50 schools the city said were under-enrolled.”
Did you catch that. The controversy for them is that she began closing under-enrolled (a euphemism for under-performing) schools. This was the BEST thing she could have done!
Closing under-performing things is what businesses do. Ask any retailer!
I suspect this is a witch hunt. Any time somebody comes in and begins truly looking at school for the business that it is, it means eventually they will get to the cooked books.
The article goes on:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appointed Byrd-Bennett, said in a statement, “I am saddened by the circumstances that have led to Barbara’s resignation and I wish her well. As a city, our focus must remain on finishing the school year strong and tackling the billion dollar budget deficit that threatens the progress our students, teachers, principals and parents have made over the last several years.”
She had been on paid leave since April, says ABC7 Chicago. Her contract was worth $250,000 before the resignation.