Bad schools have parents to blame . . .

. . . sometimes.

Consider George Washington High in southeast Chicago, “a soccer kick away from Indiana,” where a notably and verifiably successful principal faces the heave-ho from the Local School Council, the sort of Chicago Public School reform that’s supposed to promote good schools.

A month ago, a Lauren Fitzpatrick story in the Sun-Times told of the principal’s being opposed by a newly elected council president, Tina Perez, and her newly elected slate of allies, with a vote looming putting the principal’s tenure in the balance.

Today’s follow-up story revisits the scene with more chapter-and-verse information on how this principal succeeded.

Here he is:



Here’s Tina Perez, the council president who wants him out:

No photo available. Neither any comment, for either story. Too bad.

So there we are. Chicago school reform says let there be local school councils. Local school council is poised to block verifiable reform — see the two Sun-Times stories, especially today’s hard-copy story.

Sounds like politics, does it not?

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  • Nicholas Stix  On January 8, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Happy New Year, Jim!

    During the 1960s, black supremacists called it “community control” in New York City. It was actually, “gangster control.”


    • Jim Bowman  On January 8, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      Happy New Year to you, Nicholas. As for control, in this case it’s probably teachers who know how and where to push buttons. Touchy people who resent leadership, would rather they run things — on the sly. I’m guessing but I swear I’m right.

      Jim Bowman


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