There have been a lot of different things said about the most important qualifications for the new CPS CEO/Superintendent of CPS. And as we know the final decision will be made by our new Mayor-elect, Rahm Emanuel. One key question is: Does he believe that the new CPS CEO should be more capable in business or education? It seems that throughout Daley's tenure, business won out. In the last few months of his 20+ years as mayor of Chicago, Mayor Daley has finally chosen someone who is thoughtful about education and who seems to understand that more testing and less money is not a formula for CPS success. But unfortunately Mr. Mazany will not be staying (too bad).
So here is one CPS mom's recommendation for the new mayor. Treat the selection of the next CPS CEO as you would your next Police Superintendent.
Per a recent Chicago Tribune article:
Emanuel is looking for three things: a real cop with street experience, preferably in Chicago; a leader who will streamline the department's bureaucracy; and someone "who looks like Chicago," meaning diversity will figure prominently in the decision, according to a source on the mayor-elect's transition team.
What if we had a new CEO of CPS who is 'a real educator with classroom experience, preferably in Chicago, a leader who will streamline the department's bureaucracy; and someone "who looks like Chicago," meaning diversity will figure prominently in the decision'?
And what if we treated under-performing schools like we treat high-crime areas, throw more resources into it until they get better. When crime increases, do we say cops make too much, lay some of them off, take away their benefits and throw more criminals their way?
Why is it that we think that we can reform education while at the same time lay-off teachers, take away benefits and blame them for the decline of CPS? Can we really fix schools this way?
So please Mayor-elect Emanuel give some thought as to why cops want a leader who has a similar background; why they respect someone who has come up the ranks; and why it's even important that their leader come from the same city.
And then think about why the same qualities are just as important to teachers, principals, parents, students and every CPS employee.