All Huberman's CTA and Police Department cronies are still in $100,000-per-year plus jobs following what corporate media reported as central office cuts

Virtually all of the more than 100 people that Ron Huberman hired into non-teaching and executive positions at the Chicago Public Schools central offices between January 2009, when he was appointed CEO by Mayor Daley, and July 1, 2010, when dozens of tenured teachers were fired by Huberman, are still in place, despite the fact that Huberman has gotten away with telling Chicago's corporate media that he was "cutting central office." What Huberman actually did was eliminate citywide teachers and others (like social workers) while claiming that he was "cutting" administration. Because Chicago's corporate media reporters simply report what he says, without every digging deeper (or even asking additional questions), Huberman's version of reality, despite contradiction by the facts, is still the dominant narrative in the current debate over public school funding and expenses in Chicago.

Michael Shields (above) was appointed by Ron Huberman to head CPS security in February 2009. Huberman gave Shields a $35,000 per year pay raise over that of his predecessor, Andres Durbak, who was forced into retirement. The above photo of Shields was taken during the February 23, 2010, meeting of the Chicago Board of Education as Sheilds began implementing what many have characterized as the police state tactics for Board meetings. Shields was blocking a Substance reporter from entering the 15th floor holding room at the beginning of the Board meeting, which takes place on the fifth floor. Shields actually called Chicago police and tried to have the reporter arrested during the Board meeting. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Monique Bond, who is currently serving as Huberman's propaganda chief, was appointed since January 1, 2009, and is still in power. She makes at least $140,000 per year.

Michael Shields, who is currently head of CPS security, is still in power, at a budgeted salary of $150,000 per year ($35,000 per year more than his predecessor).


October 22, 2010 at 3:20 AM

By: Jeremy Kemp

It's more than just a police state.

The culture coordinators of some of the worst Chicago charter schools run virtual prisons, undermining classroom communities with charter school doctrine. It's pathetic, it's wrong, and children are the victims.

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