SUBSCRIPT: How long will Chicago and Illinois political leaders continue to be insulted by CPS FNGs?

Leap Year Day was barely over when Subscripts heard the latest from Springfield — CPS had sent the most fatuous of its FNG bureaucrats, Adam Anderson of the newly created "Portfolio Office", to testify before the Illinois Senate on Senator Iris Martinez's moratorium legislation in the Illinois Senate on February 29, 2012.

Chicago Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard must be aiming to insult every political leader in Illinois before the winter ends. A week before Anderson went to the state capitol, Brizard was truant from the City Council as some questions were being asked about the school closings and turnaround (the day before Rahm Emanuel's Board of Education voted to affirm Brizard's 17 Hit List proposals).

Like the aldermen who had to hear Noemi Donoso's verbiage (uncluttered by any knowledge of Chicago's schools and communities) at last Tuesday's City Council Education Committee meeting (Donoso was the Colorado Charter Queen a year ago, before Rahm plucked her to become "Chief Education Officer" for CPS based on her extensive knowledge of all things Chicago...), the senators in Springfield got a dose of the Mayor's Mercenaries on Leap Year Day.

Anderson has even less Chicago experience than Donoso. A month ago, when I asked Anderson how long he'd been with CPS (after he finished reading the script they gave him about why Guggenheim should be murdered (er., "closed"), he at first refused to answer. Then he admitted he was an FNG with less than 60 days on the job.

So, naturally, he's the expert Brizard and Emanuel sent to Springfield on February 29 to answer questions from veteran state legislators on why CPS doesn't want the moratorium.

Even the Republicans who are trying to help Rahm out of this latest jam should be insulted. Ask a few questions and you learn, as City Council did, that the top dogs barking loudly at 125 S. Clark St. know nothing about the kennel they're now running.

Anderson's typical. Today, CPS does not have anyone in top administration who knows anything about Chicago. Virtually all of the Mayor's Mercenaries -- Brizard, Donoso, Cheatham, Gering, Sicat, Winckler, etc., etc., etc., etc. -- have one signal virtue in Rahm's eyes. They have absolutely no Chicago teaching or administrative experience and therefore are completely dependent on the mayor's patronage for their lucrative futures. With less than two years experience after coming to CPS from Sears Holdings, Winckler is now a "veteran" administrator in America's third largest school system.


March 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

New CPS Bureaucrats

This Subscript (long my favorite part of Substance) really makes the point of what's going on with CPS hiring bureaucrats and giving them 6-figure salaries as long as they know nothing about teaching or administering in Chicago and are totally beholden to the mayor for their appointments. It shouldn't be that easy to find that many corrupt people to hire.

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