Assassins facing challenges when they apply for principalships

A number of the top administrators of the previous decades — including those who participated in the assassination of real public schools through "turnaround" show trials or in the massive privatization of Chicago's public schools through charterization — are now trying to become principals and discovering that the clout they once had may not be enough to bring them in the door when real parents, real teachers, and areal community committed to its public schools have the power to decide who becomes a principal.

Above, area officer "Denise" Little, CPS attorney Kenneth Wong, and "accountability" representative Ryan Crosby wait to testify during the show trial in February 2010 that destroyed the faculty and staff of Bradwell Elementary School as part of the "turnarounds" of the second year of the Huberman administration. During the show trials, administrators testified reading from carefully prepared scripts about the alleged "failure" of the schools on the Hit List. Despite the sometimes ludicrous statements that were put into the officials record and the failure of CPS to establish clear criteria for public accountability for the underfunding and other problems faced by schools like Bradwell, the administrators who provided the testimony were never subjected to cross examination — or even asked to establish their qualifications for what they were doing. In Chicago, only teachers and the schools serving the nation's poorest children in the nation's largest ghettos were to be held "accountable." Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Most recently, Denise Little, who as an AIO helped destroy the lives and careers of hundreds of teachers, other school workers, and even principals, has faced challenges as she has tried to become a principal.


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