Broy, Chico and King featured... City Club hosts charter school propaganda Wednesday, November 18...

The City Club of Chicago will be hearing from three of the most prominent of the promoters of charter schools in Chicago on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Maggiano's Restaurant in Chicago. All three speakers, Gery Chico, Andrew Broy, and Tim King, are among the most tenacious promoters of the charter school frauds in Illinois over the past two decades. Gery Chico, as President of the Chicago Board of Education, began approving charter schools and massive privatization prior to the end of his regime in 2001. Broy has been head of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) and has spoken at dozens of Board meetings. Tim King heads the "Urban Prep" charter schools in Chicago. King has been head of his little group of all-male charter schools since they began a decade ago, and has regularly gotten uncritical media attention based on his claims that he and he alone can get black boys into college. All three have promoted the various mendacities about Chicago charter schools, including the claim of a "waiting list" that has always remained secret and an irrelevant fact about how many graduates of a school get into college (as if Whitney Young and dozens of other Chicago high schools were incapable of educating young black men).

The biographies of the speakers have been provided by the City Club...


School Performance, in Chicago: lessons from 20 years of increased options

Andrew Broy, Gery Chico, and Tim King

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

11:30 a.m. reception

12:00 p.m. luncheon

Maggiano's Banquets

111 W. Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL

School Performance in Chicago: lessons from 20 years of increased options Andrew Broy, Gery Chico, and Tim King

Speaker Bios

Andrew Broy is the President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), a statewide advocacy and charter school support organization serving 156 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively educate more than 60,000 public school students. The son of a career CPS teacher, Andrew began his career as a high school English teacher and has been involved in education policy and law for more than 15 years. Since joining INCS in 2010, Andrew has grown the organization substantially and INCS now counts as members 154 of the charter schools in Illinois. Working directly with legislative leadership, INCS supported the enactment of the Illinois Charter School Quality Act of 2011, which established an independent charter school authorizer and created new quality standards for charter schools. INCS was also instrumental in crafting the district-charter compact with CPS, which led to the promotion of high-quality charter growth in Chicago. Prior to joining INCS, Andrew was a civil rights litigator in Atlanta, where he specialized in school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and public school law. Andrew has authored several amici briefs in United States Supreme Court cases, including cases challenging congressional authority to enact remedial civil rights statutes and a case involving the constitutionality of federal campaign finance reform. Andrew is an avid angler who lives in Chicago with his wife Keecia and three daughters, Simone, Noelle, and Malia.

Gery Chico combines an accomplished background in city government and education, law and business. He has practiced law and represented leading companies in Chicago and the nation over the past 28 years. Since April 2004, Mr. Chico has been a Senior Partner at the Chicago law firm of Chico & Nunes, P.C. Mr. Chico served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley from 1992 through 1995. In 1995, Mayor Daley appointed Mr. Chico President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third largest school system. Mayor Daley reappointed Mr. Chico for a second term in 1999. During his tenure as President, the Chicago Public Schools initiated a broad series of nationally recognized education and fiscal reforms which led to six straight years of student performance increases, six years of balanced budgets, six years of labor peace and the unprecedented rebuilding of Chicago's public school buildings. All of this activity led to the turnaround of one of the most troubled public school systems in the nation. In June, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn named Mr. Chico as Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). ISBE administers more than $10 Billion in funding each year for Illinois public schools. In 2010, Mr. Chico served as the Chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Chico served as President of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District from 2007 - 2010. Mr. Chico twice served as a Commissioner of the Public Building Commission of Chicago. Mr. Chico currently serves as Trustee for DePaul University, Trustee for the National Museum of Mexican Art, and is a member of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.

Tim King is founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a nonprofit organization operating a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago (including the nation’s first all-male charter high school) and related programs aimed at promoting college success. 100% of Urban Prep graduates—all African-American males and mostly from low-income families—have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities. Tim also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University and has published in the Journal of Negro Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Huffington Post and New York Times. King was honored at the BET Awards as a recipient of the “Shine A Light” award for his work with Urban Prep Academies and has also been: named ABC World News “Person of the Week”, Chicago Magazine’s “Chicagoan of the Year”, People Magazine’s “Hero of the Year” and to Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100” list; featured on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Moth/USA Networks’ Characters Unite series, and Discovery Channel’s documentary “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”; and recognized by Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for his work with youth. Tim has completed post graduate work in Kenya and Italy; holds the Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Adler School; and has received the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and Juris Doctor Degrees from Georgetown University. Tim serves on several boards including the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners to which he was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Tim became the guardian of a former student orphaned when his mother died. That student was once homeless and now has graduated from college. Having a positive impact on this young man’s life is the achievement of which Tim is the proudest.


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