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Chicago Way Education
AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 24, 2010 | Bethany Stotts

Posted on 03/24/2010 11:55:59 AM PDT by bs9021

Chicago Way Education

Bethany Stotts, March 24, 2010

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may have left Chicago, but the politics of his former position as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools continues to follow him to D.C. “While many Chicago parents took formal routes to land their children in the best schools, the well-connected also sought help through a shadowy appeals system created in recent years under former schools chief Arne Duncan,” reported the Chicago Tribune on March 23.

“Whispers have long swirled that some children get spots in the city’s premier schools based on whom their parents know. But a list maintained over several years in Duncan’s office and obtained by the Tribune lends further evidence to those charges.”

The Tribune found what appears to be Duncan’s own initials beside the names of students appealing for special consideration from school principals. “The initials ‘AD’ are listed 10 times as the sole person requesting help for a student, and as a co-requester about 40 times,” it reports.

“[Former top Duncan aide, David] Pickens said ‘AD’ stood for Arne Duncan, though Duncan’s involvement is unclear. Duncan’s mother appears as a sponsor, as does ‘KD,’ whom Pickens identified as Karen Duncan, Arne’s wife.”

Pickens is currently the “chief of staff to the president of the Chicago Board of Education,” it reports...

(Excerpt) Read more at academia.org ...


TOPICS: Education; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: arneduncan; chicago; education

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