Replacing Barbara Eason-Watkins
Barbara has been the Chief Education Officer of CPS since 2001. Apparently she has taken a job as the superintendent for Michigan City Area Schools (Indiana.) Yeah, way to go Barbara! She was sort of the CEO of education while Arne/Ron have been the more on the business end of things, I guess. Arne had more of an education background than Ron did though. I have no idea whether she did well in her job or not. It’s hard to determine when you’re facing a system like CPS. I suppose any small improvements are really major accomplishments. HAS CPS seen small improvements since 2001? I’m not even sure how to assess that.
In any case, the search is on for her replacement.
A reader sent this link in that talk about Mayor Daley’s top contender being a white woman from with a private school background. Which begs several questions (not necessarily my own questions, but questions nonetheless.)
-When CPS is only 9% white or so, should a white woman get one of the top spots?
-Isn’t there SOMEONE in CPS right now who is visionary enough but also knows the system well enough to make a difference?
-Shouldn’t some people from outside the city be considered? i.e. Total outsiders who can shake things up a bit more and aren’t tied to any local political drama.
-Can someone with private school experience relate that to a system like CPS where there is a ton of low income families, huge bureaucracy, funding problems galore, etc, etc. It seems a bit like fantasy to imagine that one could take their kick-ass private school skills and make them work in CPS. I wish it seemed likely, but just am not sure.
-Can someone totally amazing / visionary really make an impact on our struggling District 299? That is one tough job.
On another note, having gained experience in CPS, I hope B.E.W. blows them away in Michigan City. Go Barbara!
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