Education Question 2

Do you believe the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools should be an educator? Why or why not? What are the main qualities you would look for?

Gery Chico:  CPS is a $6 billion entity funded by taxpayer dollars.  It is necessary to have a Chief Executive Officer in order to ensure money is not wasted.  As Mayor of Chicago, I will support a structure for CPS using the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Education Officer model.  Together they will drive the system.

Miguel del Valle: The Chicago Public Schools system faces numerous challenges that will require strong leadership to implement the necessary changes to improve our schools. As mayor, I will appoint an educator as superintendent with strong executive and managerial skills to head the Chicago Public Schools.
The new superintendent must be held accountable for establishing and meeting high educational standards and for transforming low performing neighborhood schools into high performing schools. The ideal candidate must have a solid track record of producing results in collaboration with school administrators, teachers, parents, and community members.
The new superintendent must be a practitioner of educational best practices and capable of fostering innovative problem-solving throughout the educational system. The ability to handle fiscal matters is a high priority in these difficult economic times when resources are scarce.
Finding someone who can successfully handle the job of Chicago Public Schools superintendent is a tall order but one that must be achieved. Working together with parents, students, teachers, principals and our entire community, we will make the Chicago Public Schools system the best in the country.

Rahm Emanuel: I would like to see a leadership team of CPS that includes people who have taught and led in a public school system, and a CEO who both understands how to run a large organization and what actually happens in the classroom.

Carol Moseley Braun: I support having somebody with a proven track record in education to lead the school system.

Patrica Van Pelt-Watkins: Yes, I believe that the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools should have extensive experience as a teacher or a school administrator, in addition to skills related to running a large system.  In order to properly face the challenges of our schools, the CEO would need to have tremendous leadership and interpersonal skills and strong values. They must be a strong collaborator and problem-solver.  Their vitae must represent a history of integrity, excellence in collaboration and measurable successes. 

William "Doc" Walls, III: I maintain that the next head of CPS should have an Illinois Type 75 administrative certificate and, therefore, be eligible for appointment as a education-first Superintendent.