Daley names Mazany as interim CPS chief

November 16, 2010

By Associated Press & City Room & Hunter Clauss

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Terry Mazany (Flickr/Jason Reblando)

Updated 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has picked an interim schools chief to serve until the next mayor takes over. Daley on Tuesday named Terry Mazany to the post. Mazany will be on loan to the city from his job as head of the Chicago Community Trust, a grant-making foundation. Mazany has education experience. He replaces outgoing Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman, who resigned and is leaving the job at the end of the month.

The city will pay Mazany a salary of $1. The trust will continue to pay his salary while he's on assignment at the schools. A new mayor takes over in May for Daley, who didn't run for re-election.

Mazany's arrival comes as the district prepares to plug a $720 million deficit, and public education groups are already cozying up to the man who could hit them with budget cuts.

Andrew Broy is the president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. He wants Mazany  to restore about $10 million to charter schools.

"We think that level funding is not only appropriate, but it's the only fair thing to do given the current budget situation," Broy said.

Jackson Potter, who is the chief of staff of the Chicago Teachers Union, understands Mazany has a mandate from Mayor Daley to support charter schools, but he says that's not a deal breaker.

"He's done a lot of good things for the public schools," Potter said. "We don't think that he's a zealot on this question, and we'll sit down and have a rational conversation about how to proceed."

But education groups will have to do another round of cozying up. Mazany only expects to lead CPS on a temporary basis.