Rahm's homework: Find a schools chief

In a WBEZ questionnaire, Emanuel said he would do a national search for a schools chief.

February 23, 2011

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Terry Mazany is on loan from his position as president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust (Bill Healy/WBEZ)

Read Rahm Emanuel's answers to our education policy questionnaire

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is searching for a new CEO for Chicago Public Schools. Emanuel says he will consider current interim schools chief Terry Mazany for the job.

"I’m gonna be looking for a CEO of our schools. Terry obviously will be on that list. But I’ll be looking at others for a fresh start and a new beginning," Emanuel told reporters Wednesday.

Mazany has only been at the district's helm for three months but says he would consider staying on.

Emanuel campaigned on a number of education proposals that are already being tried. For one, he wants to further expand charter schools. He’s also touted the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a nonprofit teacher training outfit that runs 19 Chicago public schools. Emanuel wants to spur innovation by making schools compete for funding.

The mayor-elect will also have the power to appoint all seven members of Chicago’s Board of Education. Two current members have served since Daley took over the schools in 1995.