Chicago Public School's CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned late Sunday amid a federal probe of a $20 million no-bid contract between the district and the training academy SUPES where she once worked as a consultant. For his part, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is distancing himself from the resignation. But Chicago’s Mayor is more than a tangential player; he hand-selects the CEO and the Board of Education members. Sarah Karp joins us to detail the unique role of the Mayor in shaping policy for the district. Also, a look at the play Xtigone.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is sworn into his second term Monday and there’s no doubt he faces some big challenges: fiscal disarray, unhappy teachers, under-served neighborhoods demanding more attention and crime. How much can Chicagoans expect to the mayor to get done in the next fours years? What needs the most attention? And will he persuade Springfield and the governor to give Chicago a city owned casino. We get analysis on the Morning Shift. Also, music from Run Boy Run.
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs for reelection, he’s pointing to a slight decline in homicides during his term. He says he’s promising to give parents in high-crime neighborhoods a greater sense of security. But a WBEZ investigation raises questions about how much the mayor’s willing to do to put killers behind bars. Also, we talk about the inspiration for a new dance piece called “Power Goes” by Chicago’s The Seldoms.
Chicago Public Schools is contracting with for-profit companies to give teens a faster way to earn a high school diploma. Some worry the new, part-time, online alternative schools lower the bar and make a second chance more appealing than the first.