WBEZ | clout list http://www.wbez.org/tags/clout-list Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Secret [redacted] clout list for Chicago Public Schools http://www.wbez.org/news/secret-redacted-clout-list-chicago-public-schools-106846 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP081113041115.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This is the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ilcampaign.org/mayor-daley-defends-secret-school-admissions">secret log</a>&rdquo; that Arne Duncan&rsquo;s administration kept to manage requests by public officials and other connected Chicagoans seeking to get their children into the city&rsquo;s elite grammar and high schools, many of which admit students only by test score or lottery. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/how-much-demand-there-chicago-charter-schools-no-one-knows-106418">Recent figures show </a>that at some of the schools there are 20, 30, or even 50 times more applications than available seats.</p><p>In 2010 the Chicago Tribune first <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-03-23/news/ct-met-cps-admissions-0323--20100322_1_schools-chief-arne-duncan-principals-david-pickens">reported </a>that Arne Duncan&rsquo;s office had kept a list of &nbsp;VIPs seeking favors to get kids into coveted schools, and that it included &ldquo;25 aldermen, Mayor Richard Daley&#39;s office, House Speaker Michael Madigan, his daughter Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.&rdquo;</p><p>This week, Crain&rsquo;s is reporting that likely GOP gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130424/BLOGS02/130429892/bruce-rauner-clouted-kid-into-payton-high-school-sources-say">Bruce Rauner got his daughter clouted in</a> to elite Walter Payton High School, where one in three students come from private grammar schools. One of the entries on this log may be his.</p><p>News about the log, plus investigations by the Chicago Public Schools Inspector General and, reportedly, federal investigators, prompted the district under CEO Ron Huberman to implement a centralized admissions system, a tightened principal discretion system and audits that are supposed to flag suspicious admissions.</p><p>A top Duncan aide who maintained the list told the Chicago Sun-Times this was <a href="http://www.ilcampaign.org/node/1007">not a backdoor way </a>into the city&rsquo;s most coveted schools. He said many of those requesting assistance didn&rsquo;t get it.</p><p>This is the first time the actual log has been made public. WBEZ obtained the redacted log through an open records request, with assistance from the Illinois Attorney General&rsquo;s Public Access Counselor. It took nearly a year to obtain.</p><p>Names of parents requesting admission for their children are redacted. The only names not redacted are those of elected officials, high-level school or city officials, or other individuals who forwarded requests to Arne Duncan. Requests coming directly from Duncan appear as &ldquo;AD&rdquo; on the log. Petitions from Duncan&rsquo;s wife appear as &ldquo;KD&rdquo; on the log. &nbsp;</p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/137985829/CPS-secret-clout-list" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View CPS secret clout list on Scribd">CPS secret clout list</a> by <a href="http://www.scribd.com/WBEZ915" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Chicago Public Media's profile on Scribd">Chicago Public Media</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="1.64745011086475" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="420" id="doc_62470" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/137985829/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-1pruxoc60z9k1ce97ymt" width="620"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/secret-redacted-clout-list-chicago-public-schools-106846