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General CTU Announcement
For Immediate Release
April 27, 2012
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Union President: Donoso Departure
Signals More Chaos on Clark Street
CHICAGO - Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the intended departure of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) chief education officer is yet another example of the “chaos of Clark Street.” According to reports, Noemi Donoso will allegedly resign her position in May.This is the third turnover of a high-ranking CPS administrator in recent weeks.
“Donoso’s departure is an unwelcome signal of instability on the education side and yet another example of the chaos on Clark Street,” Lewis said. “It appears that anyone who knows anything about teaching and learning has a short shelf life at CPS.This type of internal chaos manifests itself at neighborhood schools when we know nearly 200 principals and administrators are set to leave their positions at the end of the year. It is equally troubling that Donoso is leaving the district at a time when seven or eight new initiatives have been imposed and implemented on teachers, paraprofessionals, clinicians and their students.
“The rampant turnover and turnarounds at CPS are indicative of the type of convulsive environment created by the people in charge of our public schools,” she said. “When you have leaders who believe 25 percent of our students don’t matter, it’s easy to scapegoat educators and parents and lay blame at everyone else’s doorstep—and in this case everyone is at fault but the District itself.”