PR Newswire
June 7, 2001, Thursday
LSC VOICES Respond to Vallas Resignation

SECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL NEWS

LENGTH: 397 words

DATELINE: CHICAGO, June 7

The resignation of Paul Vallas tops off a dramatic change in leadership in Chicago Public Schools this spring. How will these changes affect local schools and the leadership of Local School Council who helped launch school reform in 1988? Here’s what several LSC members are saying. (As gathered by the Chicago’s Successful Schools Project.)

Evelyn Asch, LSC chair and parent at Boone Elementary School 773-508-5255h
“Vallas has not always supported local control (LSCs) in a real way — he gives lip service to local control, but under his leadership, Central Office was taking more power away from the LSC. [He opposed LSCs having control over additional funds, a vital tool in school reform.] The Mayor should look for someone who is knowledgeable about public education and a good manager, who will take advice from a variety of sources, including Local School councils, parents, teachers as well as university education faculties and management experts.” Lillian Hampton, LSC community rep at Herzl Elementary School 312-633-7792w, 312-556-7773pager
“As I look at the next year, I think it’s going to be rough for everyone no matter who Daley appoints. Vallas did a lot, especially in making money available for improvements. It’s going to take time for anyone to come in and get established. A lot of things might be put on hold. I think it will require LSCs to really be strong to respond to these changes and keep schools improving.” Steve Buschbacher, LSC Community rep at Palmer School 312-332-5670w
“I think the Vallas resignation comes from a lot of frustration on the part of both Daley and Vallas, basically because they are not professional educators. We need someone running CPS who has been a teacher and approaches the system and the need for change from that perspective.” LSC VOICES is a network of Local School Council members working together to strengthen the voices of LSCs in the public discourse on school reform in Chicago. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT – Click Here
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PERSON: CHRISTIAN PAUL (74%);

COUNTRY: UNITED STATES (95%);

STATE: ILLINOIS, USA (95%);

CITY: CHICAGO, IL, USA (95%);

COMPANY: Chicago’s Successful Schools

INDUSTRY: Education

GEOGRAPHIC: UNITED STATES (95%); ILLINOIS, USA (95%); CHICAGO, IL, USA (95%); Illinois

SUBJECT: bc-IL-Chicago-Schools; PRIMARY SCHOOLS (90%); EDUCATION SYSTEMS & INSTITUTIONS (90%); PRESS RELEASES (90%); TEACHING & TEACHERS (89%); PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS (89%);

LOAD-DATE: June 8, 2001

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

DISTRIBUTION: TO CITY AND EDUCATION EDITORS
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