The news last night was not entirely unexpected.
Still it shot across social media and within minutes the story was being posted and reposted.
Rahm had taken revenge against the City’s most outspoken CPS principal, Troy LaRaviere of Blaine Elementary School.
In a message to parents, LSC and community members, Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that the vocal principal and frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Troy LaRaviere, has been reassigned from his post at Blaine Elementary School.
Effective Thursday, Pedro Alonso, the principal of Von Steuben High School from 2006 to 2014, will take his place, according to a CPS email obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Blaine will hold a meeting next Monday evening “to discuss the school leadership change and transition plans,” according to the email, which did not disclose disclose specifics of LaRaviere’s role.
LaRaviere did not respond to a message seeking comment late Wednesday.
In August 2015, LaRaviere was formally censured by Chicago’s Board of Education in a warning resolution that’s an early step in the district’s termination process. A CPS spokesman then denied that the discipline came in retaliation for LaRaviere’s work as an education adviser to Emanuel’s mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
At the time, LaRaviere also was accused of “insubordination directed toward the CEO” during a July 13, 2015, budget meeting in which he “asked a provocative question from the audience attempting to highlight financial missteps of the Board and demanding an answer to those missteps.”
LaRaviere has been at Blaine, 1420 W. Grace, since 2011.
In “Better Possibilities,” a TV ad for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign released in March, LaRaviere says: “In Chicago, we have endured a corrupt political system. And the chief politician standing in the way of us getting good schools is our mayorIn an emailed statement late Wednesday, CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said: “CPS has removed Troy LaRaviere because of alleged acts of misconduct, including violations of a previous Warning Resolution passed by the Board of Education. A hearing will be held to determine his employment status.”
A source close to Blaine said a pre-suspension hearing will be held to determine whether LaRaviere could be suspended without pay.
Talk has circulated in the media and among progressive activists for the past nine months about Troy running against Rahm for Mayor.
Apparently, Rahm has taken his revenge for the sharp criticism by LaRavieire of his education and social policies, for LaRaviere’s outspoken support for Bernie Sanders against Rahm’s choice, and for what is perceived by the Mayor as a political threat.
There was no comment on Troy’s Facebook page as of this morning.
UPDATED: FROM TROY’S FACEBOOK PAGE THIS MORNING:
Wednesday April 20, 2016: What a day.
Believe it or not, my “reassignment” was only the 2nd most ridiculous thing that CPS did on Wednesday. Wait ’til you hear about the first. I’ll be writing later today.
Thanks to everyone who has reached out. It’s literally been overwhelming. Please forgive me if I’m not able to respond to all of you. I’ll do my best. Special thanks to Colin McGeehan for that Impressions post. It was a timely message to wake up to.