CSU board announcing yesterday it will not appoint Paul Vallas as school president, rejecting Governor Rauner’s pressure to do so.
I wrote yesterday about Paul Vallas and the move by Governor Rauner to appoint him as president of the financially challenged Chicago State University.
CSU serves mostly African American and working class students.
Its financial challenges mainly come from the failure of the Governor to get a budget passed.
Chicago State University trustees on Monday put off a decision on whether to appoint ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas to a top administrative job, a controversial move pushed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.The board instead voted to name new interim leadership on April 7, including a new interim president and a temporary chief administrative officer. Vallas is in the running for either job if he steps down as a trustee, a position he has held since Rauner appointed him in January.
Vallas left the meeting without commenting on his plans.
There were some Vallas defenders.
“On a short term, emergency basis, somebody with the kind of financial skills may be of use to us,” said Deborah Lynch, an assistant professor at CSU who ran the Chicago Teachers Union after Vallas resigned. “Somebody with the reputation of turning things around may be of use to us….The narrative of collapse is killing us.”
Lynch’s reference to a reputation for turning things around is odd since Vallas has been fired from nearly every education-related job he has held including leadership positions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Bridgeport, Connecticut.Since the announcement of Vallas’ possible appointment as president of CSU there has been widespread opposition to handing Vallas another job to fail at, including coming from Chicago African American Aldermanic leader, Roderick Sawyer.
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