Gov. Bruce Rauner’s education czar Beth Purvis will leave her post on Friday.
Purvis will join an unnamed national nonprofit where she will oversee educational philanthropy.
Purvis previously ran a network of charter schools, and was hired by Rauner on a yearly contract of $250,000.
Readers may recall that her salary came from a fund that supplied resources for students with Autism.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times under the Freedom of Information Act show that one of the highest-paid state employees hired under Rauner isn’t making a dent in the governor’s office budget.
In March, Rauner tapped Beth Purvis, a former charter school director, as his education secretary at an annual salary of $250,000.
At the time it was the highest-paid position in the governor’s cabinet.
But her contract, signed March 13, indicates that she’s being paid out of the Department of Human Services, even as it indicates she will “report directly to the governor’s chief of staff or designee.”
Three weeks after Purvis’ contract was signed, the governor’s office announced that the Department of Human Services was strapped for cash, and sliced $26 million in services including for autism, epilepsy and burials for the indigent. The cuts, later known as “the Good Friday Massacre,” caused some programs to completely shut down. The cuts caused a furor, prompting House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to call a public hearing on why it happened after Democrats said they believed a budget deal with the governor protected such services.
The Department of Human Services in its mission statement says it aims to serve “those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.”
Once Beth leaves on Friday will the kids with Autism get their money back?