Noble charter, Chicago’s largest. CEO Milkie resigns following “the situation,” a student petition with 6,000 signatures.

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“Today, my classmates & I delivered over 6,000 signatures from our petition at my school’s network’s board meeting. We spoke on being “escorted” to the restroom, having too much hw, being penalized for not doing it up to their expectations, & not having any freedom of expression.” – Diego Garcia

In the wake of a massive student campaign against Chicago’s largest corporate charter chain’s harsh disciplinary policy, its CEO has resigned.

Noble Network board Chairman Allan Muchin announced today that longtime CEO Michael Milkie will be gone by the January.

“Given the circumstances involved in his decision, we think this is best for Noble as well,” Noble Network board Chairman Allan Muchin wrote. “The board intends to further review the situation.”

The “situation” is a student rebellion in the form of an online petition signed by more than 6,000 people.

Noble Network is the district’s largest charter operator, with 12,000 students, 17 high schools, and one middle school.

Chalkbeat describes Milkie and his wife, Tonya, as former Chicago Public Schools teachers who opened their first charter campus in 1999 in the city’s West Town neighborhood. They began expanding in 2006 and were buoyed by the Renaissance 2010 plan spearheaded by Mayor Richard M. Daley and his schools chief Arne Duncan that seeded many new charters.

The Chicago Teachers Union said Milkie’s resignation was a victory for students who had “suffered” under “extreme disciplinary policies” and fines for minor infractions, such as dress code violations.

4 thoughts on “Noble charter, Chicago’s largest. CEO Milkie resigns following “the situation,” a student petition with 6,000 signatures.

  1. They didn’t cause Micheal Milkie to design so i don’t know where you’re getting your information from. This article is bias and towards the side of the students that are petitioning over things that make no sense what’s the big deal about socks? What’s the big deal about sitting up straight in class? “Noble taking away their dignity”? The only person that can take away your dignity is yourself. According to Nobles Mission statement, “According to Noble Network their mission is as follows, “ Our Mission. Noble is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives.” All these rules and regulations are put in place in order to as stated “ succeed in college and lead exemplary lives” and I believe that if they don’t want that or don’t agree with that then they’re apart of the wrong network! Every rule and regulation has its purpose and complied with their mission statement and all laws under education.

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