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.