Paul Vallas. “I shall return.”
There is some interesting stuff in this morning’s story by Sun-Times reporters, Fran Spielman and Lauren FitzPatrick.
With city taxpayers about to be placed firmly on the hook to prevent the school year from ending early, tensions are rising between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the trusted mayoral friend now serving as his hand-picked CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.
Frankly, that is the scoop I suppose.
The mayor has obviously leaked that the he, The Dear Leader, is upset with his hand-picked CPS CEO and that Claypool will be gone by the time schools open in the Fall.
But hand-picked is good for blueberries. Not school leaders.
Spielman and FitzPatrick go on to list all the jobs Claypool has been appointed to. The truth is he hasn’t been very good at any of them.
Claypool has only actually run for office twice. Once for County Board when he barely beat the Machine’s official pick, Ted Lechowicz, by two percentage points.
The second time he ran for and he lost to County Board Chairman John Stroger, who was in a coma at the time.
Richie Daley and Rahm Emanuel just keep appointing this guy over and over with no accountability.
And never has to answer to the voters, as former hand-picked school board member, Jesse Ruiz, once boasted about his CPS board of education seat. “I would hate to have to stand for election,” said Ruiz.
Nobody on the board has to answer to anyone but to The Dear Leader.
Spielman and FitzPatrick are good reporters. But I have to question something they said about Paul Vallas in this article.
In 2001, Daley fired his wildly popular schools CEO Paul Vallas, who had achieved hero status during a highly acclaimed, six-year partnership with then-School Board President Gery Chico.
It was the modern-day equivalent of President Harry Truman’s firing of General Douglas McArthur — like a conquering hero being summoned home.
Vallas is another one of these guys who gets appointed over and over again and then massively fails out every job he is appointed to.
When he actually runs for office, like he did as the lieutenant governor with Pat Quinn, he loses.
In fact, he is so wildly popular that he probably was a major contributor to Quinn’s defeat, along with Quinn’ support for pension theft.
The only thing guys like Vallas and Claypool have in common with Douglas McArthur is that they keep getting to say, “I shall return.”
Chicago needs an elected school board.