Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Arne Duncan's appointment: the view from Chicago

Julie Woestehoff is head of PURE, Parents United for Responsible Education in Chicago, and a strong education advocate for the right of parents to be involved in decision-making at the school level. (that's her in the front, with the white hair, with other PURE members.)

Julie co-authored our Common-sense education reforms for the Presidential candidates and appeared at our forum last month on Mayoral control in other cities.

Here is her statement today on the PURE blog: Not my first choice

Well, godspeed, Arne. Let's hope that working for a better boss will help you make better decisions.

It was hard to know what to say to the press last night - here's what I came up with:

In the Tribune: "I think Arne's time here is a cautionary tale," said Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education. "We hope that outside of Chicago, Arne Duncan will do the right thing for kids."

In the Sun-Times: "There have been good things and bad things about what's been happening in Chicago schools,'' said Julie Woestehoff of Parents United for Responsible Education."We all need to look very carefully at what those things are.''....

pure | PURE Thoughts | 16 December, 9:59am

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