New ISBE Chief Named

I hope that everyone is paying attention to this.

From the Tribune:

Rauner, who does not directly hire the state school chief but appoints members to the state board, has been focused on putting in place a “transformational” leader over Illinois’ education system.

What that means remains unclear.

But board Chairman James Meeks said: “Well, I think that his reputation is for fighting for and having a compassion for kids who are underachievers. The biggest mark about Tony Smith, and when you talk to him you will discover, that he has a passion for kids who are not quite achieving. He has a compelling story, and when you guys get to hear about his story and get to know him and know where he’s come from, you’ll love him.” 

Interesting.  Will watch how this unfolds.

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