Thank you, Ben, for the old style hard-hitting journalism that the dailies no longer provide. Not quite ready to retire from CPS, I was a displaced "Turnaround" teacher, whose salary was too high, so I received no responses to the resumes I submitted for positions I was more than qualified for. So I retired from CPS this past June, after 33 years of teaching. Since Paul Vallas left (probably pushed out by Daley, because he ran the schools independent of City Hall), I saw the system get more and more politicized, staffed by non-educators, making policy that seemed non-intuitive and counter productive. We've been watching the death of the public schools in Chicago and now it has been exported to the Dept. of Education. There was a time when one worked ones way up to become an administrator, spending very many years in the classroom as a teacher, working with students. Now, it's a couple years in the classroom (or maybe none at all) before becoming an administrator or manager for the public schools. As many of my colleagues say about how it works in CPS, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."