Dismissed Principal Accuses CPS Of Trying To Silence Outspoken Principals

By Staff | November 28, 2018

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Via WBEZ Chicago, November 28, 2018. 

A Chicago Public Schools principal is challenging how the school district fires principals as well as accusing it of trying to silence principals in a series of legal steps that could have far-reaching consequences for school leaders.

Principal Michael Beyer, who ran Ogden International School on Chicago’s Gold Coast until his removal last month, filed a human rights complaint Wednesday against the school district with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. And earlier this month, he sued the school district. Beyer charges the school district with failing to afford him due process and accuses it of targeting him for speaking out.

CPS did not respond directly to the lawsuit or the complaint. But a statement from CPS spokesman Michael Passman reiterated that Beyer is facing termination after a CPS inspector general report found he “oversaw the intentional falsification of attendance records and failed to act with professional integrity.” The inspector general recommended Beyer be terminated.

CPS officials also said the school district follows due process requirements set out in the Illinois School Code. They did not address the accusation that the district is trying to silence outspoken principals.

Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, has raised similar concerns about a lack of due process for principals. He says the association is focusing its legal strategy on this issue.

In addition, several principals, including LaRaviere, have been fired after speaking out on school issues.

In early November, Beyer was “reassigned to home” by the school district pending dismissal proceedings. School district officials contend their move to fire Beyer comes as a result of the CPS’ inspector general’s report that found students at his school were unenrolled, rather than marked absent.

Beyer is represented pro bono by Bill Quinlan, whose son attended Ogden.

“To me, this is much bigger than just him,” Quinlan said.

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