Daley Has "Full Confidence" in Huberman

Mayor responds to CPS admissions allegations

Sunday, Aug 2, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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Daley Has "Full Confidence" in Huberman

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Mayor Daley says he has full confidence in CPS Chief Ron Huberman.

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Mayor Daley doesn't seem to be concerned about the leadership of Chicago Public Schools Chief Ron Huberman in the wake of the Chicago Tribune report that the feds are investigating admissions practices at some of the city's top schools.

"I have full confidence in Ron Huberman, " Daley said about the man who has already asked the Inspector General to investigate allegations some kids were favored for admissions.  “No one should use money or clout or influence to get their child into a public school."

"Principal pick" power is a key target of the investigation, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The district allows magnet school principals to hand-pick up to 5 percent of their students.Last, year nine CPS principals used that power.

A Sun-Times investigation earlier this year revealed that some college prep principals hand-picked kids who hadn't filled out applications or taken  the required admission test. 

A state commission appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to resign amid allegations of an admissions scandal  at the school

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