Whitney Young Principal Testifies in Admissions Probe

Joyce Kenner assured that she, school are not at center of investigation

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Sep 17, 2009  |  Updated 4:00 PM CDT
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Whitney Young Principal Testifies in Admissions Probe

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The principal of an elite Chicago public high school subpoenaed last month in a clout scandal said she's given testimony to a federal panel, but declined to elaborate.

The principal of an elite Chicago public high school subpoenaed last month in a clout scandal said she's given testimony to a federal panel, but declined to elaborate.

Whitney Young Magnet Principal Joyce Kenner said she was assured by authorities that neither she, nor the school, are at the center of the investigation, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Kenner spoke to the panel as the part of an investigation into what role public officials played in getting potentially unqualified students admitted to prestigious schools.

Principals at the schools are allowed to pick up to five percent of the students admitted, but that practice has come under increased scrutiny by critics who say the privilege has been abused.

Two Chicago aldermen  -- Anthony Beale (9th) and Ricardo Munoz (22nd) -- have acknowledged that they called Kenner to help get relatives and constituents' children into Whitney Young, but denied pressuring her. 
 

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