Embattled Chicago Public School principal Troy LaRaviere, who has been charged by the district and reassigned without a school, has won the post as President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association.
He easily defeated Ken Hunter, who had the backing of CPS officials. LaRaviere, who had 69 percent of the vote, will take over in July.
I plan on bringing everyone’s voice to the table," he wrote in a celebratory blog post.
“We have serious challenges ahead of us that we all care about deeply, and we must put our differences aside and unite to address them," he added.
LaRaviere was suspended without pay last week and removed from Blaine Elementary, one of the district's highest performing schools, during Spring Break.
CPS notified LaRaviere that he would be removed from his post as Blaine’s principal last month. He claims the ousting was retaliatory and politically motivated, but the district has denied that claim.
“Mr. LaRaviere has made public the charges that CPS provided to him on April 25, 2016. Those charges set forth the bases for CPS’ decision to remove him as a principal," CPS said in a statement. "An independent arbitrator will hear evidence concerning those charges and make a recommendation concerning Mr. LaRaviere’s employment.”
LaRaviere has been an outspoken critic of Mayor Emanuel and CPS policies, including being the first to speak out against the teacher training from the Supes Academy. CPS had entered a $23 million contract with Supes, that eventually lead to the former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett’s dismissal and federal fraud charges.
Last summer, the Board of Education issued a formal warning to the outspoken principal, calling him 'insubordinate' for not rallying behind a push for Spring Standardized Testing.
Last week, LaRaviere penned a blog post detailing the events that led up to his dismissal. In the post, LaRaviere speculated that CPS monitored his email account to find out about a meeting he planned on the day of his dismissal with an “insider with detailed knowledge” of a CPS contract arrangement that looked to privatize the management of the district’s engineers.