Alonso is not the next Chicago schools chief
It seems that despite some serious speculation, city schools CEO Andres Alonso is not heading to the Midwest to take the helm of Chicago Public Schools. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel name Jean-Claude Brizard, from Rochester, N.Y., as the new leader of Chicago's school system at a news conference this morning.
Alonso's name had consistently come up in media reports about who Emanuel would tap to head up Chicago's long-beleaguered school system. Out of every city that was rumored to have Alonso on its radar, or vice versa, Chicago made the most sense. And, frankly, the idea of Chicago as a possible contender--Alonso has not announced whether he will renew his contract in Baltimore--made a lot of people in Baltimore's education circles squirm. Alonso's style was said to be a perfect match for Emanuel's job description, though some questioned whether the city was big enough for both personalities.
So, we can cross that one off the list. On to the next rumored city...
Alonso's current contract expires on June 30.