CPS Sues Byrd-Bennett, SUPES Academy For $65 MillionThe Chicago Public Schools have filed a lawsuit seeking to recover $65 million from former CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and SUPES Academy, the principal training firm at the center of a kickback scheme that led to her guilty plea on corruption charges.
Co-Defendants In Schools Kick-Back Scheme Plead Not GuiltyTwo co-defendants in a scheme to steer $23 million in no-bid contracts to an education firm in exchange for kickbacks to the former head of Chicago Public Schools have pleaded not guilty.
Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett Pleads Guilty To Kickback SchemeFormer Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to steer more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer for $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Emanuel Expresses Outrage At Byrd-Bennett, Denies Involvement In SUPES ContractsMayor Rahm Emanuel says he had nothing to do with the $23 million in contracts that indicted former Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett recommended to the school board, and is infuriated with her, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Chicago School Watchdog On Federal Indictment: Told You SoWendy Katten is hoping the indictment of Barbara Bryd-Bennett prompts school board members to listen to parents when they raise concerns about an issue.
Feds: Ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Plead Guilty To Corruption ChargesThe indictment alleges she steered no-bid contracts to SUPES for kickbacks and bribes. Byrd-Bennett, 66, of Solon, Ohio, is charged with 15 counts of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud in the indictment.
Interim CPS Chief Looking Forward To Working With New BoardIn the wake of the resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the interim head of the district was pledging to work with the new Chicago Board of Education, while begging off staying in his current position on a permanent basis.
Emanuel To Shake Up Chicago Board Of EducationAs Mayor Rahm Emanuel searches for a new leader for the Chicago Public Schools, he also has decided to replace most of the school board that approved a controversial $20.5 million no-bid contract which is the focus of a federal investigation.
CPS Boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett ResignsAbout six weeks after taking a paid leave of absence, the embattled head of the Chicago Public Schools has resigned.
CPS Suspends Controversial No-Bid Contract At Center Of Federal ProbeThe Chicago Public Schools have suspended a controversial $20.5 million contract with a company that provides leadership training to principals, amid a federal investigation of the company's ties to CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal InvestigationAfter a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Feds Seek Files On Elite Nonprofit In Chicago Schools ProbeFederal investigators looking into a $20 million no-bid Chicago Public Schools contract have requested records related to a nonprofit group tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and prominent business leaders.
Chicago Schools Chief May Be Due Another $250,000Barbara Byrd-Bennett's contract would have expired June 30, but she exercised an option to extend her contract for another year. Now, she's taking leave while the feds investigate CPS.
Former CPS Boss Concerned About "Stable Leadership" Amid Federal ProbeA major player in Chicago school reform was expressing serious concerns about the uncertainty swirling around the Chicago Public Schools, as chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces a federal probe into a controversial no-bid contract.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Step AsideFilling the void with be Jesse Ruiz, a member of the school board.