Penny Pritzker resigns from Chicago Board of Education [View all]
Source: Chicago Sun Times
Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education Thursday, laying the groundwork for the billionaire businesswoman to be appointed U.S. Commerce Secretary by President Barack Obama.
A former finance chairwoman for Obama’s 2008 campaign, Pritzker has been widely rumored to be in line for the Commerce post, a plum frequently used to reward campaign fund-raisers. William Daley, the former mayor’s brother, served in that same job during President Bill Clinton’s second term.
She is a huge charter supporter and a long-time education advocate. She was a contributor to Stand for Children, which led the writing of an Emanuel-backed school reform bill that trimmed teacher union power and raised the strike threshold while giving CPS enhanced muscle to extend the school day and year.
The bill backfired. Chicago teachers were so fired up by the mayor’s heavy-handed maneuvering in Springfield, they authorized a strike by a 90 percent vote and walked off the job for the first time in 25 years.