Deputy Editor Sarah Karp has won second place for investigative reporting from the national Education Writers Association for a series of articles that delved into the details of CPS’ questionable $20 million, no-bid contract with the for-profit SUPES Academy.
The contract with the SUPES Academy is by far the largest no-bid contract that CPS has entered into in at least five years. And the contract has raised suspicion because CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett had a previous relationship with SUPES.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says she is open to “tweaking” the district’s large scale principal professional development and coaching program. But, with increased administration involvement, some are questioning the wisdom of entering into the $20 million three-year contract with the SUPES Academy.
Without fanfare, CPS board members recently approved a three-year, no-bid $20 million contract to provide extensive professional development for principals and network chiefs in what is being dubbed the Chicago Leadership Academy.