Teacher Preparation

Chicago Hosts Not-So-"Secret” Job Fair

By Dakarai I. Aarons — July 31, 2009 1 min read
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When an angry teacher confronted Chicago schools CEO Ron Huberman about a “secret” job fair the district was having today, he laughed it off and said every job fair was public.

“I can dispel the rumor,’' schools CEO Ron Huberman told the giggling crowd. “There are no secret teacher fairs. Any teacher fairs are public. Everyone is invited, and they are advertised.’'

Turned out the joke was on Huberman.

Those invited, who included Teach For America teachers and members of the district’s teaching fellows program, were told not to share the information with anyone else, or face not being invited to future events.

When he found out the district staff had sent invitation-only tickets, he ordered the fair opened to everyone and publicized, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Looks like Chicago teacher recruitment staffers will have to find another way to target the relatively few jobs open this year to the candidates they want.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.