Ex-charter School Executive Getting $250K As Rauner’s Education Advisor

April 13, 2015 Nemes Education

A previous Chicago charter schools executive is making $250,000 a year to spearhead Gov. Bruce Rauners leading education initiatives, a salary that is more than double what her predecessors got and places her as the highest-paid member of a Cabinet already under scrutiny for its lofty paychecks.For weeks, Beth

Purvis role in the administration had actually been somewhat of a mystery. There was no official announcement when she was worked with, and during a Residence education committee meeting earlier this month, she stood and introduced herself when someone on the panel asked if anybody from the governors workplace was in attendance.Not up until after a number of queries from The Associated Press did the Rauner administration divulge that Purvis a key member of the guvs shift team is now earning $250,000 a year to advise him on education policy. Purvis is being paid as an independent professional and accepting neither state health nor retirement benefits, according to the guvs office.From 2003 till last year, Purvis, who holds a doctorate in unique education, acted as CEO of the Chicago International Charter School, a network of 15 schools

in Chicago and Rockford. She formerly worked as an unique education instructor in Maryland and Tennessee and a teacher at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served on education advisory councils under the last 2 Illinois governors.In an interview with the AP, Purvis said her wage is commensurate with what Ive been paid in the past and cited her three decades of experience.Rauner Friday called Purvis a superstar who is well worth every penny.We need her leadership because we needhave to thoroughly transform education and vocational training in Illinois, Rauner said. We have a state of mind too much in government that everybodys identical, everybody needs to be treated the same. Patient must be compensated based on skill. We might pay everyone the very same and have great deals of sub-par folks.But some Democratic lawmakers questioned whether the pay was proper for an employee of the state.We desire the most gifted people to take a turn serving in government, said Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park. But many everyone in public service are paid significantly less than if we used our skills in personal enterprise. That sort of sacrifice is usually part of the general public service deal.The choice of Purvis likewise makes a statement about Rauners concerns early in his tenure a concentrate on lifting the states

cap on the number of charter schools permittedallowed the state. And Rauner last month recommended a spending plan that consisted of a$ 300 million increase to financing for main and secondary education next year while requiring cuts elsewhere, including an approximately $400 million reduction in funding to higher education

to offset the bump.Rauner already has actually come under fire for paying leading members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors but slamming the average state employee as paid too much. Hes invested the very first months of his tenure calling for shared sacrifice and providing an executive order halting nonessential spending.

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