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Restore Principal, Dr. Jordan to Powell Academy

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Restore Principal, Dr. Derek Jordan of Adam Clayton Powell Paideia Academy.


Dr. Derek Jordan, Principal of the only Level 1 plus Elementary School in South Shore for the last 8 years. He is 1 of 2 African American Male Principals in the South Shore Elementary School area within District 299. Dr. Jordan arrived in 2007 and remove Powell Academy from probation within 1 year. He has received awards for 95% attendance, exceeded standardized testing for grades kindergarten through 2nd grade, less than 5% misconduct issues, Zero gangs in the school, Zero teacher grievances in 8 years. Powell Academy under Dr. Jordan’s leadership achieved 100% Reach Evaluation and compliant for the last 2 years. Finally, he also received a Principal Performance Rating of Exceeding in all areas.

Under Dr. Derek Jordan’s leadership, Powell Academy rated highest in Ambitious Instruction, Effective Leadership, Collaborative Teachers, and Supportive Environment. Powell Academy currently has a fully functioning LSC and PAC. His contract was renewed for 4 years with full LSC approval on June 2015. Then assured by Jose Villasenor, Deputy Director of Office of Local School Council Relations, of continued employment.

On August 20, 2015 Dr. Jordan received notification from CPAA (Chicago Principals Administrators Association) stating effective August 14, 2015 that he would no longer be Principal of Powell Academy without cause. The reassignment location was home. There is no reason given for abrupt reassignment, thus a breach of a duty of good faith and fair dealing. Dr. Jordan has been removed without due process and lack of participation from LSC. Chief McDade violated Public Policy to reassign Derek Jordan for reasons that society recognizes as illegitimate grounds for reassignment.

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