Troy LaRaviere resigns as Blaine principal, blasts Mayor Emanuel

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CHICAGO — Ousted CPS principal Troy LaRaviere has resigned his position at Blaine Elementary amid an ongoing fight against his dismissal.

The controversial principal announced his resignation Tuesday, blasting his dismissal process and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a public blog post.

Chicago Public Schools removed LaRaviere from his position back in April, causing a stir on social media and among CPS parents. He was named president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association in May, but continued to contest his dismissal from Blaine.

But on Tuesday he ended his fight, criticizing the hearing process as a “kangaroo court”and directly addressing Emanuel in his blog post.

“You have made it increasingly difficult for principals and teachers to provide strong academic programs for our students,” he wrote.

He added, “[M]y efforts to reverse your poor fiscal and educational management of our school system are just getting started.”

LaRaviere wrote that his current position as president of the principals association would prevent him from returning to Blaine Elementary.

The district accused LaRaviere of insubordination when it removed him from Blaine back in the spring. LaRaviere then countered, saying it was a political play.

Blaine Elementary will begin its school year on Sept. 6.

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