Noble in damage control mode

Noble Muchin Campus principal (right) talks to protesting parent Donna Moore

It was kind of funny to see a “team” from Noble charter network trying to crash our press conference, working the media in full-out damage control mode.

The principal of Noble’s Muchin campus was there with a parent who was set in front of any reporter who would listen¬† to her to say how happy she was to pay the $140 fines just so that her child would be prepared to go on to college.

Gee, how on earth do all those parents out in the suburbs manage to get their kids into college without the Noble “secret sauce”?

A Noble PR person was there, too, handing out a Noble press release which pretty much admitted that they do what we said they do, and they’re proud of it.

Some early media reports:

WLS-TV: Charter school’s disciplinary fines protested

WGN-TV: Parents say Charter school fines are a “tax” on minorities

WBBM-TV: Students, Parents Protest Noble Network School Discipline Policy

Chicago News Cooperative: Charter operator Fines students for infractions

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