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  • Chicago schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, addressing the Chicago Urban League in November.

“We need to acknowledge that the community simply does not trust what we say or what we do,” Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in November.

This was during a speech to the Chicago Urban League, three weeks after Rahm Emanuel named her to replace Jean-Claude Brizard. The new CEO attributed the community’s lack of trust to “past actions” by CPS. “The members of our community deserve to be treated as authentic partners,” she said. “We need to build trust, respect and transparency….It is only through such an open and transparent process that we can forge the consensus we need to do what is best for our children and our city.”

It’s hard to argue with that sentiment. But actions speak louder than words.