February 28, 2014
"Chicago Public Schools has a proud tradition of athletic competition and sportsmanship, but our number one responsibility to our students is providing them with a solid academic foundation that will serve them the rest of their lives. A District investigation into the academic eligibility of members of the Curie Metropolitan High School boys varsity basketball team found that a number of the players are academically ineligible to compete and, as a result, their season must be forfeited. As adults, educators and mentors, it is our responsibility to teach our students right from wrong and, unfortunately, the adults let these student athletes down by failing to do that and comply with CPS policies."
- CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett
- Seven Curie boys varsity basketball players were found to be academically ineligible since the start of the 2013-14 season.
- The Curie boys varsity basketball team (24-1) is required to forfeit each of its 24 wins this season, in addition to the city champion title.
- CPS will not award a boys varsity basketball championship title this year.
- Effective immediately, the Curie head coach will be suspended from coaching for a period to be determined by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
- All other disciplinary actions are personnel decisions and confidential.
- Despite having been ineligible to compete in CPS this season, all members of the Curie boys varsity basketball team are currently eligible to compete in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state tournament, beginning March 3.
- CPS and IHSA have different eligibility requirements.
- CPS requires students to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average or have a signed certified Individual Study Plan.
- To meet IHSA eligibility, students must be passing five courses and achieving a minimum of 2.5 credits at the time of the tournament.