WBEZ | Jean Claude Brizard http://www.wbez.org/tags/jean-claude-brizard-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Beleaguered CPS chief Brizard to step down http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2012-10-17/beleaguered-cps-chief-brizard-step-down-103092 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/6400_transform.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63166073&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is leaving after 17 months with the district.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel handpicked Brizard to run Chicago&#39;s public school system&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;the third largest in the country &mdash;&nbsp;shortly after he took office in 2011. Brizard previously ran the public schools in Rochester, N.Y. and earlier in his career was a teacher and administrator in the New York City public schools.</p><p>Contentious teacher contract issues, turbulent hearings on school closings, a push for longer school days and the first teachers strike in 25 years marked Brizard&#39;s 17-month tenure.&nbsp;</p><p>In recent months, and throughout the seven-day teachers strike, Brizard remained out of the public eye and was absent during contract negotiations. Rumors about his departure had been swirling for weeks, but Emanuel and other top school officials repeatedly denied them.</p><p>As recently as Wednesday night, a CPS spokeswoman denied rumors of Brizard&#39;s departure and said &quot;we had a marathon cabinet meeting today.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel named the district&#39;s interim Chief Education Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett as CEO, saying &quot;Barbara is a proven leader and educator with the breadth and depth of experience that make her uniquely qualified to servie Chicago&#39;s students and lead Chicago&#39;s schools, and I am incredibly proud to welcome her into this position.&quot; &nbsp;</p><p>Bryd-Bennett will be CPS&#39;s fifth chief executive in four years. She will be the face of two hugely controversial issues&mdash;a massive restructuring of the district, including school closings, and a ballooning deficit, caused when CPS has to start contributing more to the teachers&#39; pensions.</p><p>The mayor&#39;s spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton said Brizard told the mayor that it was &quot;nearly impossible&quot; to do his job with all the speculation about him leaving.&nbsp;</p><p>Brizard issued a statement just after midnight Thursday, touting the district&#39;s new &quot;Framework for Teaching&quot; developed under his watch. He also cited increases in test scores, the percentage of freshman on track to graduate high school and the decrease in the district&#39;s one-year drop out rate.</p><p>&quot;I leave this role with great sadness, but with the knowledge that the seeds for true innovation and transformation have been planted,&quot; Brizard said in the statement. &quot;They only need to be cultivated.&quot;</p><p>Heather Anichini, the head of the Chicago Public Education Fund, which has worked closely with Byrd-Bennett, issued a statement late Thursday evening.</p><p>&ldquo;I am optimistic Barbara will build on the successes and talent in schools today, while pursuing a nuanced and aggressive plan for achieving the goal of world-class educational options for all of Chicago&rsquo;s children,&rdquo; Anichini said.</p><p>The CEO position carried a $250,000 a year salary, but the financial terms of Brizard&#39;s departure are not yet known. His departure is by &quot;mutual agreement,&quot; the high-level source said.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2012-10-17/beleaguered-cps-chief-brizard-step-down-103092 Brizard discusses teachers' pay, longer days http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/brizard-discusses-teachers-pay-longer-days-96097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/Brizard.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank"><em>Schools on the Line</em></a> is the name of a call-in show WBEZ airs during the last Thursday of every month. It is a chance for listeners ask Chicago Public School chief Jean Claude Brizard their questions. There are certainly no shortage of issues facing schools, parents, teachers and administrators. School closings and longer school days are two of the most pressing issues right now.</p><p>During Thursday nights show, Danielle called in to discuss teachers' pay as it relates to a longer school day.</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/brizard-discusses-teachers-pay-longer-days-96097 Education task force slams Chicago Public Schools http://www.wbez.org/story/education-task-force-slams-chicago-public-schools-94512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/Education Task Force.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.isbe.state.il.us/CEF/">The Chicago Education Facilities Task Force</a> is slamming a Chicago Public Schools plan to close and turnaround some struggling schools. The task force exists to gather feedback from all stake-holders in school facility related decisions. It's a bi-partisan committee made up of politicians, CPS officials and community advocates.</p><p>They called a public hearing Thursday following <a href="http://www.cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/11_30_2011_PR1.aspx">an announcement</a> that 17 schools are slated to be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-names-schools-close-phase-out-94471">closed, phased out</a> or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-names-record-10-schools-turnaround-94409">turned around</a>.</p><p>Ill. State Sen. Iris Martinez is on the task force and said CPS didn't use <a href="http://www.isbe.state.il.us/CEF/pdf/ceftf_prelim_rec_0211.pdf">the committee's input</a> in picking which schools to close and overhaul.</p><p>"This task force has to be respected! We want transparency - talk to us! Tell us exactly how did you come to this? That's all we're asking," Martinez said.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools officials at the meeting said the district did receive the committee's recommendations, but their plan did not change.</p><p>State Representative Cynthia Soto said that by law CPS has to use a clear system-wide criteria and community input. Soto said the committee will be discussing whether or not to take legal action.</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/education-task-force-slams-chicago-public-schools-94512 Principal talks about his school's 'phase out' http://www.wbez.org/story/principal-talks-about-his-schools-phase-out-94493 <p><p>Chicago Public Schools is trying some controversial strategies to improve under-performing schools. CPS announced Wednesday that it wants to close two elementary schools and phase out two under-performing high schools. Phasing out means the school won't get a freshman class next year, and it will remain open only until the current freshman graduate.</p><p>Robert McMiller has been the principal of Dyett High School for a little more than two years. The school is in Chicago's South Side Washington Park neighborhood.</p><p>WBEZ's Jennifer Brandel spoke with McMiller about the phase out.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483832-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-december/2011-12-01/dyett-2way-mp3.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 13:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/principal-talks-about-his-schools-phase-out-94493 Chicago names schools to be closed, phased out http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-names-schools-close-phase-out-94471 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/studying.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>More than half of Chicago's 675 Public Schools are on probation for chronically low student performance. CPS is trying a few strategies to change that. One way they're attempting it is by closing struggling schools altogether and sending kids to better schools.</p><p>Another tactic is "phasing out" schools, which means enrollment is gradually reduced one grade per year until no students remain. Phase outs target severely underperforming schools where there are safety concerns about moving students from the building.</p><p>CPS is also proposing school co-locations, in which a new or existing school is placed in a facility with an existing school.</p><p>Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard announced the proposed closings, phase outs and co-locations on Wednesday. CPS reported these moves plus school turnarounds would give 7,800 students access to higher quality schools.</p><p>Guggenheim and Price are two low-performing elementary schools targeted to close. When asked about whether or not closing schools made good financial sense, he said they'll figure out the financial side of it all later.</p><p>"Fundamentally our focus has been on improving the lot for kids around performance, not necessarily about dollars. I think part of past mistakes have been the district has been focused on efficiency," Brizard said.</p><p>Brizard added that Crane and Dyett High Schools were decided to be phased out over the next few years.</p><p>Robert McMiller is the principal at Dyett High School. He said he and his staff received the news Tuesday morning and were shocked. A network chief came into the school and read a letter from Jean Claude Brizard to the staff.</p><p>"As an administrator, you learn to accept a lot of things. I was feeling bad for my staff. I have a very hard-working, dedicated staff. My concern was for them," McMiller said.</p><p>McMiller has been principal at Dyett for just over two years, and he said in that time there have been improvements. He said this year the school had its first student who scored a 25 of the ACT, a solid score on a standardized test for college.&nbsp;</p><p>"I'm convinced that all we need is a few more years. It's not easy to academically turn a school around without a lot of resources," McMiller said. "It takes time to change the overall culture of the school. It takes time to get parents more involved in the school."</p><p>Another controversial strategy being used to improve struggling schools is called "turnaround." <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-names-record-10-schools-turnaround-94409">On Tuesday, CPS announced a record ten schools</a> it would overhaul with all staff being replaced at the end of this academic year. Two organizations: the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) and the Office of School Improvement (OSI), have been chosen to run turnaround schools.</p><p>Brizard and staff said schools chosen for the various actions were not necessarily the worst performing of all Chicago's Public Schools. Priority was given to schools with nearby better performing schools that had room to accept incoming students.</p><p>"There's a capacity issue. I'm not going to close a school for efficiency purposes if I cannot find a way to put those kids in a better place. And right now the quality pool in some neighborhoods is pretty lacking," Brizard said.</p><p>Brizard also stressed safety as a big consideration. He said CPS staff has been meeting with Chicago Police, community groups and the CTA to determine which schools have the best chance of combining without putting student safety at risk.</p><p>All teachers and staff at schools being closed, phased out, or turned around will be given pink slips. CPS would not say how many teachers and staff people that could affect.</p><p>CPS gave the following important dates in the school actions process:</p><p><u>12/1 – 12/31/2011</u>:&nbsp; Informal parent and community meetings; Informational enrollment briefings</p><p><u>1/1- 2/10/2012</u>: (1) Formal hearing and (2) Community meetings for each SB630 action; (1) Formal hearing for each turnaround</p><p><u>2/22/2012</u>: Board vote on SB630 school actions and turnarounds</p><p><u>3/2012 – 9/2012</u>:&nbsp; Ongoing interaction with communities to collect input on needs, concerns, etc.&nbsp; (Will feed into the following year’s school action decisions)</p><p><strong>Propsed Closings </strong></p><ul><li>Guggenheim Elementary, 7141 S. Morgan Street, 291 students. Reassign returning students to Bond Elementary, 7050 S May Street.</li><li>Price Elementary, 4351 S. Drexel Boulevard, 111 students. Reassign returning students to National Teachers Academy, 55 West Cermak Road .</li></ul><p><strong>Proposed Phase-Outs</strong></p><ul><li>Crane High School, 2245 W. Jackson, 638 students. Incoming students will be assigned to Wells High School.</li><li>Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st Street, 318 students. Incoming freshman will be reassigned to Phillips High School.</li></ul><p><strong>Proposed Closings of Schools Already Being Phased Out</strong></p><ul><li>Reed Elementary, 6350 S. Stewart Avenue, 44 students. Reassign returning student to Nicholson Elementary, 6006 South Peoria Street.</li><li>Lathrop Elementary, 1440 S. Christiana Street, 83 students. Reassign returning students to Johnson Elementary, 1420 S Albany Avenue.</li><li>Best Practices High School, 2040 W. Adams St, an existing high school phase-out with zero students currently enrolled.</li></ul><p><strong>Proposed Co-Locations</strong></p><p>Academy of Community and Technology Charter, 4319 W. Washington Boulevard, locates to Nash Elementary, 4837 W. Erie Street.</p><p>Chicago High School for the Arts, 535 E. 35th Street, takes additional classroom space in the Doolittle East Campus (currently PreK-8, located next door to the ChiArts High School).</p><p>Additional Talent Development, 4319 W. Washington Boulevard, takes classrooms at Crane High School, 2245 W. Jackson. Crane is currently a proposed phase out school under board consideration.</p><p><strong>Proposed Turnarounds to be Managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership</strong></p><p>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pablo Casals Elementary School, 3501 W. Potomac Avenue<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Melville W. Fuller Elementary School, 4214 S. Saint Lawrence Avenue<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Theodore Herzl Elementary School, 3711 W. Douglas Blvd.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Marquette Elementary School, 6550 S. Richmond St.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brian Piccolo Elementary Specialty School, 1040 N. Keeler Ave.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Amos Alonzo Stagg Elementary School, 7424 S. Morgan St.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA) High School, 2100 E. 87th St.</p><p><strong>Proposed District-run Turnarounds</strong></p><p>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Edward Tilden Career Community Academy High School, 4747 S. Union Ave.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wendell Smith Elementary School, 744 E. 103rd St.<br> •&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Carter G. Woodson South Elementary School, 4414 S. Evans</p><p>Below is a clickable map of the 10 schools slated for closure, phase out or co-location, as announced on Thursday:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0" id="umapper_embed" width="500" height="300"><param name="FlashVars" value="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/116910.kml"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="movie" value="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf"><param name="quality" value="high"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="kmlPath=http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/maps/kml/116910.kml" name="umapper_embed" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" quality="high" src="http://umapper.s3.amazonaws.com/templates/swf/embed.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="500" height="300"></object></p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the schools Crane and Dyett students will attend if the proposed school actions are passed.</em> <em>Crane students will be reassigned to Wells High School; Dyett students will be reassigned to Phillips High School.</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-names-schools-close-phase-out-94471 Longer CPS school day to get state hearing http://www.wbez.org/story/longer-cps-school-day-get-state-hearing-93142 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100914_llutton_730396_In C_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>An unfair labor practices complaint filed by the Chicago Teachers Union is moving forward. It challenges the district’s school-by-school push for a longer school day.</p><p>The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board determined late Thursday that a violation of labor laws may have occurred. It’s calling for a December hearing and will consider next week whether a preliminary injunction should be granted to stop the district’s “Longer Day Pioneer Program.”</p><p>The union nixed the idea of moving to a longer school day district-wide in late summer, saying a longer day required planning. Shortly thereafter, CPS began offering incentives to individual schools to adopt a longer day.</p><p>The CTU complaint, filed last month, said that’s circumventing the union. And it said the incentives—including money for schools, cash payments to teachers, and allegedly iPads and extra days off–constitute illegal bribes. The complaint also alleges teachers were told their schools could close or there could be layoffs if they didn’t vote for the longer day.</p><p>“This is really about protecting the collective bargaining rights,” said CTU president Karen Lewis. “We have to do this. Because if it was up to the board they would do whatever they wanted, when they wanted, without having to deal with us.”</p><p>CPS predicted the district will prevail in the upcoming hearings—and all students with an extra 90 minutes of class time will keep it.</p><p>“This 90 minutes of additional instructional time is critical,” said district spokeswoman Becky Carroll. “It’s helping to get some students here in Chicago on par with the rest of their peers across the country.”</p><p>The union contract does allow for waivers to be voted on school by school. But CTU argues those are intended only for special cases.</p><p>Thirteen schools voted to lengthen their day under the Pioneer Schools program; some have already begun, others are slated to start with longer hours in January.</p><p>The union said it hasn’t decided yet whether it will ask the IELRB to undo those 13 votes during next week’s injunctive relief hearing. The union says it wants to talk to teachers at the 13 schools first.</p><p>A 2007 National Council on Teacher Quality report found Chicago Public Schools has the shortest school day among the nation's 50 largest districts and one of the shortest school years.</p><p>The union held a press conference Friday that also included two parents. Sarah Simmons has a seventh grader at Talcott Elementary.</p><p>“This smacks of union busting, and as part of the CPS community—even though I’m just a parent, I don’t think that’s good for the children,” Simmons said.</p><p>Lewis acknowledged CPS will adopt a longer school day districtwide next fall. She reiterated a call to make that a better day, with art, music, languages and recess.</p></p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 11:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/longer-cps-school-day-get-state-hearing-93142 Brizard fields listener questions on Chicago schools http://www.wbez.org/story/brizard-fields-listener-questions-chicago-schools-91439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/IMG_1488web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students are getting ready for the new school year. For parents, teachers and school administrators, it’s a time to grapple with what it will take to help kids succeed.</p><p>WBEZ wants you to be a part of the discussion. Chicago schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joins WBEZ monthly to take listener calls, answer questions and hear concerns during our call-in program <em>Schools on the Line</em>. Listen to the entire September broadcast by clicking the play button below.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-01/sotl110901.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Be sure to join us on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.&nbsp; And if you have questions you'd like to submit in advance, call us at 312.948.4886. Email us at schoolsontheline@wbez.org, or tweet at @AskBrizard.</p><p>The following are audio excerpts from September's call-in show:</p><p><strong>Brizard responding to a question about a longer school day</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">“We’d love to see as many schools as possible do this as quickly as possible—responsibly of course….We hope to have some schools begin this process as soon as maybe January.... We’ve heard from principals who tell us, ‘We can do this right now.’ … We were hoping to get all of the elementary schools to do this in January, but the CTU said no to the proposal. So right now we’re talking to principals….We’re talking to a lot of our principals see which ones have the staff who are willing to be pioneers in this work.”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/school-day.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Bilingual education</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">“There is a tremendous commitment to second language teaching in our district, although I’d like to see more of it. If you look in the last budget, we actually made sure to keep that program whole. It’s one of those investments that we made in classrooms around World Languages, despite the massive shortfall.”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/bilingual-ed.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Brizard on art and music in the longer day</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">“I’m talking to young people and teachers in schools in poor parts of our community where they have phys ed once a week, where they have art maybe six months out of the school year and&nbsp; music flips to the other side. Those kinds of tradeoffs we shouldn’t have to make, and I think a longer school day will allow principals and teachers to do all of the above…. But we want to make sure schools are focusing on what they see as great need based on student achievement scores.”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/art-and-music.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Brizard on what parents can do to create more gifted and magnet programs in needy neighborhoods</strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/mag-skl-creation.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Brizard on whether he will push Emanuel to release TIF funds for schools to use</strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/tif.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Brizard on a lack of sports offerings</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">“Sometimes it comes back to funding, it comes back to being able to find a coach or support to actually make that happen. It really goes to offering kids something beyond basketball….”</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483708-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-september/2011-09-02/sports.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/brizard-fields-listener-questions-chicago-schools-91439 New report: CPS faces "enormous budget gaps" http://www.wbez.org/story/new-report-cps-faces-enormous-budget-gaps-90827 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-19/Civic Federation Report.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Schools 2012 budget is acceptable, but only for the short term. That's according to a report released by the Civic Federation on Monday.</p><p>The checkbook that Chicago Public Schools has to balance is like any of ours, but far bigger and far scarier.&nbsp; Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation said, "It is in a very dire situation."</p><p>The Federation's 82-page analysis of next year's CPS budget endorses some painful decisions - like denying teachers a four percent cost of living increase and raising property taxes. It says such decisions are in part necessary to maintain class size.</p><p>Despite these hand-wringing choices, Msall said, "This is a good budget and a good short-term plan for Chicago Public Schools. It is not the long-term plan that they need in order to get through the next three to five years."</p><p>Looking ahead, the Federation report uses phrases like "fiscal calamity in the very near future." Some of the highlighted causes include a broken pension system that may be beyond repair, and the financial instability of the state of Illinois as a whole.</p><p>The Federation is urging CPS leadership to start planning for the widening future budget shortfall now. In a press release, Msall stated, "If nothing is done, the pain and controversy of the FY2012 budget will seem mild in comparison to the massive cuts in personnel and services that will be necessary to balance the budget in FY2014."</p></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-report-cps-faces-enormous-budget-gaps-90827 Chicago schools CEO Brizard to take listener calls on new WBEZ program http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-04/chicago-schools-ceo-brizard-take-listener-calls-new-wbez-program-9012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-04/brizard by healy 6-22-11-321x277.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's not often the public gets a chance to speak directly with a key city leader, but not so now if you're a student, teacher, parent or citizen interested in public education in Chicago.</p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">The </span></span>head of Chicago Public Schools has agreed to appear monthly on WBEZ 91.5FM in a new, live special call-in program about the state of education in the nation's third largest school district.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-04/brizard by healy 6-22-11-321x277.jpg" style="width: 265px; height: 228px; float: left; margin: 7px;" title="(Photo by Bill Healy)">CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will join WBEZ hosts for a full hour each month to take questions and comments from listeners via phone, email and Twitter.</p><p>The program, called <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line"><em>Schools on the Line</em></a>, debuts Monday, August 8th from 7pm-8pm on WBEZ 91.5 FM and wbez.org.&nbsp; Thereafter, the program will air on the first Thursday of each month.</p><p>“I believe strongly in having an open and transparent dialogue with the public and doing so in as many ways as I can, " said Brizard. "Public radio has always been at the forefront of engaging the public in issues of vital importance to our communities, such as education, and I believe this will provide an incredible opportunity for them to hear from me directly about all issues impacting our children’s academic success.”&nbsp;</p><p>I'll be hosting the first episode of<em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line">Schools on the Line</a></em> - and we invite you to participate.&nbsp; You can do so, of course, during the live broadcast Monday at 7pm - or by submitting questions and comments in advance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><u>To participate</u></p><p>-Email questions to:&nbsp; <strong><a href="mailto:SchoolsOnTheLine@wbez.org">SchoolsOnTheLine@wbez.org</a></strong></p><p>-Leave a question or comment for Mr. Brizard ahead of time by calling <strong>312-948-4886</strong></p><p>-Join the live broadcast at 7pm by sending an email or by calling <strong>312-923-9239</strong></p><p>-Twitter: @AskBrizard</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-04/chicago-schools-ceo-brizard-take-listener-calls-new-wbez-program-9012 Ald. Pat Dowell reacts to CPS changes in her community http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/ald-pat-dowell-reacts-cps-changes-her-community-87758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/Dowell_courtest of Pat Dowell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some communities might be excited to get a new school, but not everyone in the 3rd Ward on Chicago’s South Side is excited about <a href="http://www.urbanprep.org/" target="_blank">South Shore Urban Prep High School</a> relocating there. In recent years, residents of the Ward, which includes Bronzeville, have seen a number of school closings and openings.<a href="http://www.dowellfor3rdward.com/" target="_blank"> Alderman Pat Dowell</a> of the 3rd Ward says she is frustrated by the way decisions have been made and the effects they’ve had on her community. She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to explain more.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br> <strong>Chicago Public School's response to Ald. Dowell's letter to CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard:</strong><br> From Becky Carroll, CPS Spokeswoman:</p><p>First, we want to thank Alderman Dowell for her commitment to her community and leadership on these very important issues. CPS staff has been working with her and her community to address many of them and we'll continue to do so moving forward under the guidance of our new CEO, Jean Claude Brizard.</p><p>The district currently faces an staggering $720 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year and we are working to preserve existing safe passage funding at 38 of our schools. Given our limited funding we are unable to expand the program at this time but are committed to focus funding on existing schools within the program in an effort to maintain consistency and effect a lasting impact on those school communities.</p><p>CPS is committed to the safety of all of our students and work regularly with city agencies to implement strategies to ensure the safety of our students. We are collaborating with CPD and the CTA to ensure that students attending Urban Prep and surrounding schools will travel to and from school in the safest way possible during the upcoming school year. We have worked with principals to stagger dismissal times for all high schools in the area to minimize contact between student bodies and are working with the CTA to provide expedited access to buses upon dismissal. We are also working to identify optimal routes for students to enter and exit the Urban Prep high school building. In addition, CPD has committed to provide a visible presence near the campus and neighborhood bus stops to monitor activities during dismissal times.</p><p>We will continue to monitor the situation at Urban Prep as the school year begins and make any adjustments necessary and will continue to work as closely as possible with Alderman Dowell in the weeks and months to come.</p><p><em>Dave Specter, "the Funky Hunky", from the CD Spectified, (Fret12)</em></p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-13/ald-pat-dowell-reacts-cps-changes-her-community-87758