WBEZ | Terry Mazany http://www.wbez.org/tags/terry-mazany Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Outgoing interim CPS chief shares some parting words http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/outgoing-interim-cps-chief-shares-some-parting-words-87067 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-26/Terrymazany-reblando.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Terry Mazany wrapped up his brief time as interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools this week. He believes that the incoming team shares his focus on high standards, strong curriculums, investment in quality teaching and great principal leadership.<br> <br> When he spoke to <em>Eight Forty-Eight’s</em> Alison Cuddy, he expressed concern over the false dichotomy between charter schools and traditional schools. The present focus is on governance of schools in those models, he said, keeps the heart of their work—developing high-quality teachers and supporting them to deliver great instruction in the classroom—at arms-length.</p></p> Thu, 26 May 2011 14:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-26/outgoing-interim-cps-chief-shares-some-parting-words-87067 Interim CPS CEO Terry Mazany discusses the district's 'free fall' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Terry Mazany Flickr Knight Foundation_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/TerryMazany.aspx">Terry Mazany</a> of the Chicago Public Schools recently described the district as being in &quot;free fall&quot; after the departure of his predecessor Ron Huberman last November. The interim CEO added that he plans to break with many of the policies put in place by Huberman, such as the expansion of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Elementary_schools/Pages/Charter.aspx">charter schools</a>.</p><p>Mazany joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discuss these recent comments.</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 Rahm's homework: Find a schools chief http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/rahms-homework-find-schools-chief <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/_DSC1486.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/education-questionnaire-rahm-emanuel" target="_blank"><strong>Read Rahm Emanuel's answers to our education policy questionnaire</strong></a></p><p>Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is searching for a new CEO for Chicago Public Schools. Emanuel says he will consider current interim schools chief Terry Mazany for the job.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m gonna be looking for a CEO of our schools. Terry obviously will be on that list. But I&rsquo;ll be looking at others for a fresh start and a new beginning,&quot; Emanuel told reporters Wednesday.</p><p>Mazany has only been at the district's helm for three months but says he would consider staying on.</p><p>Emanuel campaigned on a number of education proposals that are already being tried. For one, he wants to further expand charter schools. He&rsquo;s also touted the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a nonprofit teacher training outfit that runs 19 Chicago public schools. Emanuel wants to spur innovation by making schools compete for funding.</p><p>The mayor-elect will also have the power to appoint all seven members of Chicago&rsquo;s Board of Education. Two current members have served since Daley took over the schools in 1995. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/rahms-homework-find-schools-chief Snow ends, but dig out and recovery just beginning http://www.wbez.org/story/blizzard/forecast-includes-heavy-snow-strong-winds-thunderstorms-and-extreme-cold <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Lake Shore Drive bulldozer BLIZZARD - AP Kiichiro Sato.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Updated: 3:09 PM</strong></p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says the city's public schools will be open tomorrow. But Daley says there is still a &quot;long way to go&quot; as the city digs out from the third-largest winter storm in its history.</p><p>Daley spoke Thursday morning, two days after the snow started falling in Chicago. The storm left more than 20 inches of snow at O'Hare International Airport. The mayor says &quot;while all the snow has ended, the effects of the snow will be with us for a while.&quot;</p><p>Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive was reopened early Thursday morning, after being closed down since Tuesday night due to the massive snow storm that hit the city.</p><p>Crews continued working to clear and reopen Lake Shore Drive overnight, which was closed on Tuesday evening after blizzard conditions, snowdrifts and a series of traffic accidents made the road treacherous and impassable.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley&rsquo;s chief of staff, Raymond Orozco, told reporters Thursday morning that plowing the city&rsquo;s side streets are now the top priority.</p><p>&ldquo;Most of the focus has moved to the side streets, just eight hours after the storm ended,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>The announcement comes after crews worked through the night to re-open Lake Shore Drive around 5:30 Thursday morning. Orozco said the city has in its possession 519 vehicles that were abandoned on Lake Shore Drive during the snow storm. He said a <a href="http://www.alertchicago.org">website</a> has been created for vehicle owners to search for their license plates to find out where their cars are being held. Orozco addressed concerns from the public that they couldn&rsquo;t find where the city had taken their car which had been abandoned on Lake Shore Drive.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Because the situation was fluid as we got to a relocation site that may have been full, we moved that vehicle to another relocation site. So early on the situation was fluid.&rdquo;</p><p>Hundreds of motorists were stranded on the Drive as a result of the closure, and some waited for hours to be evacuated from their cars.</p><p>Frigid temperatures and subzero wind-chills threaten to make travel and recovery efforts difficult during the next few days.&nbsp; That's according to emergency management leaders with the City of Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>During a news conference late Wednesday, city officials urged people to stay home if at all possible, as temperatures are expected to drop sharply during the next 12 hours.&nbsp; Public health officials, however, encouraged people to check on friends, family and neighbors.&nbsp; So far there have been at least four deaths attributed to the weather in the Chicago area.</p><p>Emergency officials are also urging those shoveling snow to be extra careful, especially those with heart conditions&nbsp; 40 people in the Chicago-area died of heart attacks sparked by shoveling snow during the major blizzard of 1999, according to the National Weather Service.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/blizzard/forecast-includes-heavy-snow-strong-winds-thunderstorms-and-extreme-cold Interim CPS CEO discusses future of city's schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/interim-cps-ceo-discusses-future-citys-schools <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Mazaney-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you were given six months to improve Chicago&rsquo;s public schools, what would you do? That&rsquo;s the big question facing the interim leader of Chicago Public Schools <a href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/TerryMazany.aspx" target="_blank">Terry Mazany.</a> Mazany stepped in when former CEO Ron Huberman resigned last November. But he says the move to CPS is temporary and he has no plans to leave his regular post as president of the <a href="http://www.cct.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Community Trust</a>.<br /><br />Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor will appoint a new CEO to run CPS, the nation&rsquo;s third-largest school system. So what can Mazany accomplish in the meantime?<br />To find out &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; talked to the man himself. Terry Mazany also took listeners' questions and comments.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Miles, &quot;Miniature World&quot;, from the CD Thirteen, (Salt records)</em></p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/interim-cps-ceo-discusses-future-citys-schools Terry Mazany come on down! You're the next contestant to "FIX OUR SCHOOLS!!!!" http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/terry-mazany-come-down-youre-next-contestant-fix-our-schools <p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: Terry Mazany, you are the next contestant to &quot;FIX&nbsp;THESE&nbsp;SCHOOLS!!!!&quot;&nbsp;(audience applause, soft rock plays, Mazany pumps fists).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/mazany-priceisright.jpg" style="width: 451px; height: 554px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><sup>(Photoshop wizard/Anthony Abraham) </sup></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief">Terry Mazany will take over for Ron Huberman as the interim CEO&nbsp;of the Chicago Public Schools</a>. Mazany is the head of the Chicago Community Trust, which is a foundation that gives support to non-profits (including WBEZ). The Trust spent a lot of time and resources on education initiatives, so Mazany is already ahead of his predecessor, who's only experience in education was knowing how to fire bus drivers. Mazany took a salary of $1 from the city while retaining his Chicago Community Trust job. Terry, please tell me you at least got points on the back-end for merch. Or at least rights to the script. Terry, tell me you didn't just give it all away??!!!!</p><p>I&nbsp;don't want to rub it in, but I could have got you six figures, plus your old salary, and 20%&nbsp;off on all pencils/paper purchases. But what's done is done. Good luck Terry. Did you know <a href="http://www.cct.org/about/our-staff/terry-mazany">Mazany is trained in counting rings on trees</a>? CPS&nbsp;is going to kill at the science fairs!&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>:&nbsp;Did you know that the controversial <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/four-loko-drink-remove-caffeine">energy-alcohol drink company Four Loko is based out of Chicago</a>?&nbsp;I&nbsp;wonder why it didn't make the articles and talking points about our awesome list of bourgeoning, young hot-shot companies. Will the new press release read:&nbsp;&quot;Chicago is home to great start-ups like Threadless, Group-On,Vosge chocolates, Four Loko...&quot;</p><p>Four Loko is infamous for the energy drink that has alcohol levels that equal three beers and energy levels that equal two cups of coffee. It sent a bunch of kids to the hospital and the FDA&nbsp;is going to ban it. Four Loko responded with the &quot;we are altering the ingredients to make it more safe.&quot; Bull@$#. I would go with the &quot;Hell yeah it's not safe. As a matter of fact, we're uppin it to six beers and four coffees. Why?&nbsp;Cause someone told us we couldn't. EXTREME!!!!! &quot; Then I&nbsp;would break a window with my forehead and jump out of it and wrestle some snakes.</p><p>You're welcome for that idea, Four Loko. Chicagoans have to stick together.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Rumor has it <a href="http://www.soundopinions.com">Sound Opinions</a> is going to talk about the new Kanye West record for this week's episode. I've heard a few tunes and I&nbsp;am just blown away by the musical creativity. Kanye is this generation's John&nbsp;Lennon. Discuss. That's one of the perks of working here - I&nbsp;might sneak into the control room and listen to the Kanye review...</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Now this is good weather. It's supposed to get colder tomorrow. To quote my 3 year old:&nbsp;Darnit!&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;The Bulls and Blackhawks have embarked on their crazy annual road-trips. Why do they do this? Because the circus is in town.&nbsp;Literally - they have to leave for two weeks while Barnum &amp;&nbsp;Bailey sets up at the United Center. We just take that as part of the story when talking about the dreaded &quot;west-coast road trip&quot; but someone should investigate how the circus has so much clout it can displace two professional sports franchises from their home stadium during a regular season. I'm all about one-offs and scheduling around the games, but full weeks?</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: You want to make your own ginger-bread house and candy driveway for the holidays? <a href="http://www.bakerella.com/candyland/">Try and beat this woman</a>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="333" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-17/ginger-bread.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/terry-mazany-come-down-youre-next-contestant-fix-our-schools Chico calls for cuts to CPS central office http://www.wbez.org/story/advocate/chico-calls-cuts-cps-central-office <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/chico_cropped.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>A correction has been made to this story</em></p><p>Mayoral candidate Gery Chico has vowed to slash Chicago Public Schools central office by a third if he&rsquo;s elected. Chico made his announcement while he unveiled his education platform. He said bureaucracy has gone unchecked since he left a post as president of Chicago Public Schools in 2001.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s clear to me that the Chicago Public Schools central administration has become bloated and overgrown again. We need to dismantle it and reconstruct it,&rdquo; Chico said.</p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal">Chico also announced his plan to extend the school day by two hours and the school year by 25 days. His plan includes the introduction of parent academies, as well as the creation of a new post: Parent Advocate General. Chico said such an advocate could help educate parents about their children&rsquo;s educational <a style="">options</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Chico also threw his support behind Mayor Richard Daley's recent appointment of Terry Mazany as interim schools chief for CPS. Chico said he hopes Mazany will move quickly to appoint a Chief Education Officer, a position that CPS has been without since last year when Barbara Eason-Watkins left the position.</p> <div style="">&nbsp;</div> <p><em>&nbsp;An earlier version of this story misstated the end date for Gery Chico's tenure as CPS school board president 1993</em>. <em>It was 2001.</em></p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/advocate/chico-calls-cuts-cps-central-office Daley names Mazany as interim CPS chief http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Terrymazany-reblando.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 6:30 p.m.</em></p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has picked an interim schools chief to serve until the next mayor takes over. Daley on Tuesday named Terry Mazany to the post. Mazany will be on loan to the city from his job as head of the Chicago Community Trust, a grant-making foundation. Mazany has education experience. He replaces outgoing Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman, who resigned and is leaving the job at the end of the month.</p><p>The city will pay Mazany a salary of $1. The trust will continue to pay his salary while he's on assignment at the schools. A new mayor takes over in May for Daley, who didn't run for re-election.</p><p>Mazany's arrival comes as the district prepares to plug a $720 million deficit, and public education groups are already cozying up to the man who could hit them with budget cuts. <br /><br />Andrew Broy is the president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. He wants Mazany&nbsp; to restore about $10 million to charter schools. <br /><br />&quot;We think that level funding is not only appropriate, but it's the only fair thing to do given the current budget situation,&quot;&nbsp;Broy said.<br /><br />Jackson Potter, who is the chief of staff of the Chicago Teachers Union, understands Mazany has a mandate from Mayor Daley to support charter schools, but he says that's not a deal breaker. <br /><br />&quot;He's done a lot of good things for the public schools,&quot;&nbsp;Potter said. &quot;We don't think that he's a zealot on this question, and we'll sit down and have a rational conversation about how to proceed.&quot;<br /><br />But education groups will have to do another round of cozying up. Mazany only expects to lead CPS on a temporary basis.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief