WBEZ | Schools on the Line http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bd of Ed Vice President Jesse Ruiz takes calls on 'Schools on the Line' http://www.wbez.org/story/bd-ed-vice-president-jesse-ruiz-takes-calls-schools-line-96807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-01/Bill Healy for WBEZ - jesse ruiz - 6-22-11web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Questions about the recent school closings and turnarounds were on the minds of callers during the March broadcast of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank"><strong><em>Schools on the Line</em></strong></a>, where Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz took questions from the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Ruiz also talked about a rumored contract proposal from the Chicago Teachers Union to pay teachers 30 percent more over the next two years. And he discussed the fatal stabbing Thursday morning of a student at a privately run alternative school the district contracts with.</p><p>To hear the entire broadcast, hosted by Dan Weissmann, click on "Listen to this Story" above.</p><p>A live chat moderated by WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton during our broadcast appears below.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8/height=700/width=600" width="600" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools on the Line-March&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bd-ed-vice-president-jesse-ruiz-takes-calls-schools-line-96807 January's Schools on the Line http://www.wbez.org/story/januarys-schools-line-95312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-05/Brizard.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>During January's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/schoolsontheline"><em>Schools on the Line</em> </a>program, Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about everything from sex education to recouping more than a million dollars the district improperly paid to retired teachers.</p><p>There were multiple questions about parental involvement. One caller asked if parents will be involved in designing a new teacher evaluation system; another caller asked if Brizard ever meets with parents who are having problems with their child's principal.</p><p>Callers also questioned Brizard about a longer school day. One parent worried that a longer school day would limit his child's tutoring time. A teacher expressed concerns about keeping students in school for more time without air conditioning.</p><p>Listen or download the show by clicking above the photo. Check out the live chat below that took place during the radio broadcast. It was hosted by <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst </em></a>magazine deputy editor Sarah Karp.</p><p>WBEZ's next live education call-in show with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will be Thursday, February 2, 2012.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no" src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=1384eb17d9/height=700/width=600" width="600">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=1384eb17d9&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=1384eb17d9&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools on the Line - January 2012&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/januarys-schools-line-95312 Parents, teachers, students press Brizard on school closings http://www.wbez.org/story/decembers-schools-line-you-set-agenda-94335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/brizard_111201_dulce mora.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>During December's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank"><em>Schools on the Line</em></a> program, Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about the proposed turnarounds and school closings the district announced this week. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis chimed in too; she said the district should be collaborating with teachers and families to find solutions for troubled schools, rather than imposing them. She also pressed Brizard on why the district cannot invest extra resources in struggling schools without firing all staff.</p><p>There were questions from parents about school start times that seem good for bus schedules but bad for kids. Students had questions (again!) about bad lunchroom food. One student asked why there's no gym at his school; another asked why students aren't given bus passes to get to class.</p><p>Listen or download the show by clicking above the photo. Check out the live chat below that took place during the radio broadcast. It was hosted by <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst </em></a>magazine deputy editor Sarah Karp.</p><p>WBEZ's next live education call-in show with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will be Thursday, January 5, 2012.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de/height=700/width=600" width="600" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools on the Line&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/decembers-schools-line-you-set-agenda-94335 November's 'Schools on the Line': Selective enrollment and magnet schools http://www.wbez.org/story/novembers-schools-line-selective-enrollment-and-magnet-schools-93582 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/sol november.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Chicago Public Schools are the cream of the crop—among the best in the state. But getting into those schools can be harder than getting into college.</p><p>On the November edition of&nbsp;<em>Schools on the Line</em>, we posed the question: How well is Chicago’s system for selective enrollment and magnet schools working—and do these schools come at a cost to others?</p><p>Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took questions that touched on equity and fairness across the system. Listeners brought up&nbsp; "brain drain" from neighbohood schools. They had issues with the tier system and with Chicago Public Schools' lack of a consistent grading policy.</p><p>Brizard was joined by Katie Ellis, the district's director of student assignment.</p><p>Listen to the entire show by clicking on the "Listen to this Story" button above the photo.</p><p>WBEZ's next <em>Schools on the Line </em>will take place Thursday, December 1.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 18:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/novembers-schools-line-selective-enrollment-and-magnet-schools-93582 Kids across the city pepper CPS CEO Brizard with questions http://www.wbez.org/story/kids-talk-boss-92216 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-07/P1030269.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-20/SUBBED ITEM.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 230px;" title="(WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><p>Kids from across Chicago had the chance to speak directly with Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, during a special edition of WBEZ's monthly call-in program <em>Schools on the Line</em> thursday night.</p><p>The students questions touched on a broad range of topics, including plans for a longer school day, overcrowding, bilingual education, and uncooked pizza in the lunchroom.&nbsp;</p><p>Concerns also included school safety, classroom behavior standards, and outreach and training for teachers and administrators on LGBT issues. <strong>You can listen to the entire show by clicking "Listen to this Story" above, or scroll down to hear specific questions.</strong></p><p>Students from several Chicago Public School classrooms prepared questions for Mr. Brizard as part of their coursework, including Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Pilsen, Edgar Allen Poe Classical School in Pullman, and Curie Metro High School on the Southwest side.<br> &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagopublicradio/sets/72157627826757180/show/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-05/P1030269.JPG" style="width: 620px; height: 263px;" title="Questions from Marilou Reynolds’s 6th grade class at Irma Ruiz Elementary School in Pilsen. "></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In addition, nearly a hundred students participated in listening parties at eight different locations across the city, organized by such groups as Little Black Pearl and Mikva Challenge.</p><p>Callers ranged in age from 8 to 18 - and those who didn't get a chance to ask questions on-air are encourged to post them in the comment section below.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard appeared as part of WBEZ's monthly every month in a live call-in program, <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank">Schools on the Line</a></em>. It airs the first Thursday of each month.<br> <br> <strong> </strong>The next program is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm.</p><p>To participate:</p><p>-Join the live broadcast at 7p.m. Thursday, November 3, by calling 312-923-9239<br> -Leave a question or comment for Mr. Brizard ahead of time by calling 312-948-4886.</p><p>Following are audio excerpts from the all-youth show.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On what Jean-Claude Brizard was like as a kid: </strong></span></p><p>“I wanted to be a doctor because my parents wanted me to be a doctor.”</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/brizard-kid111006.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-117815" player="null">brizard as kid111006.mp3</span></p><p>Steve Edwards: What were you like as a kid?<br> Brizard: I was a nerd—total, complete nerd. For those of you nerds out there, nerds rule the world, just remember that. I was the kind of kid most parents didn’t worry about. I didn’t go out late until I was 22 years old.</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">On whether</span><strong> high-performing schools can keep a shorter school day:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/shorter-day-excellent-schools111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “We want to make sure that, as you go on to college,&nbsp; that you’re prepared for competition from&nbsp; kids coming to you from India, from China, from different countries—and from across the country.”</p><p>Brizard on what the longer school day will include: “We want it to grow organically at schools….We’re not looking to dictate….”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">On CTA fares and schedule problems making kids late to school:</span></strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/cps-and-cta-111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>"I'll talk to the CTA head and make sure we talk about the number of buses available."<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>What can CPS do to address Latinos dropping out of school:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/latino-dropout-rate-111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>"The dropout process is not an event, it’s a process. When you look at a child’s disengagement from high school, it starts early, as early as fifth or sixth grade at times."<br> <br> <br> <strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">On expanding restorative justice programs:</span></strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/restorative-justic-111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On school overcrowding and potential school closures:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/overcrowding-111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>”You can follow quality by following the masses—wherever people go. So we’re building right now a plan to look at how we’re going to add more seats in some parts of the city where we know there’s great demand…. At the same time in some parts of the city we’ll need to consolidate because schools are severely underenrolled.”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On violence: </strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/07-violence111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Why can't students learn more subjects in school? </strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/08-more-subjects111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On training principals and administrative staff on sexual orientation and gender identity issues:</strong></span><br> <br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/09-sex-orientation111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> <br> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On heating and cooling problems in school:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/10-heating-cooling111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “Our president is trying to get a bill passed in Washington that would bring about $600 million in facilities repairs to Chicago….If we can get that passed and this money would come to Chicago it would help a lot in retrofitting buildings with air conditioning and making sure that we have an environment conducive to learning.”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On bilingual education and when students learn English:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/11-bilingual-ed111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “I was a bilingual student—I was one of those kids in school who didn’t speak English….I came here when I was about 11½, 12.&nbsp; And I was in a bilingual program until I was about 15 years of age.”</p><p>Brizard: The Harvard School of Education as well as experts from Illinois and Arizona are reviewing CPS’ bilingual program and will issue recommendations. “Stay tuned: lots more to come on that.”&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">On what an ideal teacher is: </span></strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/12-ideal-teacher111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “Highly skilled, loves subject and loves children. And someone who really understands how to teach young people—not just subjects, but young people. “</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Why does where we live affect our chances of getting into selective enrollment schools?</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/13-tiers111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> Steve Edwards: Do you think we’ll see more selective enrollment schools during your tenure?<br> Brizard: We need better neighborhood schools….Our primary focus is going to be on creating great neighborhood schools.</p><p><br> <span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>On uncooked pizza:</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/14-pizza111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> Student: The pizza is never cooked!<br> Brizard: “I can’t tell about your specific pizza…. I’ll visit and I’ll talk to the folks in the kitchen.”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Do you want a longer day for high schools too?</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/15-longer-day-hs111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “The answer is yes in a very short answer, but it may not look the same in elementary and high schools….This&nbsp; longer school day really is a regular school day. What we’ve had in Chicago is a short school day. Let’s be real. Let’s be clear about that.”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>Are selective enrollment schools better than neighborhood schools? </strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/16-nabe-or-se111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>What happens to teachers who are unfair to their students? </strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/17-unfair-teachers.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> &nbsp;</p><p><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Why aren't LGBTQ people included in our history books or classes?</span></strong></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/18-lgbtq-111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <br> “Very often people will focus on the textbook as being the curriculum. I’m one who pushes that the textbook is one part of the material…. It’s not just the textbook but the instructional materials, how [teachers]&nbsp; bring that into the fray, how they bring that into the classroom, to make sure that we talk about the contributions of everyone—to this wonderful mosaic we call the American culture.”<br> &nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>What is the best way to help students learn and understand material?</strong></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483724-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-october/2011-10-07/19-how-learn111006.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 10:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/kids-talk-boss-92216 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 Chicago schools chief talks with WBEZ callers http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-schools-chief-talks-wbez-callers-90282 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-08/P1030506.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It’s back to school time in Chicago, and for most families that means new teachers, and new classes. But this year, it also means the beginning of a new era in school leadership.</p><p>As Mayor Emanuel’s education team embarks on its first full school year, the challenges they face are many.&nbsp; How we tackle those and many other issues will shape the future of Chicago’s youth – and the city as a whole – for years to come.</p><p>To explore these challenges, WBEZ launched a new monthly call-in program, <em>Schools on the Line</em>, with the head of the Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard.&nbsp; Click on the play button below to hear the entire audio from our first episode.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483590-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-08/schoolsontheline110808.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Hereafter, be sure to join us on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm.&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.&nbsp;</p><p>Excerpts and highlights from our first broadcast are provided below:</p><h4><strong>Brizard responding to question on longer school days</strong></h4><blockquote><p><em><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">"Bottom line is that when you look at the school day in Chicago compared to New York, or Houston or Boston, we have the shortest school day, school year of the big systems in the country."&nbsp;</span></span></em></p><em>—Jean-Claude Brizard</em></blockquote><h4><strong>Brizard on class size</strong></h4><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">"We have kept class size constant despite the massive shortfall in the budget that we've experienced for this school year."</span></span><br> <em>—Jean-Claude Brizard</em></p></blockquote><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483590-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-09/brizard-class-size.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><h4><strong>Brizard on student exhibitions</strong></h4><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">"We're looking at multiple factors to raise schools. In a mockup for a school progress report. You see us talking about that. We're working with a consortium at the University of Chicago to push these other essentials beyond test scores."</span></span><br> <em>—Jean-Claude Brizard</em></p></blockquote><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483590-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-09/brizard-student-exhibitions.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><h4><strong>Brizard on getting parents involved</strong></h4><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">"You're going to see the announcement of [a cabinet-level position for family engagement] come on board... to create the kinds of entry points for parents that we know we need to do. &nbsp;To give them real access to our schools."</span></span><br> <em>—Jean-Claude Brizard</em></p></blockquote><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483590-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-09/brizard-how-get-parents-involved.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><h4><strong>Brizard on accountability for performance</strong></h4><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">There are seven pages of accountabilities in my contract for this job. &nbsp;We've done the same for my direct reports and we're doing the same for principals and the school chiefs.</span></span><br> <em>—Jean-Claude Brizard</em></p></blockquote><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483590-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-09/brizard-accountability.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></p> Tue, 09 Aug 2011 01:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-schools-chief-talks-wbez-callers-90282 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