WBEZ | Jean-Claude Brizard http://www.wbez.org/tags/jean-claude-brizard Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' 181: Found out http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/afternoon-shift-181-found-out-103627 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/JCB photo JK.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-181-found-out.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-181-found-out" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift 181: Found out " on Storify</a>]<h1>Afternoon Shift 181: Found out </h1><h2>We do some digging and learn what's going on in two swing states: Wisconsin and Colorado. We'll also have an extended conversation with former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. Then we talk to Davy Rothbart of &quot;Found&quot; magazine.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Thu, Nov 01 2012 14:24:34</p><div>City cyclists by WBEZRick Kogan talks about the growing popularity of bicycling through the winter.</div><div>With just a few days to go before the election, President Obama and Governor Romney are zeroing in on a few key swing states--we are too. We’ll learn more about the voters, issues and pitches being made in Colorado and Wisconsin. Denver-based radio host and nationally-syndicated columnist David Sirota helps us survey the Rockies and Dee Hall of the&nbsp;<i>Wisconsin State Journal</i>&nbsp;takes us across state lines to look at Wisconsin.</div><div>Check in with swing-states Wisconsin and Colorado by WBEZDenver-based radio host and nationally-syndicated columnist David Sirota helps us survey the Rockies and Dee Hall of the Wisconsin State ...</div><div>Wisconsin State CapitolPhil Roeder</div><div>Jean-Claude Brizard recently decided to call it quits after just 17 months as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. &nbsp;We talk with the former CEO about his departure, the state of Chicago schools and what’s next for him.</div><div>Jean-Claude Brizard tells Rick about his past with CPS and his plans for the future by WBEZJean-Claude Brizard recently decided to call it quits after just 17 months as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. We talk with the former CEO ...</div><div>Tune in now to hear former #CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard's exit interview with Rick Kogan. #AfternoonShift http://pic.twitter.com/u340xCiSWBEZ</div><div>Brian Babylon of Vocalo and blogger/educator/activist Veronica Arreola opine about some of today’s big news stories.</div><div>Our 3@3 panel takes on today's headlines, Brian Babylon and Veronica Arreola join Rick Kogan by WBEZWhat Hurricane Sandy taught us about the internet; CPS school closings; and where did we feel safest on Halloween</div><div>buckle up: School closings aheadBy Dec. 1, Chicago Public Schools officials must deliver to state lawmakers a list of schools slated to close at the end of this school y...</div><div>How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet? [VIDEO]Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm's rain and wind...</div><div>We hear the latest from the Front &amp; Center series:&nbsp;America’s Industrial prowess and the rise of organized labor helped assure that prosperity was shared with workers, even the unskilled.&nbsp;But things have changed drastically, in the American economy and especially in Detroit. And the path to a good life through working-class means is far less clear than it used to be. Today, we’ll here the story of a young woman who nonetheless is forging a path for herself despite these changes to the economy.</div><div>Training program gives woman boost in post-industrial DetroitVocational training programs look to mend faulty employment pipeline by developing and matching workers&rsquo; skills with what employers...</div><div>We continue the theme with a conversation about economic inequality and what it means for the American dream.&nbsp; Our guest is Lawrence Mishel,&nbsp;president of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.</div><div>Front and Center conversation on the State of Working America by WBEZWe continue the Front &amp; Center series with a conversation about economic inequality and what it means for the American dream. Our guest i...</div><div>State of Working AmericaThe State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data ...</div><div>Davy Rothbart started&nbsp;<i>Found</i>&nbsp;magazine 10 years ago. The magazine collects-you guessed it-found items left behind: angry notes, love letters, words of encouragement or despair.&nbsp;<i>Found&nbsp;</i>celebrates its anniversary with a party Friday, Nov.2, with a party at Old Town School of Folk Music. The event is also the release of Rothbart’s collection of personal essays,<i>My Heart is an Idiot</i>.&nbsp;</div><div>Found Magazine turns 10 by WBEZDavy Rothbart started Found magazine 10 years ago. The magazine collects-you guessed it-found items left behind: angry notes, love letter...</div><div>Latranchedevie</div><div>Foundmagazine</div></noscript></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/afternoon-shift-181-found-out-103627 Chicago Public Schools gets contract with SEIU http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-public-schools-gets-contract-seiu-99770 <p><p>Chicago Public Schools has reached a tentative contract agreement with its second largest union.</p><p>The school system announced early Monday that it&#39;s negotiated a three-year contract with the Service Employees International Union Local 73. That union represents about 5,500 CPS employees, including custodians, special education classroom assistants, school bus aides and security workers.</p><p>Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says he&#39;s grateful to the union&#39;s negotiators and members for their work during the talks.</p><p>SEIU Local 73 President Christine Boardman says the union will recommend the contract to its membership for a ratification vote. Boardman says the contract contains job security provisions that the union considered a top concern.</p><p>Negotiations continue between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union.</p></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-public-schools-gets-contract-seiu-99770 Brizard talks longer day, selective enrollment, and heavier topics with kids http://www.wbez.org/story/young-people-talk-man-who-runs-chicago-public-schools-april-5-97660 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-27/P1120040.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took questions from students Thursday night on a special kids-only edition of WBEZ’s monthly call-in show <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line"><strong><em>Schools on the Line</em></strong></a>.</p><p>Elementary and high school students from across the city asked about the longer school day and the impact it would have on homework, after-school activities and stress. Brizard said many activities currently taking place after school will be scheduled during the 7.5 hour school day officials have planned for fall. He said Chicago should scrap its homework policy and leave the decision of how much homework to give up to individual teachers and schools. And he revealed he prefers pilates to yoga.</p><p>The schools CEO said for the first time that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/education/brizard-chicago-will-open-more-selective-enrollment-high-schools-97981"><strong>the city will add additional selective enrollment high schools</strong></a>. He told students from YouMedia and Jones College Prep that he was responding to demand from parents.</p><p>Brizard took a call from a tiny-voiced sixth grader who questioned the city’s tier-based admissions system. The policy reserves some seats for students from low-income neighborhoods.</p><p>“Even with a high qualifying score I was rejected” from a spot at Lane Tech’s Academic Center, the girl told Brizard. “And I feel it’s because I live in Tier 4….I feel unfairly treated.” Brizard reiterated one of his mantras: that the school district must create more high-quality options for students. “It pains me, honestly, to listen and to not be able to say, ‘You know? This is where you want to go? You’re gonna get a seat in that particular school,’” Brizard told her.</p><p>There were also heavier questions: one girl asked Brizard what he could do to help parents addicted to drugs. Martin, a student from the Little Village neighborhood, asked Brizard about disparities between schools near his home and north side selective enrollment schools "that have more classes and more extracurricular activities than we do.</p><p>“The way I see it, they give more funding to jails—because they have a jail in my community—instead of my schools,” Martin went on.” I feel like I’m not given the same opportunities and I’m not given the chance to succeed like they are. So I just want to know why is that possible? Why are they doing that?”</p><p>Brizard said the district is working to create good options in every neighborhood, and is thinking strategically about the location of new programs.</p><p>To hear the entire show, click on the audio above.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65/height=700/width=600" width="600px" frameborder="0" height="700px" scrolling="no">&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;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65&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;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65&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;gt;Schools On The Line--April 2012&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;gt;</iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/young-people-talk-man-who-runs-chicago-public-schools-april-5-97660 Board votes unanimously to close, restaff schools http://www.wbez.org/story/school-closure-fight-continues-board-ed-96635 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-22/IMG_1873.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-23/jackson and lewis_lutton.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Rev. Jesse Jackson (left) attended Wednesday's board meeting with teachers union head Karen Lewis (right). (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to Linda Lutton discussing Wednesday's meeting on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332738958-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-february/2012-02-23/848-120223-seg.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p>Chicago’s school board voted unanimously late Wednesday to close seven schools and completely re-staff 10 others. The vote comes after months of protests from parents, teachers and activists and a spate of final pleas to board members to save the schools.</p><p>People began lining up at CPS headquarters 4 a.m. for a chance to address board members, and the school district stopped allowing the public in at one point, saying board chambers and an overflow room were at capacity.</p><p>Nearly eight hours after the meeting began, board members cast their votes and were immediately boo'd, protesters shouting, "Shame on you!" Votes were not taken on each school individually; instead, board members voted on closing 7 schools, then on dismissing all staff at 10 schools; then on handing 6 of the 10 schools to an outside nonprofit to run.</p><p>Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis called the vote a "travesty," with no board member dissenting on even one school.</p><p>Earlier in the day, Lewis kicked off three hours of public testimony before the board, warning that Chicago is at the "epicenter of the education justice fight in America." She said the nation is watching.</p><p>"Children who need the most resources get the least. Parents who cry out the loudest have their voices drowned. Schools that deserve the most support purposely get little," she told them.</p><p>Lewis said closing schools and turning them over to nonprofits to manage is part of a broader political agenda to destroy public schools. Lewis was joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who blasted inequities in the school system and a lack of resources.</p><p>"This is Little Rock, 1957," Jackson told the board. "This is apartheid."</p><p>A string of speakers criticized CPS for disregarding community concerns and failing to . Several predicted spikes in violence as students make their way to new schools across gang lines. "The Board of Education needs to work and help pay for some of these funerals that the families will have to go through, said Rev. Paul Jakes.</p><p>School district CEO Jean-Claude Brizard characterized the school closings process is the most respectful he's ever seen.</p><p>Brizard also said the district has listened to community concerns. He said he’s charged with carrying the voices of nearly a half million students, and sometimes difficult decisions must be made on their behalf. He said students are suffering, with many in the "academic emergency room."</p><p>Chicago Public Schools says 7,500 students will get a better education next year thanks to the board's vote.</p><p>Two board members spoke after the meeting about their decisions. Board member Mahalia Hines said she considered information from the district, then went to the schools and community herself before voting. "While the decision I made was a tough one—you probably can hear it in my voice—it was an informed one," she said.</p><p>Vice president Jesse Ruiz said he saw the vote as "an opportunity today to do something for those children."</p><p>"There’s been a record of these schools not performing and not serving our students as well as they should for years," said Ruiz. "And that’s unfortunate. It’s also unfortunate there are more schools like them. The worst thing I felt bad about today is that we couldn’t do this for more kids."</p><p>Local school council members at the affected schools have filed a lawsuit to keep the closings from going through. A bill that would place a moratorium on school closings is currently in the Illinios General Assembly. Asked if there might be more sit-ins or "occupied" schools in the future, community organizer Jitu Brown said, "Stay tuned."</p></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/school-closure-fight-continues-board-ed-96635 CPS head wants Illinois to end No Child Left Behind http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-head-wants-illinois-end-no-child-left-behind-96297 <p><p>The head of Chicago Public Schools is hoping Illinois can also get a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. On Thursday President Barack Obama freed 10 states from this education law, including Indiana.</p><p>CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said the law is too rigid.</p><p>"Anything that will remove the constraints and the beaurocratic approaches of the federal government around funding I welcome," Brizard said.</p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education will be submitting their waiver this month. If granted the exemption, the state will look at new ways to measure school accountability and student progress.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cps-head-wants-illinois-end-no-child-left-behind-96297 Fight looms over longer school day in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-04/fight-looms-over-longer-school-day-chicago-91543 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/enseignement_01.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>AUDIE CORNISH, host: The new school year starts this week in Chicago. And in a couple of schools, the day will be 90 minutes longer than last year. The new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and his team of school leaders complain that Chicago's public schools have among the shortest school days in the country. But last week, the teacher's union rejected a proposed longer day. It was accompanied by a negligible increase in pay. Now, the Emanuel administration will have to fight this battle one school at a time. From Chicago, NPR's David Schaper reports.</p><p>DAVID SCHAPER: I'm standing outside of Melody Elementary School on Chicago's west side - a school that serves mostly low income, African-American students. It's a little after 2:45 in the afternoon. The school bell just rang. That would normally signify the end of the school day after just five hours and 45 minutes. That's not nearly enough instructional time according to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He's been pushing schools like this one to lengthen their school day by 90 minutes. And the teachers here at Melody just voted to waive a provision of their union contract to do just that.</p><p>JOHN BARNES: If it's going to benefit the kids, you know, fine.</p><p>SCHAPER: John Barnes lives a few doors down from Melody School and sends his grandkids there. None of the school's teachers nor the principal would talk about the decision, but Barnes says he'll be happy to see students go to school earlier and stay later.</p><p>BARNES: They get enough play time. They need more learning time.</p><p>SCHAPER: New Chicago Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard couldn't agree more. The former Rochester and New York City administrator and teacher says when compared to the national average, school children in Chicago spend 10,000 fewer minutes in the classroom each year, and he says it's not just because of a shorter day.</p><p>JEAN CLAUDE BRIZARD: Well, you have a school year that's 10 days shorter than the minimum requirement in New York State, where I worked for 25 years. So, it puts Chicago at a disadvantage.</p><p>SCHAPER: After rescinding a 4 percent pay raise due to teachers this summer to help erase a $700 million budget deficit, late last month Brizard suddenly said the city could afford a 2 percent raise for teachers if they'd agree to work a 90-minute longer day. The Chicago Teachers Union said no way.</p><p>KAREN LEWIS: Teachers want to be appropriately compensated, because our school day doesn't end when the clock is off.</p><p>SCHAPER: Teacher's union president Karen Lewis says lengthening classroom time also means teachers will spend more time planning lessons, grading papers, and doing other work before and after school. In addition, Lewis contends simply lengthening the school day won't necessarily result in better student achievement.</p><p>LEWIS: This is not about quantity, it's about quality - what is going on during the school day.</p><p>SCHAPER: Lewis says if all teachers are doing with the longer day is more standardized test prep, studies show students may not end up better off.</p><p>LEWIS: We want a full, rich, broad curriculum, because that's what increases student achievement.</p><p>SCHAPER: Interestingly, schools CEO Brizard uses almost the same exact words when asked what he wants schools to do with more time. But as of right now, there is no clear plan for what Chicago schools would do with the longer school day. Two of the schools that are voluntarily lengthening their school day will get $150,000 each to develop plans for the extra time. The third school, which isn't starting until January, gets $75,000. And on the issue of teacher pay, Brizard says:</p><p>BRIZARD: One premise: I really believe that teachers ought to be paid fairly, a fair wage. They're hardworking people and they deserve it. Chicago, though, has not been unfair when it comes to teachers' salaries. We have the highest starting salary of most major cities in America.</p><p>SCHAPER: Teachers in Chicago earn on average $69,000 a year. Nonetheless, the teachers in the three schools that voted for the longer day will be getting bonuses. That extra cash equals the 2 percent raise the union rejected. And that, the teachers union says, amounts to bribery. David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.</p><p>Copyright © 2011 National Public Radio®.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 04 Sep 2011 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-04/fight-looms-over-longer-school-day-chicago-91543 Chicago teachers union rejects longer day http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-teachers-union-rejects-longer-day-91070 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/school busses_Flickr_Melissa WhattheHarry.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Teachers Union is rejecting a proposal to immediately lengthen Chicago’s school day.</p><p>Chicago Public Schools wanted 90 more minutes of class for elementary schools this year,&nbsp;an idea schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard floated on TV this week. He said the district would somehow find the money to give teachers 2 percent raises — if they’d accept longer days.</p><p>Teachers union president Karen Lewis says they won’t.</p><p>"They’re asking us to do 28 percent more work for 2 percent—so doing the math, it’s not coming out," said Lewis.</p><p>Lewis acknowledged Chicago parents may be in support of more class time for their children, but she said that isn't the whole story.</p><p>"Chicago parents also believe we should be appropriately compensated," said Lewis. "We’ve done the polls too. So yes, they do want a longer day, but they’re not expecting us to work for free."</p><p>The district says Chicago kids get 166 fewer hours of instruction each year than the nationwide average. The union counters that more time doesn’t guarantee better student outcomes.</p><p>Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with pastors Thursday and encouraged them to address the issue in their sermons. He wants them to push for a longer school day and a longer school year.</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-teachers-union-rejects-longer-day-91070 Emanuel backs smaller teacher raise for longer school day http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-backs-smaller-teacher-raise-longer-school-day-91014 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/emanuel cuddy healy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a plan to give teachers a small raise in exchange for extending the school day.</p><p>Emanuel's schools chief, Jean Claude Brizard, this week said he's willing to give teachers a two percent raise, in exchange for 90 extra minutes in kindergarten through eighth grades. This follows a June decision by the Chicago Public Schools board to cancel a previously negotiated four percent raise for teachers, citing budget concerns.</p><p>On Wednesday night, the mayor described the moves as a change from how past negotiations took place.</p><p>"The elected officials said, 'I don't want a strike.' Teachers said, 'I want a pay raise.' The adults won, and the kids got left on the side of the road. And I'm not going to be a party to that anymore," Emanuel said.</p><p>Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said earlier on Wednesday that the union will consider the proposal, but chastised district leadership for first proposing it in the media. Brizard floated the idea during an appearance Tuesday on WTTW's <em>Chicago Tonight</em>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Emanuel also defended a property tax increase the school board passed Wednesday. He insisted his pledge not to hike property taxes only applies to city government, not the schools.</p><p>The mayor's comments came at a forum sponsored by WBEZ at the Chicago History Museum. He took questions for roughly 40 minutes, but refused to take any directly from the crowd.</p></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-backs-smaller-teacher-raise-longer-school-day-91014 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 Already? Charter school students head back to school http://www.wbez.org/story/already-charter-school-students-head-back-school-89946 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/thumb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Children pushed new yellow pencils into sharpeners, and a few kindergartners shed tears after their parents left them Monday, the first day of school for more than 5,000 charter school students in Chicago.</p><p>School officials used the early return to school at the charters to again call for a longer school year throughout Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard rang a ceremonial bell this morning at UNO’s Veterans Memorial Campus to launch the school year there. UNO’s school year is 20 days longer than the school year in traditional Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>“So 190 days! Hopefully very soon we’ll be able to benchmark what you are doing here at UNO,” Brizard told parents and students.</p><p>Brizard said he hopes negotiations slated to begin Monday afternoon with unions will lead to a longer school year districtwide.</p><p>“Today we’re actually having a pretty long discussion with the CTU about how to operationalize this…. We’ve made it no secret that the school year we have is way too short, the school day that we have is way too short, so we’re going to make this happen as quickly as we can.”</p><p>UNO is adding more days to its school calendar this year by converting teacher professional development days to normal class days. Administrators say teachers will be given real-time mentoring and professional development as they teach.</p><p>Parent Laura Aguilar dropped two of her children off at UNO this morning. Aguilar said they were excited to go back. “For them, four weeks of vacation—that was enough.”</p><p>By her side was her nine-year-old daughter, who attends a Chicago public school for gifted students. She still has another month off school.</p><p>“Three days a week she’s in a library program,” said her mom. “We’ll see—four more weeks.”</p><p>LEARN charter schools also began classes Monday. Their school year is 197 days, 27 days longer than district-run schools.</p><p>A <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/wbez-analysis-renaissance2010-schools" target="_blank">WBEZ analysis</a> of 2010 test scores showed longer school days and longer school years common at charter schools do not necessarily guarantee better test scores. The Chicago News Cooperative found charter schools' test score gains on the most recent round of state ISAT tests were <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/charter-schools-trail-in-state-test-results/" target="_blank">not as large</a> on average as gains made by traditional neighborhood schools.</p><p>Nearly 250 Chicago public schools on the “Track E” calendar start their new school year next Monday. Those traditional schools are trying to combat summer learning loss by beginning earlier, but there are no additional school days in their year. Instead, breaks are scattered throughout the year.</p></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 22:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/already-charter-school-students-head-back-school-89946