Media: Good Brizard, Bad Brizard


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There's lots of coverage of Brizard's appointment in the national media, some of it better than others. This bit from the Huffington Post captures some of Brizard's duality: New Chief Offers Two Different School Leadership Models On the one hand, he's a former principal with masters' degrees in school administration and science education. On the other hand, he's a graduate of the Broad Foundation's Superintendents Academy... Chicago Mayor Appoints New Schools Chief:  This appointment means the nation's three largest school districts---New York, Los Angeles and Chicago--each have a new leader...Chicago Schools Chief Is Chosen NYT:  Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association, said Mr. Brizard promoted policies that teachers found unpalatable, like promoting charter schools while wanting to close public schools, merit pay and dismissing the views of parents and teachers...  Chicago Mayor-elect Emanuel names schools chief US News: Emanuel said he interviewed six or seven candidates for the schools job before picking Brizard, who worked for more than 20 years in the New York city schools as a teacher and administrator, including as a regional superintendent...Which story have you found most interesting or useful (or confirming of your deeply held preconceptions)?

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  • Chicago Teacher's comments were impressive and thoughtful in realtion to Mr. Brizard. I sure we will all get to know him well in the future.

    Rod Estvan

  • I, too, think Mr. Estvan's comments were directed to the poster 1ChicagoTeacher, but he didn't get the name right, and I can see the confusion.

    OTOH, the anti-CTU poster (sounds like a disgruntled UPC-er, possibly a former employee) does have somewhat of a point.

    I think it is implausible to strike over the 4% raise. Unlike last summer, I am now willing to concede it in lieu of pay for a longer school day and year.

    If, however, Rahm thinks we are going to work 21% more time (one hour per day longer is 16%; two weeks more per year is 5%) for less than a commensurate increase in pay, I am willing to strike.

    The public may not support us on the 4% raise, but I believe they will see the difference in demanding a 21% time increase without a corresponding pay increase. No one works for free.

  • Well stated.

  • My post was in relation to 1Chicago teacher's comments, sorry for my poor post. I completely understand every teacher's worries about the CTU stance via the new CEO and Mayor. I understand compeletely the CTU's President's response to the Mayor elect in relation to having things forced on the union.

    As I have said before my greatest concern for teachers and the school system is that the CPS Board will declare a fiscal emergency that indicates the terms of the current contract can not be honored and voiding the contract opening the door to a protracted struggle. I have also written that the CTU can legally work out a deal to allow CPS to borrow the 4% raise for a specific period of time along with all step and lane increases for next year. I think that would be a wise offer to make to CPS, it would put CPS of the defensive and make the union look responsible to the children of the city. A legal debt is a legal debt and defauting on such a loan made by teachers would effect the CPS credit rating.

    The hour and a half a day increase without payment is a bitter pill for many teachers. Teachers really should publicly vote on this in mass to see where members are at, I know there are some who would extend the day for free and others feel they put in many hours beyond the offical school day already.

    I have a completely different set of concerns related to the one and half hours a day either paid or not paid and that is whether CPS will formally increase the instructional week for IEP students from the current 1,500 to 1,950 MPW.

    I am concerned CPS may try not to formally extend the IEP day for individual children, but rather keep service minutes within the 1,500 framework and spread special education teachers work time for children to the longer day effectively allowing for layoffs of some additional special education teachers. We have several lawyers looking at this issue now in the event that happens.

    Rod Estvan

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