Brizard Goes To Church

Happy Monday.  Today's education news focuses mostly on Jean-Claude Brizard's Sunday sermon about the district's closing/ turnaround initiative, plus some coverage and commentary about the looming longer day (LLD) and turnarounds. Anyone see video or audio of the Brizard speech?  Did Duncan or Huberman or Vallas ever give a Sunday sermon like this?

Brizard: No ‘educational apartheid’ at Chicago Public Schools Sun Times: “Ninety percent of our kids are black and brown,” Brizard said after his speech at the Apostolic Church of God. “Ninety percent of our resources go to children who are black and brown. How can that be ‘educational apartheid?’ ”

CPS chief makes his case at South Side church Tribune:  After a tumultuous week, Chicago Public Schools chiefJean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit at a storied South Side church on Sunday to defend the controversial decision to close or turn around struggling schools.

Brizard Rejects 'Apartheid' Claim Fox:  Sunday ended with a Black History Month celebration, but it started with hard-hitting words from Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, who took to the pulpit to respond to Reverend Jesse Jackson's threats to file federal complaints against CPS.

PUSH considers making a federal case out of CPS school closings Sun Times:  Comments by CPS Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley that CPS will not put construction dollars into schools that appear headed for closure in five or 10 years “just makes the case’’ of how unfairly CPS resources are divided. PUSH’s Janette Wilson said.

Closed schools mean more students for turnarounds Catalyst: Increasingly, students from closed schools are being funneled to turnarounds, most of which are being run by AUSL.

CTU Pres. Says Mayor Gave Up on Kids Fox:  The escalating rhetoric from the Chicago Teachers Union boiled over Saturday morning when CTU President Karen Lewis accused Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of giving up on children.

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 2/24 WTTW: Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines. [Incl. Catalyst's Lorraine Forte]


Jones College Prep Readies for Longer School Day Chicago Talks:  Joseph Powers, principal of Jones College Prep in the South Loop, said he favors extending school hours. He said that students’ performances will be better if they are in school longer.

One-size-fits-all CPS plan won’t work Sun Times (Letter to the editor):  Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing hard for a 7œ-hour elementary and high school day that would be the longest in the nation. He and his appointed board want this for all 405,000 students in 675 Chicago Public Schools, and they have no funding dedicated for it.


Ex-Antioch High School teacher pleads guilty in grade-tampering case Sun Times: Sara Glashagel, the former Antioch High School teacher accused of changing student grades, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor computer tampering.

Des Plaines High School Regulates Footloose Dancing Chicago Magazine:  Maine West to crack down on inappropriate dancing, from grinding to "bending over." They'll track dirty dancing with wristbands, immortal signal of permission to do things.

Debate skills help students prepare for Common Core Catalyst (Les Lynn and Edie Canter):  Nearly 1,500 students—most of them low-income students of color—are debating this year through the League.



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  • are not those guys down on 63rd street part of the el rukins still? brizard does not even vett who he associates with.

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    always have to remember to study our history. and put the facts together!

  • This circle includes an eclectic mix of business and clergy fit for a mayor who owes his election to black voters. And it needs to be a broad group, since Emanuel has a shortage of African-Americans in top jobs. The religious leaders include former transition team co-chair Byron Brazier, pastor of the Apostolic Church of God, whom Emanuel says he talks to “at least three times-a-month” and Pastor Charles Jenkins, who delivered a prayer at Emanuel’s Millennium Park inauguration.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Headache 299
    Sounds like the beginnings of a new set of paid protesters

  • What percentage of black people voted for Rahm? Also what percentage of his total votes were from the black community?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Dear, district299reader, I did not vote for Rahm Emanuel.

  • Qualify the question. Percentage of blacks who voted? Percentage of registered black voters? Percentage of voting-aged/eligible black voters? Compared to other ethic groups? These would be interesting numbers.

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    394. Confused | February 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Just wondering if anyone else had this experience?

    Last Monday was a school holiday. I got a call from a CPS number and a man asked about my child’s application to the Chicago Technology Academy, a charter h.s. But we hadn’t applied there and I told him we are not interested.

    I asked how the caller had gotten our number and where he worked.

    He said he worked in Human Resources at CPS. I said I thought you would be involved in benefits and employment policies, not recruiting for a charter h.s. Then he said he had a full-time and a part-time job with CPS. I asked him to explain that, but he had gotten tired of the questions by then and hung up.

    Then we got a call this Saturday saying my child had been accepted at the charter school.

    Don’t charters have to run lotteries?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I would really like to know if this happens often. Anyone else have stories to share?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Im a teacher from Pickard School. This morning we had a meeting to look at scantron results. At the end of the meeting, he mentioned that our current Literacy Coach (who does nothing at all but walk around with her cup of coffee and threaten and interrupt teachers) was going to retire at the end of the school year. He also let us know that the person who was going to be taking over that position would be a male teacher. I believe that this is more than enough proof that this bastard of a principal is a woman hater who believes that women have no power. I admire Marlene Chavez for stepping up to the plate and taking that big swing for all the things that he has done to all of us. I don't think that any teacher is exempt from any insult, offense or abuse from this man. He needs to get fired. With the community we work in, I think that we deserve a true leader, not an abusive dictator like him.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    How is that "proof" of anything? I've met your principal and yes, he's a handful, but how is hiring a man proof that he's a woman-hater? Maybe the man he has in mind is the best person for the job.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Headache 299
    Of course they recruit…and, they have been doing it since the beginning; it’s pretty easy for emergency information and alpha lists of ISAT results to be passed around as well…if you actually think that your personal information is secure, or your child’s test scores are really confidential, you have to be delusional…this information is not as tight as CPS pretends, and it never will be; not as long as money and marketing are involved…so don’t let any ‘tightened security’ talks convince you – hate to tell you, but keeping public schools ‘public’ is the best safeguard against your kids’ personal information from being sold… It’s also easy to get copies of ISATs if you know certain people… though most teachers don’t cheat for fear of getting caught and/or because they actually want to measure what they believe might be their true instructional impact. Emotional intelligence tests are not far down the road, either. So get ready to have your kids’ psychological stability measures available to anyone with money or clout as well.

  • That's interesting. I remember a few years ago I received a call from someone at CPS saying that my daughter had been accepted at that all-girls charter high school that Oprah once championed. Think it is called Young Women's something or other. Anyway, I asked them where they had gotten her name. The caller, a woman supposedly from this high school, said from CPS files. When I stated that we had not completed an application at the school nor were we interested in doing so, she became a little flustered. When I continued to ask how they had gotten our phone number, etc, and also noted that they were calling me at work, the woman apologized and hung up. I phoned the school, asking to speak to the principal about the incident, but after numerous calls and no calls back, i gave up.

    Don't tell me they don't do recruiting.

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