Brackett Vs Brizard

Elizabeth Bracket interviewed Jean-Claude Brizard on WTTW Tuesday night, pressing him on details of the contract negotiations and an outside aid CTU VP Jesse Sharkey called "odious."  Take a look and let us know how you think they did -- Brizard in his responses, and Brackett in her questioning.

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  • Bracket: There hasn't been a strike in over 20 years. How have you or the mayor so alienated teachers that they make actually get the 75% strike vote?
    Brizard: I don't think I've done that.
    Hahahahaha! This clown is completely out of touch! He just ran from almost every question. Big props to Brackett for putting the heat on him, especially about the deform groups. What a lame answer- free speech! The dum-dums at 125 better do a better job if prepping this goof.

  • Brizard spends 11:20 somehow managing to keep a straight face telling Chicago that he has spoken with 11,000 teachers???? That he wants us to do our best? That he supports us? That he has been saying all along that teachers deserve a raise?

    Brackett fortunately has two eyes and has noticed that teachers have never been as angry or felt as disrespected as they do right now, so she keeps pressing.

    Brackett: Looking back over the last year, what would you do differently?
    Brizard: Not sure I would have done anything differently....

    I'm amazed that I didn't smash my screen after watching his nonsense for nearly 12 minutes.

    Know thine enemy right?

    Is this all they got? I expected threats, letters, direct calls, a knock at my door. I get some lame commercial that I have to hear on tv. A call telling me to check my email. A link in that email that sometimes doesn't work. The only shocker to me, the recently initiated, has been Pfleger.

    Stand Strong CTU.

    Vote YES

  • Elizabeth Bracket did a very creditable job in her interview with Mr. Birzard. Mr. Brizard stayed on message and avoided answering several questions directly or even indirectly. The question I found most interesting was effectively has SB7 in fact made the situation worse?

    Mr. Brizard simply would not answer that question and when I have raised that same question directly with members of Mr. Brizard’s leadership team they did not respond to me either. I think every one on this blog or who reads the Chicago Tribune knows that I believe the law has been destructive to the collective bargaining process so I will not repeat that again.

    But I wish that Ms. Bracket had asked about the SB7 ban on any role for the fact-finding panel in relation to what are called section 4.5 issues, which we can simply call work rules. The public has not read this law and is totally unaware of that fact. President Lewis has publicly indicated that the union has asked the CPS to open 4.5 issues as part of the process of fact finding and CPS denied that option, apparently falling back on SB7.

    I would also add this; Mr. Brizard indicated that CPS would be willing to entertain a salary increase somewhere between 2% and 29% over an undefined period of time. I would suggest if the fact-finding panel came to a conclusion that over three years CPS teachers were to get a 14% pay increase that CPS would oppose this, because there is no evidence that as the CPS is currently structured it can pay out these kinds of funds. So I think possibly Mr. Brizard over reached in his comments on this issue.

    In order to reach a deal it has to involve both money and work rules. The fact-finding panel under the current conditions can’t make that happen.

    Rod Estvan

  • " give me the parent's economic and educational levels and I will predict the test scores" - Alfie Kohn. If anyone fears a potential strike, put the fear into perspective, fear what unjust and unrealistic conditions will continue to exist without educator voice. Vote YES!

  • Brizard says, "I live in schools." He is such a liar. I have only heard that he comes to schools for press conferences and never does a real walk through or site visit. Has anybody made a FOIA request of his calendar? Can someone fact check this please? CTU, Sun Times, Tribune, Russo, Substance, anybody? We need to expose this lying, empty suit and send him on the next bus to New York.

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    In reply to turkellives:

    Good idea!

    Directly from CPS' website....

    The Freedom of Information Act (as amended by Public Act 096-0542) is an Illinois statute that provides the public with the right to access government documents and records. The premise behind FOIA is that the public has a right to know what the government is doing. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example: records containing information concerning trade secrets or personal privacy).

    Freedom of Information requests must be made in writing to:

    Cassandra Daniels
    Freedom of Information Officer
    125 South Clark Street
    7th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603

    Requests can be submitted by fax to (773)553-1701 or by e-mail to

    There is no charge for a copy of the first 50 pages of any documents requested; 15 cents per page thereafter. For color copies, abnormal size copies, or copies of documents in electronic form, an additional charge may apply. Documents also can be inspected by appointment at our central office during regular weekday business hours.

    All requests have a 5-10 business day turnaround (excluding holidays). If more time is needed to respond, the FOIA Officer will inform the requestor of the additional time needed.

    To reach the Chicago Public Schools Freedom of Information Officer can be reached at (773)553-1700.

    The Request form below may be printed and submitted to make requests for public records (optional): FOIA Request Form .

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