Sun-Times Coverage Win?

As the news begins to sink in from City Hall's strangely timed Thursday night rollout of the Brizard departure, I'm wondering who among the city's media outlets got the story first and covered it best? Based on when items posted to my Google Reader -- an imperfect measure for many reasons including that it doesn't include Twitter or other social media -- it seems like the Sun Times got there first and got the most details.  How did you learn  about the news and -- perhaps most importantly -- who gave you the most interesting and useful information?

Here's a rundown of the stories, in order of their appearance via RSS:


Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard out by ‘mutual agreement’ Sun Times: With the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years in the rear view mirror and a new contract to be implemented, Emanuel said it’s “time for a clean break.” 8:58

Chicago Public Schools CEO Brizard exits WGN: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's choice to run the Chicago Public School system, is out after less than a year and a half. 9:37

Jean Claude Brizard out as CPS chief after 17 months Tribune: Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard is out, to be replaced permanently by the school system's chief education officer, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday. 10:09

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard out by ‘mutual agreement’ Sun Times: Brizard was Emanuel’s pick to lead CPS and push through the mayor’s aggressive education agenda. But with the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years in the rear view mirror and a new contract to be implemented, Emanuel said it’s “time for a clean break.”10:10 [expanded]

Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO Catalyst: "As the district leader, I am proud of the results we achieved in such a short time: graduation rates are up, test scores are improving, a higher percentage of freshman are on track for graduation, we achieved the lowest one-year drop-out rate in the city’s history and we have seen tremendous growth on the ACT – an important college readiness benchmark." 11:00

Brizard out as CPS chief: 'We agreed it is best' Tribune: “I have to tell you it’s a little bit of melancholy and mixed emotions because I’ve come to love the people who work in CPS,’’ Brizard said. “I love to work with kids ... that’s more important to me that keeping a job. This is stressful but at the same time It’s about the city.’’6:25 [expanded]

NB Some of the first emails I got were from folks who'd heard it on WBEZ, but I can't tell when they first aired their story or whether they were leading or following.

CPS chief Brizard to step down WBEZ: Heather Anichini, the head of the Chicago Public Education Fund which has worked closely with Byrd-Bennett, issued a statement late Thursday evening. “I am optimistic Barbara will build on the successes and talent in schools today, while pursuing a nuanced and aggressive plan for achieving the goal of world-class educational options for all of Chicago’s children,” Anichini said.

Again, an imperfect measure.


Next Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has done it all, from teacher to superintendent Sun Times: Only some four months into her role as Chicago’s “interim” Chief Education Officer, Barbara Byrd-Bennett was tapped to sit at the contract negotiating table while Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard remained in his office, receiving only second-hand reports about events that topped the news night after night. Now, Byrd-Bennett will be moving into Brizard’s office.

For teachers, new closeness is strike's silver lining WBEZ: "I didn’t expect all of this camaraderie," said first grade teacher Joanna Dobrowolski on the last day of the strike. She's taught at Galileo eight years. "I didn't’t really know what a strike was going to be because I’ve never gone on a strike. And so it was interesting to see all of us bond and come together and talk about issues."

Teaching girls to code to close the tech gender gap WBEZ: A charter school on the southwest side is teaching teens how to build their own websites and apps.


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  • I saw it last night on My buddy saw it last night on his Twitter feed (breaking news/Trib).

  • thanks -- i'm told St posted first, tribune got JCB quotes first, and BEZ got BBB on the air first.

    meantime, here's a new Huffpost story on unresolved CPS issues, published just before JCB announcement but still q relevant

  • or maybe bez got it first, around 8:30?

  • JCB is just the beginning! When are the rest of this failed team going to go? Cawley and Winckle have created mess that is CPS and are responsible for the STRIKE. Chicago Public Schools have become a sad joke. Thanks Mayor for all your appointees who are destroying the system. Employees are organizing pools in the hallways at 125 South Clark and in the schools on how long Byrd-Bennett will last. My bet based on her track record--less than a year!

  • An advocate from Ohio reports that BBB was "run out" of Cleveland.

  • There were a series of meetings on Friday at 125 to introduce her. At mine she was introduced by Vitale for 15 minutes and spoke for 3. Here's hoping that isn't a sign of things to come.

  • here's something you don't see all the time -- a correction from Associated Press admitting it used material from the Sun Times coverage of the JCB story with attribution.

  • We do have fantastic music teachers in CPS yet People Magazine (in the Sun-Times) honors a teacher at Noble Street Charter. I was curious as to his certification and guess what I was unable to locate anything but a substitute certificate-maybe ISBE is not up to date or maybe People Magazine doesn't concern itself with certification.....

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The vast majority of citizens due not differentiate public schools into "neighborhood" or "charter" buckets. They are just public schools.

    Arguably the best high school in the state, The Illinois Math and Science Academy (a public, non-charter school) does not require certification and most teachers there aren't.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    How would you know whether "the vast majority of citizens" differentiate between between charters and public schools if you're just a "CPS Parent". In my experience with neighbors and co-workers that in no way resembles the truth. There's an awful lot of spin in your comments for anyone to believe you're an innocent bystander.

  • IMSA may not require certification because it is set up like a university. Half of the teachers have PHDs. They pay into the SURS retirement system which is the state university system. I am sure you will agree that teaching highly motivated gifted students requires a different skill set than teaching remedial math. Certification is important as a minimum baseline requirement and I am sure you will agree that it is a serious issue when one cannot pass the certification tests. ISBE has now capped a five the amount of attempts one is allowed to pass the basic skills test.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I agree that certification proves a minimum threshold of competency and failure to pass proves unsuitability for the profession.

    Regarding the aforementioned music teacher, his lack of certification may only be due to him not having received certification since Noble doesn't require it although they do prefer it.

    If I were a principle and able to decide on this issue I think I would want the same - prefer but not require.

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