Today's big news is the Jean-Claude Brizard media tour, where he talks about his experiences and what really happened, sort of. (My latest theory: Brizard was just too tall.) Ames Elementary parents are concerned about a possible military academy there. There's also a lot of political news, and allegations against a CPS administrator from 20 years ago. Oh, and LA reporter Hillel Aron seems to have broken the news that CPS and CTU have agreed on an application for Race to the Top funding, something that several West Coast school districts and unions have been unable to do. (See previous post). BRIZARD SPEAKS
Jean-Claude Brizard tells Rick about his past with CPS and his plans for the future WBEZ: Jean-Claude Brizard recently decided to call it quits after just 17 months as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. We talk with the former CEO about his departure, the state of Chicago schools and what’s next for him.
ABC7 Chicago Exclusive: Brizard details CPS resignation | Former CEO cites chemistry with Mayor among reasons ABC7: During the seven day teacher's strike, Brizard was not at the negotiating table and he was yanked from speaking publicly after he'd been very accessible to the media. He says, all of a sudden, requests were no longer forwarded to him.
Logan Square parents: We want a voice in military school proposal Catalyst: CPS Chief of Family and Community Engagement Phil Hampton was at the Ames meeting Thursday, but was not able to answer any questions. He says there’s a meeting scheduled next Wednesday between the Ames community and an official in the Office of Portfolio, which deals with closures and school changes more directly.
Mayor Emanuel and Rep. Pelosi to Speak at UNO Annual Awards Dinner Hispanically Speaking News
In addition, while Chicago Public Schools move toward closing underutilized facilities, UNO CEO Juan Rangel will announce a $70 million school construction program to build new schools in Chicago's Hispanic communities.
Illinois unions fight continuing decline in ranks Chicago Reporter: During the past decade, Illinois lost the third highest number of union members in the country, behind Michigan and Ohio, from 1,013,000 in 2001 to 876,000 in 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Illinois’ escalating super PAC arms race IL Times: Pat Quinn signed a bill into law this year which removes all contribution caps once a super PAC crosses that $100,000 threshold.
Authorities: Award-winning CPS teacher accused of molestation Chicago Tribune: A veteran, award-winning teacher at Chicago Public Schools has been accused of molesting two people nearly four decades ago in Ohio, including one he was found guilty of abusing while a teacher there.
CPS teams up with Walgreen Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, and schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, far left, pose for pictures Tuesday with parents at Eugene Field Elementary School, 7019 N. Ashland Ave., after a news conference announcing parents at 70 CPS schools will be eligible ...
Schools helping students, parents cope with tragedy Chicago Daily Herald: Justin was a student at Scott Elementary School and Olivia was a kindergarten student at Brookdale Elementary. Bothschools enacted their plans Wednesday that included bringing in additional counselors for students, staff and parents.
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