AM News: More Questions About Brizard's Past

image from webmedia.newseum.orgBrizard largely likable but often not liked Sun Times:  The charismatic way he pulled [the encounter] off is typical, say friends and enemies alike in this upstate New York city of 210,000… Suits question new Chicago schools CEO’s practices Tribune: Brizard was introduced April 18 as Emanuel’s choice as chief executive of Chicago’s public schools, which have more than … Emanuel’s pick to head CPS sued: Brizard could not be reached for comment Saturday, but said in an article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle about Grant’s firing that the claims in her lawsuit were “without basis” and that he’d had “concerns” about her performance… Brizard Sued in NY for Discrimination Sun Times:  Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s pick to be the next CPS chief was the subject of two federal lawsuits questioning his practices during his contentious three years as superintendent of the school district in Rochester, N.Y., according to reports… MORE NEWS BELOW

Explaining New CPS Chief’s Grad Rate Drop CNC: The low point of the comparison used by Emanuel was taken from the 2006 graduation year, two years before Brizard arrived. The district had started making gains before Brizard was hired… Rahm’s Team a Mirror of the Man CNC (David Greising):  Emanuel’s choices to head the schools, the cops, and Streets and San may have an obvious direct impact on our daily lives. But the economic team will make its mark in broader and more comprehensive ways… Spring means teaching transitions for education majors MSU State News: Jessica Henning is a special education graduate student who is student teaching inChicago Public Schools and said her first year leading a classroom was a big responsibility. “It was a bit of a whirlwind,” Henning said… Many teachers face another year of uncertainty Tribune:  By law, every district except Chicago must notify teachers 60 days before the school year’s end whether their jobs might be eliminated. Most educators typically keep their jobs, but the financial squeeze facing schools has driven down rehires… 


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  • i missed this tribune story that includes some interesting quotes from brizard's email correspondence with one of the plaintiffs,0,1717664.story

  • There are so many negative things hitting the media about Mr. Brizard that his appointment regardless of his talents and compatibility with the vision for education of the Mayor elect appears to have been an error. A big part of the responsibility for this error lies in whoever on the Mayor elect transition team was supposed to have vetted Mr. Brizard. Moreover, some of the responsibility may lie with Eli Broad and his Broad Center for the Management of School Systems.

    Mr. Broad has effectively endorsed Jean Claude Brizard and has used him as a lecturer at his Academy. Forbes back in January ran an article on Mr. Broad's contribution to Mr. Emanuel's campaign. This article can be seen at

    The contribution Mr. Broad gave to the campaign can be seen by going to:

    Regardless of what one thinks of the Mayor-elect's educational agenda this selection has been a PR disaster. It requires some strategic rethinking on the part of the Mayor-elect on the extent he wants to follow the game plan laid out for education by philanthropists like Mr. Broad.

    Rod Estvan

  • "Enrollment of 3-year-olds decreased across the country with nine states cutting enrollment by 10 percent or more. They were Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington." via NIEER

  • Just one year of classroom teaching would be one year more than Vallas, Duncan, and Huberman combined.

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