Jean-Claude Brizard

Fri, 09/30/2011
In 20 years of near-constant reform efforts, Chicago’s elementary school students have made few gains, high school students have advanced, and the achievement gap between poor and rich areas has widened, a major University of Chicago study found, contradicting impressions created by years of Chicago Public Schools testing data. The report examined...
Fri, 09/02/2011
Just days after ruling out a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union finds itself grappling with dissent and fighting for public support, as district leaders have begun circumventing the union in their push for a longer day this school year. After pressing the union unsuccessfully to agree to a longer day throughout the summer, Chicago Public Schools...
Wed, 08/31/2011
After weeks in which the Chicago Teachers Union seemed to be preparing to strike, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Tuesday told the Chicago News Cooperative the union will work the entire school year without a walkout. Under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel over extending the school day and year, the CTU had seemed ready...
Wed, 08/24/2011
Less than two days after negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union stalled, a new offer is on the table presenting the possibility of a teacher raise and a longer school day as early as January. Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard first offered to pay elementary school teachers 2 percent more to work an additional...
Tue, 08/23/2011
Starting next fall, Chicago Public School children will be in school 90 minutes longer each day and two additional weeks each year, district officials announced Tuesday amid a labor stalement with district teachers. On Monday, negotiations stalled between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS over teachers’ 4 percent contractual raises, which the...
Mon, 08/15/2011
Chicago Public Schools will offer merit pay to principals who perform well on a new set of evaluative metrics that may include student growth on test scores, the school climate and leadership skills, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday. The performance rewards will be paid for over the next four years by a new $5 million fund created through charitable...
Wed, 07/13/2011
On a sunny morning late last month, Noemi Donoso, Chicago Public Schools’ new chief education officer, organized a three-inch-thick binder stuffed with paperwork and district data at a table in her office. It was one of more than 20 such binders from CPS area offices Donoso has been studying since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to oversee...
Thu, 06/30/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and new leaders of Chicago Public Schools have been pushing for a longer school day and year to raise student performance. But last week’s state test results show that charter schools–which typically have more instructional time–actually have a lower percentage of students exceeding state standards. Overall, state scores on the...
Fri, 04/22/2011
When Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel introduced Jean-Claude Brizard as his choice to lead Chicago Public Schools, he pointed to an increase in the graduation rates in Rochester, N.Y. under Brizard’s watch. Contrary to Emanuel’s claim, graduation rates actually declined during Brizard’s time as head of the Rochester schools, but a school board member...
Tue, 04/19/2011
Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s pick to guide the Chicago Public Schools is a New York superintendent who raised test scores and the union’s ire in Rochester, closed under-performing schools and opened new ones–and has quite a task ahead if he is to fulfill the education agenda outlined by his new boss. “I’ve decided to have a fresh start and hit the...