Brizard Says He’s Up To Daunting Task At CPS

CHICAGO (WBBM) — In a series of interviews, incoming Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says he looks forward to handling a daunting task.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Brizard is defending his record in Rochester, N.Y.

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Brizard says Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has made it clear that education is his top priority, and he must succeed as the CEO of the school system.

Brizard says he will take time to seek perspective from teachers, parents, administrator s as he crafts his plans.

He has already received a vote of no confidence from teachers’ union in Rochester, and he says he accepts some of the blame.

“One, you know, the reform was pretty aggressive. We expected some folks to fall off along the way,” Brizard said. “Second, we allowed our internal communication to not be as robust as could possibly be in terms of the work that we had to do.”

Brizard says he will not repeat that mistake in Chicago.

  • tom Sharp

    Don’t tell me, let me guess: A bunch of new, high-priced administrators and consultants (with appropriate clout) from City Hall and points East will arrive with the mandate for a new plan to redo the old plan created by the old City Hall administrators and consultants. Look out below!


    Pothead and Tom,you guys amaze me,what great insight! Do you think this new CPS honcho can do something about the fact that the high school freshmen(whatever numbers there are left by 9th. grade) will soon be able to read better than a third grade level? How long do you think it might take to teach all CPS students how to speak English,let alone read and write it? And the wheel goes round and round and round,where it stops nobody knows.


      I thought that was Richie Daley dat said dat! Or maybe it was Jesse,they all sound alike to me.


    eyes kan reed an rite

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