Chicago Teachers Union Boss Finds Brizard ‘Charming’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Teachers’ Union president says she has met Jean Claude Brizard, Mayor Emanuel’s choice to head the Chicago Public School system, and describes him as “charming.”

The new seven member Chicago Public School Board takes over on Wednesday, and teachers’ union President Karen Lewis says she is hoping to continue her discussions with the outgoing board.

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“They have a wealth of information and knowledge,” she said.

Mayor Emanuel has appointed David Vitale as the new board president and Brizard as CEO.

Lewis admits challenges are ahead but after meeting with Brizard believes it’s a new beginning.

“He’s very charming,” Lewis said. “I think he has a good skill set. So, we’ll see how that works.”

The CPS faces a more than $700 million budget deficit and lagging achievement scores. Emanuel also wants to increase teachers’ workday.

  • Union Goon ex VP Ted

    they are all on the take…
    just that i can steal morwe…

  • Jim

    So that is what the devil looks like…scary!

  • Fatty McNasty

    Look at the chin on this beast!

  • Arlene Gloria Hirsch

    Karen Lewis is a educator to the core, as well as an inspiring union leader who sees and develops the best in others – including Supt. Jean-Claude Brizard. . As a lifelong student, she wants to learn all she can from the outgoing Board members.
    – Louisa Mae West

  • billyd

    That isn’t a chin. It’s a very large goiter. Poor thing.

  • Becky

    Are they gona raise the salaries and cut hours from class and get the bullies out into a special schools? We need more physics teachers to tell the children how to make cars that run on water and electric cars and those that pollute less. Scientis should be involved in schools to save the planet from the heat and the hurricanes. Please get those in the schools so the next generation will be aware of the perils of the planet.

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