Jean-Claude Brizard

A city of Chicago red light camera (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Approves City’s Plan To Bust Speeders With Cameras

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the City of Chicago to use cameras to catch speeders near schools and parks.

CBS Chicago–02/06/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard: Raising Dropout Age To 18 Is A ‘Wonderful Idea’

Gov. Pat Quinn says 17 is too soon to drop out of school, and he wants to raise the drop out age to 18.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2012

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Students Get 2,000 Computers, Printers From Feds

Thanks to the federal government, students at several Chicago Public Schools now have more than 2,000 computers and printers to use in their studies.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2012

Empty Classroom

Schools Offered Prizes For Best Use Of Longer Day

The Chicago Public Schools system is dangling $100,000 prizes to schools that most creatively design their longer school days.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Parents of Chicago Public Schools students protest outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Dec. 19, 2011, demanding a halt to plans to close several schools next year. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Want Mayor To Halt School Closures, Meet With Them First

Parents of Chicago Public Schools students gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Monday to demand he hold off on plans to close or overhaul several public schools and meet with them.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2011

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard: Some Schools Are Too ‘Far Gone’ To Save

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says the system has no choice but to close some schools because they “are so far gone that you cannot save them.”

CBS Chicago–12/01/2011

CPS Classroom

CPS Plans To Shutter 2 Elementary Schools, Phase Out 2 High Schools

Chicago Public Schools officials are planning to close two elementary schools next fall and phase out two high schools as part of a major overhaul of schools in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first year leading the district.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

Chicago Public Schools

10 Chicago Public Schools Targeted For ‘Turnaround’

Hundreds of pink slips might soon be on the way for principals, teachers and staff members at 10 Chicago Public Schools.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2011

Rahm Emanuel listens to parents praise the concept of turnaround schools. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM  Newsradio)

Turnarounds Proposed For 10 Chicago Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city public school officials say they want to fire the staffs of 10 underachieving schools in hopes of improving student performance.


Chicago Public Schools officials provide School Progress Reports like this one for all schools, with detailed information on how students are performing overall at each school. (Photo Courtesy: CPS)

CPS Grading Its Schools, But Parents Say Report Cards ‘Confusing’

Parents of Chicago Public School students can now go online to see how CPS grades each of its schools, but some parents say the grades are confusing, especially when some of the top graded schools have so many kids testing below national standards.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

Jean Claude Brizard (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Brizard: ‘Lousy’ Principals Must Be Replaced

The head of the Chicago Public Schools says officials will replace a substantial number of principals, in an effort to help address the problem of poor performance in the most impoverished areas of the city.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2011

Chicago Public Schools

CPS To Phase In P.E. At High Schools Again; Recess To Return For Grade Schools

As part of its plans for a longer school day at the Chicago Public Schools, physical education classes will be phased back in for all high school juniors and seniors.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2011

In addition to their children's report card, parents of Chicago Public School students will now get a school progress report showing how the child's school is doing. (Credit: CBS)

New CPS Report Cards Show Grades For Kids And Their Schools

Tuesday was report card pick-up day for some Chicago Public Schools and it could put some principals on the hot seat. Parents aren’t only getting their child’s progress report, they’re also getting a print-out on how the school itself is doing.

CBS 2–11/02/2011

Darion Jones

Brizard: ‘No Tolerance’ If Fenger Coaches Involved In Attack On Student

The head of the Chicago Public Schools promised on Tuesday that the district would have zero tolerance, after two high school coaches were suspended in connection to a violent attack against a high school student.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2011

Empty Classroom

Woodlawn Elementary Boasts Highest First-Week Attendance

A South Side elementary school has been honored for having the highest attendance in the city.

WBBM Newsradio–09/29/2011

William H Brown Elementary School (Credit: CBS)

Teachers At Brown Discuss Approval Of Longer School Day

Chicago Public School teachers were speaking out for the first time on Tuesday about the difficult decision to vote for a longer school day. So far, teachers at 12 public schools have agreed to extend the school day by 90 minutes.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2011

School day website. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Schools Launch New Website On Longer School Day

Chicago Public Schools administrators want your input on how to use the extra time that will be added to the school day starting next year.


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard discussed the future of the school system at a public forum at UIC on Sept. 13, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Brizard, Lewis Talk Longer School Day At Public Forum

While the debate over a longer school day in Chicago continued to heat up, the heads of the teachers union and the Chicago Public Schools held a spirited debate Tuesday evening on the future of the school system.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Backs Longer School Day; 4th School OKs Extra Time

As a fourth school in Chicago voted to accept a longer school day, the City Council gave its unanimous support to the push to add at least 90 minutes to the school day at Chicago Public Schools.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2011

CPS Classroom

First Day Chicago Public School Attendance Up

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says first-day attendance this past Tuesday jumped to four-year high.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2011