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.

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