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.READ MORE: Bears' Jimmy Graham Scored His First Touchdown For Season Against Detroit, Hopes To Get A Super Bowl Ring Before His Career Is Up
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“They have a wealth of information and knowledge,” she said.READ MORE: Eddie Jackson On 'Fire Nagy' Chants From Bears Fans: 'We Hate It, Honestly'
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.”MORE NEWS: New Fire Coach Ezra Hendrickson Hopes To Bring Team 'Back To Prominence'
The CPS faces a more than $700 million budget deficit and lagging achievement scores. Emanuel also wants to increase teachers’ workday.