Tuesday, April 19, 2011

There's an April Brizard Hitting Chicago

When news reports surfaced late last year about his wife angling for a role in the all-girls charter school, Superintendent Brizard said he was trying to keep the media off of the story until the charter application was in. Brizard's new boss, Rahm Emanuel, successfully did the same thing by keeping media questioners at bay.  -
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=8080428&rss=rss-wls-article-8080428
Chicago, Chicago - the birth of mayoral control and vicious ed deform - still not getting it right after 16 years. Vallas, Duncan, Huberman, Brizard - what a lineup.

Lots of Brizard stuff - Rahm bringing him in to stand up to Karen Lewis and CORE. What a laugh. He will however last longer than Cathie Black - but hey, isn't she from Chicago? Now that she has some ed experience why wasn't she a candidate?

Brizard is another Broad Acad grad. (Scroll down sidebar for Sharon Higgins' list of failed Broad Acads.)

Ed Notes has done some Brizard stuff in the past:
"jean-claude brizard in a letter to parents of december 12 the major problem was that tilden was “not on track” to meet the city's goal of “raising the city-wide 4-year graduation rate to 70% and the 6-year graduation rate to 80"

Nov 24, 2007
He basically pegs Brizard as a Klein flunkie. What is the real story on Brizard? He gets appointed on Thursday and then there is no turning back. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article? ...

My friend Bill Cala (who should be NY State Ed Commissioner AND Chancellor) preceded Brizard in Rochester as Superintendent. He had this to say about Brizard's claims he raised grad rates - from Substance:
Brizard’s claim has even been called into question by his predecessor, former Interim Superintendent of the Rochester schools, Dr. William Cala.
Here’s what Dr. Cala had to say about the graduation rates, in a series of e-mails with Brizard which were obtained by a Rochester reporter using the Freedom of Information Act: "Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. Brizard had nothing to do with a 12 point graduation increase. Here are the facts. In 2007 the graduation results were announced by SED for 2006 graduates at 39%. In 2008 the results for the 2007 year were announced at 51%. 2008 was Brizard’s first year. The 12% increase came before he stepped in the door. The real facts are that graduation rates dipped below 51% during his tenure, thus actually losing ground.
More on the story at Substance.

Here (http://bit.ly/dHP3kB) is a good year by year summary of articles related to Brizard from his tenure in Rochester. I know a few goodies from his time here but he was bumped around a lot because he was not on a fast track - I think he kept going down in the pecking order - Klein passed the lemon in this case.

Just some of the titles should stimulate some debate. Here are a few favorites:

RCSD School Officials in Vegas During Testing, Layoffs
RCSD Board to Question Brizard’s Raise
Brizard Hires $100,000-a-Year, Part-Time Special Assistant
Principals Told to Cut Art, Music, Phys EdRCSD Staff Stayed at Luxury Resort During Budget Crisis
Brizard Said He Didn't Give Raises to Top Staff, but He Did
State Test Scores Plummet, Erasing Gains
Brizard Spinning Graduation Data
EEOC Finds Brizard Discriminated Against Official
Staff Survey Finds Little Support for Brizard
Fact-Checking Brizard on Cabinet Spending
State: Only 5% of RCSD Grads Ready for College

Looks like the right guy for Rahm.

 

I-Team: The questions Emanuel wanted new CPS CEO to avoid

April 18, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- When public officials refuse to answer or even entertain questions that is normally a red flag for the I-Team. So when Chicago Public Schools superintendent-appointee Jean-Claude Brizard was muzzled Monday by Mayor-elect Emanuel, the I-Team started looking at what questions should have been asked.
First, there is the ethical question of that long term contract that Brizard signed late last year with Rochester, New York school officials. The contract paid him $235,000 and his often-stated pledge, which is still on the school district website, is to carry out his five year plan.
Second: the legal question of a newly signed contract in New York that requires "termination by mutual agreement." That means the school board in Rochester has to agree to let Brizard out of his commitment.

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"I am not happy at all about that. I'm disappointed that he would do that to us. I consider him a friend, but I am very disappointed in my friend," said Adam McFadden, Rochester school board member.
Then there are the questions about why Brizard was unreachable the past week by phone or text message. School board members and city officials said that for days he would not return their calls.
"I'm sorry that he's leaving. I said all along that I thought he was the right person for the job, I wanted him to stay and I was willing to do what I could to support his activities over there so I think it's unfortunate for us that he's leaving," said Mayor Tom Richards of Rochester.
In addition to the recent no-confidence vote by 94 percent of Rochester teachers, some school district officials wanted Brizard out as long ago as last summer.
Finally, there are questions about whether his wife, K. Brooke Stafford Brizard, is a part of his Chicago Public Schools deal. In Rochester, while slashing public school budgets, Brizard moved to enlist new privately run charter schools, including an all-girls charter school that was to have been led by his wife and open in 2012.
When news reports surfaced late last year about his wife angling for a role in the all-girls charter school, Superintendent Brizard said he was trying to keep the media off of the story until the charter application was in. Brizard's new boss, Rahm Emanuel, successfully did the same thing by keeping media questioners at bay.

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