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In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is planning to add more positions to the district’s central office and reduce the number of area offices as part of an administrative reorganization at the nation’s third-largest school system, according to Chicago News Cooperative.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is planning to add more positions to the district’s central office and reduce the number of area offices as part of an administrative reorganization at the nation’s third-largest school system, according to Chicago News Cooperative. The shakeup will include the creation of a Chief Community and Family Engagement Officer position to oversee the district’s strategy for community engagement. Brizard is also expected to eliminate five area offices — which oversee geographic clusters of schools — cutting the number of offices from 24 to 19.

Brizard will tell Chicago Board of Education members Wednesday that the district will change the structure of its middle managers, whom some in the system call "mini-superintendents." Chief area officers will be renamed "schools chiefs" and grouped to include all the high school and elementary principals in a region so the chiefs can work to align curriculum. (Tribune)

During Mayor Daley's aggressive push to close neighborhood schools and open charters under Renaissance 2010, the percentage of black teachers in Chicago Public Schools dropped from 40.6 percent in 2000 to 29.6 percent in 2010, according to a recent study by Northern Illinois University. (Progress Illinois)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday his decision to send his kids to the University of Chicago Lab Schools was made “as a parent in the best interest of my children,” insisting that it’s not a value judgment on the Chicago Public Schools. (Sun-Times)

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The Cary Elementary District 26 board has named a pair of assistant principals for the expanding Cary Junior High School campus. (Daily Herald)

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Cincinnati Public Schools are a step closer to putting a levy on the November ballot. (WLWT)

The website takepart.com has compiled a list of the Top 5 most shocking public school cheating scandals.

14 comments

Same As It Ever Was wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

An administrative reorganization in CPS?

Hey, wait a minute. Didn't Huberman just do that recently? And Duncan not too long before him? What is this, the third reorg in 6 years? No wonder CPS is a wreck.

Big Improvements wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

So, Chief Area Officers (CAO), who only a couple of years ago were Area Instructional Officers (AIO) will be now be "schools chiefs". Great work, guys! Sounds like a difference maker to me!

The only "area" or "region" my high school needs for planning and alignment purposes comprises our own school and our feeder schools. That's it. And we don't need a high priced middle manager with an overflowing staff to preside over us, either.

You Can't Beat Fun at the Old BOE wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Snort. "School Chiefs." Thousands of possible variations...Big Chief Pain in the Butt. Brizzard's math is bad. There are 19 "Chiefs" too many. Those positions are completely worthless. And what's with the Chief Community and Family Engagement Officer position? Is that for arranging marriages? Also, where is the press on the throw-way comment "Brizard is planning to add more positions to the district’s central office?" Waiting for news from CPS everyday is like waiting for the clown car to erupt at the circus.

Concerned Teacher wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

This is the same cat-same story. No matter how Brizzard tries to disguise his plan, it is the same thing that our former CEOs have done. Terry Mazany had more wisdom and a better inclusive vision, too bad he did not stayed. And about the new CO positions being created, I want to bet that they were created for charter school friends of Rahm Emmanuel. Focus the resources in the schools not in the CO leadership, that does not really think of our students.

Sammy wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

I give all of these people 3 years in these roles. Rahm has 4. There are no easy answers.

Where does CPS get the $$$ for all this? wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Is anyone asking?--CPS claims poor and school cuts and school layoffs. This is a sham and a shame still!

Titanic wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic won't keep it from sinking. If you want to know who's running the system, check out who the Chief Financial Officer reports to. Follow the money! That's how you know who's making the real decisions.

Rahm??? Controls Board wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

How is that Illinois has the right to say that rahm is in charge of CPS? When CPS uses city, state, federal and private money?? I dont know why CTU doesnt take up this issue? How can ONE man control millions of dollars that arent even city dollars??

CPS Forensic audit--anyone? anyone? wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

when will Chicagoans rise-up and demand this of the mayor?

im in!! wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago
Displaced Teacher wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Let's just discuss the shake up what about what about the tenured teachers with years of service and have educated so many of Chicago underserved students what happens to them???
In order to get employment with Chicago Public Schools:
These are the steps:
Fill out an application
After the application you have to fill out 100 question surv
If your essay is not written well no employment
How about the principals can view your application
Why perspective teachers cannot see who reads their application is this fair?
After you fill out the application the principals review it
Next if a principal contacts one of their cronies and they do not approve the
Then they have to get approval from the New Chiefs oh my really..
Is this really a shake up or let down?

To Displaced Teacher wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

I can certainly see why you've been *displaced*. Perhaps you should consider another line of work--one where the lack of basic literacy won't hold you back.

Self Righteous Critics Are So Much Fun wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

Displacing teachers in Chicago has nothing to do with their literacy. It's all about the money all the time. Certainly the ability to communicate well need not hold back anyone in the United States:

"Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs."

Joe Biden, Athens, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2008

Displaced teacher with excellent literacy skills wrote 3 years 12 weeks ago

In the News: Brizard set to shake up CPS' area offices

It was easy for me to look down on less literate teachers when I first became displaced, which was due to decreased enrollment, not poor punctuation usage. However, after two years and two new endorsements, I still have not been hired, despite demonstrating outstanding communication and professional skills while teaching and subbing. Perhaps I do not present myself as well during the interviews as I do on paper, but I fear that attitudes against older and displaced teachers -- i.e. stereotyping us as lacking basic grammar -- have become a barrier in this highly competitive process.

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