Brizard out after 17 months, new CPS CEO is Barbara Byrd-Bennett

News broke Thursday that JC Brizard, the CEO for CPS from April 2011 to present, resigned from his position. He is reportedly leaving on “mutually agreeable terms” with CPS after much speculation in the press. This is the 5th turn-over of this position in 4 years. We wish Mr. Brizard the best in his future endeavors and congratulate Ms. Byrd-Bennett on her new position. We hope to meet with her at some point to discuss the issues that remain most pressing to parents in our membership.

On School Choice

There seems to be some confusion about our position on school choice. Last week we had an opinion piece in Catalyst about the role of DFER (Democrats for Education Reform) in Chicago education reform and Catalyst then invited the Director of DFER to respond to our piece. She responded that “my hope is that Ms.

Elected School Board Referendum on Ballot in 327 Precincts Nov 6th

To see if the referendum is on the ballot in your precinct, check out the link below. Plug in your address and name and then click on"Sample Ballot." Scroll down to see if there is a "Public Question." on the ballot with the referendum.

Everyone should be registered to vote. If you're not, you have until this Tuesday 10/9. If you've moved since you last registered, it means you need to get registered!

Here is info on how to register if you aren't registered: 

UNO: Document on Parent Trigger and list of schools

We are passing on a document that someone sent to us last night. Note, we were not given this document directly from UNO. We think it's important to share it, though. We have no idea how this list of schools was compiled or where it came from. All we can say is that someone who reported to be at an UNO event recently regarding parent trigger issues sent this to us.

RYH article in Catalyst - "Will the Real Parents Please Stand Up?"

Link to Article

Now that the strike is over and parents, students and teachers are finally settling into the routine of the school year, many parents we talk to are wondering what will change in terms of how policies are shaped at the district level at Chicago Public Schools. The blogosphere is abuzz from East Coast to West with opinions on the value and meaning of this strike. Tomorrow, our teachers in Chicago will vote on whether or not to ratify the contract.

Voices in Public Ed Reform - Part 2

A few days ago we wrote to you about radio and television ads sponsored by outside interest groups that have been airing for many months.  Many of you emailed us back with questions and comments. Here’s a link to the Chicago Tonight interview that we referenced. Watch this important conversation with Bruce Rauner, one of the leaders in the education “reform” community in Chicago, Please take five minutes to watch this.

War: The Best Route to Public Schools?

Parents have been emailing us for a few weeks asking us how someone got a hold of their personal cell phone numbers and email addresses. As Jill Wohl explained in her blog, “What happens in CPS stays in CPS,” the group that invited parents to a rally during the strike was an arm of the national group, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), started by hedge-fund managers and charter-school operators in New York. We have no idea how they obtained personal information of parents. 


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