Brizard’s initial changes to CPS
Just noticed a couple Trib articles about some upcoming changes that Brizard is making. I’m glad to see progress. I think the idea of someone working with parent groups seems cool. I hope it’s someone who knows the nitty gritty of working with a school. I’m curious to see who the person is and what they’re background is. Seems like a cool job.
I am not getting this addition of 2300 positions in magnet schools. Or maybe I’m having a hard time accepting data from the Trib after the 63K high school application number.
How does cutting the number of area officers improve principals’ access to information? I’m not criticizing, I swear! Just wondering….
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.”
The number of chief area officers will be pared from 24 to 19, 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.
“This is not about shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic,” he said. “It really is a different look. You’re not going to see the level of independence in the area as you saw in the past. We’re going to create a level of coherence within those areas.” Brizard said the restructuring was to ensure that principals have better access to the information they need. “For us, principals are the primary lever for change,” he said. “They are the primary lever for transformation.”
(As a note, the article states that Terry Mazany (the interim CEO before Brizard) had also suggested this, so a shout out to Mr. M.)
Adding a position to work with Parent/Community Groups
With the new mayor’s emphasis on community engagement, Chicago Public Schools is adding an executive-level post to deal exclusively with parents and neighborhood groups.
But just as new schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard announced the position and a streamlining of the district’s leadership team at a school board meeting Wednesday, representatives of CPS’ newly created community-based groups asked whether the changes would mean a disbanding of their councils.
Chief Portfolio Officer Position
Brizard announced another cabinet position, a chief portfolio officer, who will oversee magnet, selective-enrollment and other new schools.
Despite a $612 million budget shortfall, the district will be adding 2,300 new slots at high-performing magnet schools, increasing Academy for Urban School Leadership teacher training academies by 35 percent and planning for a 55 percent increase in full-day kindergarten slots.
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