Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rahm Picks a Winner

  • City education reform groups are praising Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's selection today of Jean-Claude Brizard as the new Chicago Public Schools CEO while community groups are raising concerns.

    Phyllis Lockett, who heads up the Renaissance Schools Fund, which raises money for charter schools in Chicago, gave Emanuel high marks for the team he put together.

    “I think the mayor elect did a phenomenal job in welding a team with a good balance of business experience and education experience,” Lockett said. “That’s what you need to run a $6 billion system with the complexity of what strong education reform requires.”

    But Julie Woestehoff, the executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education, says she’s been getting “condolences” from community groups in Rochester, where Brizard spent a controversial three years.

Brizard has a education background which is a big change from picks by Shortshanks. Brizard is also a big proponent of charter schools and the like, a big no-no according to the teachers' union. The teachers of Rochester just had a "no confidence" vote on him and he lost. But that might be because Brizard wants to shake up the established order.

Rahm isn't making this pick lightly. Everything we've ever read about the man shows he wants to be in total control, up to and including his time with Obama when he infamously lobbied naked congressmen in the showers. It's going to be a fight and Rahm is drawing up the battle lines early. Hopefully, the FOP is watching and learning.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he's picking another
"winner" or outsider shall I say!

http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-considering-obama-drug-czar-to-run-chicago-police-department/

4/19/2011 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He still has to get approved by the cps union

4/19/2011 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm from Rochester, NY and it's the size of Naperville. This guy will be a mouth piece for Rahm. Boys and girls be prepared for the teacher's union to give this winner a second no confidence vote and Rahm a strike. Thank god, there is one union that scares these mutts and it aint our moose lodge.

4/19/2011 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YA Sure..The FOP watching and learning...

Pretty funny...Rahminator is going to eat the PPO alive...You can bet on it..

And bye bye to Syd Davis..Wont be a yes man to shortshanks shields..so out he goes...Arrogant 10yr goof...

And bye bye to Pleines who walked out with his things after being fired by the PPO. The most experienced labor contract attorney the FOP ever had..

We will lose big on the next contract...Way to go hair gels..LOL. You will be the ones paying the price down the line..

4/19/2011 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no one can teach these feral children .... period

4/19/2011 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an obvious slant here. The interests of the teachers union are not necessarily in the best interests of Chicago's children. Maybe change will be good. Fuck the teachers union. Teaching is supposed to be about the children.

4/19/2011 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a shock. The soon to be mayor hires the new school boss, where upon interviewing his former underlings, say that they are happy and that chicago is in trouble. Really makes you wonder who he will bring in to drive the final nail into the coffin of a once great police department. To top it off, he won't even let the man speak at his own coming out party? What a complete fucking joke!

4/19/2011 01:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all getting a preview of how the new mayor is going to force his will on everyone in Chicago for the next four years. He could care less about what anyone thinks about anything. It will be his way totally or the highway. At least Daley would wet his pinky every so often and raise his hand to see how the opinion winds were blowing. Methinks Alderman Burk is already lining up that 26+ votes he will need to keep Rahm in check. Another little dictator on the 5th floor. Just what we needed.

4/19/2011 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant wait to see who he picks to run CPD. He better pick a winner that has our backs and some respect or you will have a bunch of coppers watching the show as the city burns when the Bulls win it all this summer. In the words of Flounder, "Boy is this going to be great" or that famous Disco classic, "Burn Baby Burn"

4/19/2011 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charter schools are run by COMPANIES that receive tax dollars. Why would anyone want their taxes going to private corporations? As I said the night the Tiny Dancer was elected, I wonder how many of his friends and Daley's relatives just went into the charter school BUSINESS? (Think "Hired Trucks"....)

Rahm is our new dictator.

4/19/2011 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Ballerino picked Brizzaro? Will they be wearing superhero costumes? A hot pink tutu and a voodoo mask with capes?

Daley can be the evil little leprechaun hiding a pot of stolen gold that the dynamic ballet voodoo team try to steal as they lead hordes of illiterate yutes with hope in their eyes toward the loot.

Then ballerino screws them all by keeping the gold and raising taxes and fees to pay for more communist programs as he flips them the bird with a sawed off finger.

4/19/2011 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What people don't realize is that charter
schools are a cash cow for those politically connected. They circumvent the rights achieved by the unions. If you watch on TV the same people stand behind the Mayor during press conferences relating to school policies. They are the new UNO and lead by Mr. Rangel. It is a matter of time before a money scandal. Check the political donations and political foot soldiers they bring to the game. It'll be more than business as usual in this cesspool of a city.

4/19/2011 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully, the FOP is watching and learning.

==

Me too, only problem is, cops never learn

4/19/2011 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Brian M. Bastyr said...

Looks like he'll fit in the traditional Chicago way. Here's a collection of articles about his time in Rochester

http://www.churchofthehumanbeing.com/2011/04/education-czar-guide-to-jean-claude.html

4/19/2011 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous ***BREAKING NEWS*** said...

Rahm considering R. Gil Kerlikowske, White House drug czar, for CPD Superintendent. Former Seattle police chief and police commissioner in Buffalo, NY.

Mr. Kerlikowske has 37 years of law enforcement and drug policy experience. He most recently served 9 years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years. Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for over 6 billion dollars in Federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department.

4/19/2011 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Beverly observer said...

I'll be curious to see the results of this choice over the next few years.

4/19/2011 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOP watching and learning in order to do what exactly? This isn't a knock on either the current or former leadership of the FOP but rather a comment on the general toothlessness of our "union." Ours is a collective bargaining entity without an iota of leverage. We'll take what's given us, because there is no alternative.

The teachers on the other hand, I certainly hope they strike. Someone needs to stick it up the arse of this imperious little shite. And, sorry to say boys and girls, it ain't gonna be the FOP.

4/19/2011 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tiny Dancer 9.5 is as arrogant as rmd. No input sought from the public, parents or teacher's union for choosing Brizard and the school board members. Let the games begin. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

4/19/2011 08:40:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

being a teacher is a calling to many, just like being a police officer is--- 500,000 kids a day come to the chicago public schools for an education--- being a teacher in this city is certainly a tough job--- what makes it even tougher is when upper management becomes critical instead of supportive--- the teachers association in rochester just placed a no confidence vote against the new head of the cps--- let the fireworks begin....

4/19/2011 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is rumored to pick Assistant Deputy Supt. Debra Kirby for Super job.

4/19/2011 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whens the march on FOP for how they treated Sid Davis. Shields is wrong on this one on many levels. Iam disappointed.

4/19/2011 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this guy speak English?

4/19/2011 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A teachers' union vote of no confidence is not necessarily a bad thing. In many cases, bad teachers are the real problem. They can just "wait out" a superintendent who tries to impose some kind of standards.

4/19/2011 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
There is an obvious slant here. The interests of the teachers union are not necessarily in the best interests of Chicago's children. Maybe change will be good. Fuck the teachers union. Teaching is supposed to be about the children.

4/19/2011 01:47:00 AM

That makes sense. Fuck with the teachers and they will work harder to educate the children. Make teachers work longer with honor students is the answer. Just like Weiss and Ernie Brown tried to make officers work harder. Rather than try a carrot, Rahm starts with a big stick to motivate teachers. CPD is next.

4/19/2011 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a problem with Rahm's dictorship-style at the press conference....he wouldn't let the newly appointed school boss say a word.
or could it be because this new guy is still under contract with Rochester and trying to avoid anything that could be added into a civil suit? either way, not a good start.

4/19/2011 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
We are all getting a preview of how the new mayor is going to force his will on everyone in Chicago for the next four years. He could care less about what anyone thinks about anything. It will be his way totally or the highway. At least Daley would wet his pinky every so often and raise his hand to see how the opinion winds were blowing. Methinks Alderman Burk is already lining up that 26+ votes he will need to keep Rahm in check. Another little dictator on the 5th floor. Just what we needed.

4/19/2011 03:15:00 AM

If they fight each other we will be way better off. Remember the council wars when Washington was mayor? I do and the city never was better.

4/19/2011 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:47am To follow your logic to the extreme..police work is about serving the public, what's good for the police isn't always good for the public, so fuck the police unions! NO fuck you with your all or nothing statement. We are all in for a ride with this new Mayor, some unity is needed amongst all the public serveants.

4/19/2011 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched a report yesterday seems rahms pick had lots of controversy with putting friends and family on payroll! Sorry will be a "perfect fit" here!

4/19/2011 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're starting to get a glimpse at who's in the running for Chicago's next police superintendent.

According to the Chicago News Cooperative, the biggest name is Gil Kerlikowske -- currently President Barack Obama's drug czar. Kerlikowske met with Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel last week in Chicago and was back in town over the weekend for an interview with the Chicago Police Board, the CNC reported.

Kerlikowske's official title is director of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Before his current post he was the Seattle police chief for 9 years and also had been Buffalo New York's police commissioner.

The CNC also lists the following applicants:


Garry McCarthy -- Newark New Jersey's director of police, also a former NYC deputy commissioner

Gene Williams -- Chief of Patrol, CPD

Al Wysinger -- Deputy Chief of Detectives, CPD

Deb Kirby -- Asst. Deputy Superintendent, CPD

Michael Shields -- Head of security for CPS

Dan Isom -- The Chicago Tribune reports that St. Louis' police chief has also thrown his name in the hat.

4/19/2011 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised I don't see more teachers walking around with broken arms from patting themselves on the back. They want to be professionals and paid well with a whole lot of time off, but they also want the right to strike. Can't have both. And, they are mad that they were not consulted on who the next school superintendent will be. Well, my oh my. They are employees and they should have no input in this at all. I do not recall, ever, the teachers union coming up with one workable idea that has helped our school kids. There response to improving education is by having less of it and paying themselves more. Keep the school buildings open for nine hours a day and keep the teachers in that building for the entire time. Then they can " grade papers" on company time at their desks and meet with parents and monitor after school events without asking for more and more money. The shortest school day and the shortest school year of any school in the country and the worst graduation rate of any school in the country. Not all their fault, but they certainly do not help. Throwing money at the schools has not proven to help in any school system in the country.

4/19/2011 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheilds has his work cut out for him.

4/19/2011 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teaching is supposed to be about the children.

4/19/2011 01:47:00 AM



so is parenting.

plural.


yeah, i know, tell it to the 'bread winners'.

4/19/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want their taxes going to private corporations?


4/19/2011 06:11:00 AM


what do you think city, county, state and federal agencies have become?

4/19/2011 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then ballerino screws them all by keeping the gold and raising taxes and fees to pay for more communist programs as he flips them the bird with a sawed off finger.

4/19/2011 06:47:00 AM



another visionary speaks.

4/19/2011 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way Rahm is treating the teachers union makes me worried how he's going to treat our FOP. I see us getting screwed.

4/19/2011 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The teachers on the other hand, I certainly hope they strike. Someone needs to stick it up the arse of this imperious little shite. And, sorry to say boys and girls, it ain't gonna be the FOP.

4/19/2011 08:35:00 AM

You have to watch ALL the news. Last week Rahm passed a bill in Springfield, (watered carried by the CTU's own McCarthy) which requires a 75% member concurrence for strike. Also longer work day and work year.

BOHICA!

4/19/2011 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm should have picked Jesse Ruiz, the current head of the Illinois State Board of Ed....brilliant guy from Chicago who would have made a difference. He was picked as a VP on the Board instead. Would have shored up the Hispanic block for future consideration!!!

4/19/2011 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pick the guy from dc , maybe he'll appoint a few patrolman , sgts and lts to his command staff that are qualified for the job
now we have exempt command staff that were merit detectives , merit sgt , lt and political appointed captains running the cpd

4/19/2011 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Dan Isom a few months ago. He impressed me as a tough police officer, a good administrator, innovative and a person who will stand behind the working cop. As a matter of fact, he actually went out on murder cases while chief. St. Louis has a rep as a very tough town. He would be different and he is well respected nationally.As I recall Gil Kerlikowski was a finalist in years past as well as Garry McCarthy.

4/19/2011 05:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just do not understand why anyone, especially a city employee, would wish ill will and failure toward the mayor elect? this guy isn't even in office and really has not done a thing except a few appointment and the special interests are lining up against him. The teachers union? A bunch of aholes who are only interested in themselves and their wallets. Being a teacher in most city schools is one tough job, if you show up and do the job. Give Rahm a chance to turn things around and keep the city financially sound. It is in the best interests of all civil servants and the residents of the city. Things are tough out here for the average person and for the unions to expect large raises and better working condition when private employees, if they still have a good job, are getting nothing and have not for the past 3-4 years. I retired from the job 9 years ago and went into private industry. I know of what I speak. The public is not on your side with the constant bitching and moaning. Cops have a very rough job and deserve more, but you might have to wait for better times. Every program and change that is ever intgroduced to the police department is heavlily critisized by the neigh sayers on this blog. A whole lot of experts out .

4/19/2011 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, Yahweh, say it ain't so! DK is a miserable woman that hates us.

4/19/2011 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm seems to be picking some real class acts to lead his team. Read the folllowing about his communications director Chris Mather, she seems to be as vindictive as he is...but I think she has all her fingers.

Top Incoming Emanuel Comms Aide, Outgoing USDA Flack Mather Accused of Discrimination
On April 6, we reported that Chris Mather had been hired to serve as Communications Director for incoming Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago).

Late Thursday the Washington Post reported that Mather, currently wrapping up her tenure as Communications Director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has, along with her top aides at USDA, faced at least nine federal personnel complaints, including “age and gender discrimination and the promotion of employees supportive of the Democratic Party.”

Mather is a former spokeswoman for Dr. Jill Biden on the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign and has been the top communications aide at USDA since 2009.

According to the Washington Post, “Mather, Deputy Communications Director David Black, Deputy Director of Operations Justin DeJong and other top officials in the department’s communications office faced at least nine formal equal employment opportunity complaints filed with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The workers said they raised the allegations ‘because of a hostile work environment, retaliation and/or prohibited personnel practice,’ according to a letter sent to lawmakers in January.”

The Post reported that “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said late Thursday that two of the complaints have been dismissed, two were settled and five remain under investigation.”

The Post also reported that, “in a statement, Mather disputed ‘a litany of factual errors included in the allegations’ and said she made changes to her office to improve operations and morale. ‘Not everyone was supportive of the increased accountability, collaborative approach and strategic planning processes we put in place, but it has resulted in a more efficient, responsive organization that delivers results for both the media and the American public.’”

You can read the full story here. (The Washington Post)

4/19/2011 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw the overpaid and under worked teachers. Most of them are nothing but police hating liberals anyway. Has their union with its overweight snd overfed heifer for a leader ever stood with us?

4/19/2011 08:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way Rahm is treating the teachers union makes me worried how he's going to treat our FOP. I see us getting screwed.

4/19/2011 04:10:00 PM

The only reason we will get screwed is because we dont stick together!

4/19/2011 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Dan Isom a few months ago. He impressed me as a tough police officer, a good administrator, innovative and a person who will stand behind the working cop. As a matter of fact, he actually went out on murder cases while chief. St. Louis has a rep as a very tough town. He would be different and he is well respected nationally.As I recall Gil Kerlikowski was a finalist in years past as well as Garry McCarthy.


I heard the same about Isom. I have met a few guys who worked for him and they praised him. Not one of us but of a similar mold. I have no issue with a police officer - an actual police officer - being Superintendent. I would prefer one of our own, but only if the candidate has been the police.

I just hope it is a cop.

4/19/2011 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Dan Isom a few months ago. He impressed me as a tough police officer, a good administrator, innovative and a person who will stand behind the working cop. As a matter of fact, he actually went out on murder cases while chief. St. Louis has a rep as a very tough town. He would be different and he is well respected nationally.As I recall Gil Kerlikowski was a finalist in years past as well as Garry McCarthy.

4/19/2011 05:55:00 PM

I find it puzzling that you ascertained all of the cited complimentary information while once meeting Isom. You sound like his publicist or his mother. And, no, Kerlikowski was never a finalist in Chicago.

4/20/2011 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago who would have made a difference. He was picked as a VP on the Board instead. Would have shored up the Hispanic block for future consideration!!!

4/19/2011 05:24:00 PM

Here lies the problem with this town. Giving someone a job because they will shore up a voting block instead of giving him the job because he is well qualified and has had some success. I hate to tell you, my friend, the hispanics rarely vote in this town, those that are legal, I mean. They engage in the same corrupt politics that everyone else does, to include those who were or are on the police department. I worked for a few and I know. If you were not hispanic, you were fucked.

4/20/2011 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Brizard is also a big proponent of charter schools and the like, a big no-no according to the teachers' union. The teachers of Rochester just had a "no confidence" vote on him and he lost. But that might be because Brizard wants to shake up the established order."

"Re-making the world," that's Rahm and his merry band. Brizard will fit right into the Sanctuary City. The "charter schools" have become a tremendous Latino power base, especially when connected with the "liberation theology" (read- Communism) of associated churches. Che Guevara flags in the street, and I've got pictures.

WBBM radio just now saying that the "Hispanic" (U.S. Gov't term) population of Chicago exploded by 32% just between 2000 and 2010.

4/20/2011 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I met Dan Isom a few months ago. He impressed me as a tough police officer, a good administrator, innovative and a person who will stand behind the working cop. As a matter of fact, he actually went out on murder cases while chief. St. Louis has a rep as a very tough town. He would be different and he is well respected nationally.As I recall Gil Kerlikowski was a finalist in years past as well as Garry McCarthy.

4/19/2011 05:55:00 PM


Sounds like the policy group is trying to make a come back.

4/20/2011 03:06:00 PM  

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