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.
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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