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(Chicago Tribune) — 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. ”At the end of the day, we think they are considering implementing something that already exists,” said Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th. “If you’re saying community engagement is important, then engage with us.”
(Chicago Tribune) — Two months into his new role overseeing Chicago Public Schools, CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has begun reorganizing a school system he calls “fragmented.” 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. ”That’s a big change,” said Barbara Radner, director of DePaul University’s Center for Urban Studies. “Until we fix the fact that eighth-graders are graduating unprepared for high school, we’ll continue to have a high dropout rate for high school and kids won’t be prepared for college.”