Budget, Grades, Graduation, Change: Oh, the Chicago Public Schools Troubles Brizard Will See

Rebecca Vevea & Crystal Yednak:

Union relations
The current teachers’ contract is set to expire at the end of the next school year, and with education reform bills in Springfield pressuring teachers to make concessions, the negotiations may become heated. “He’s going to have to, in a very short period of time, figure out what he’s going to keep and what needs to be cut back, and at the same time get off on the right foot with the teachers union,” said Robin Steans, executive director of Advance Illinois.
Budget deficit
With federal stimulus funding drying up, more than $350 million in late payments from the state, and a scheduled raise for teachers, CPS is staring at an $820 million deficit. But Brizard may have help.