Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Your action is needed in 2012

Next year is a big year for City Colleges of Chicago... the 3 year contract for Cheryl Hyman will be up for renewal in April 2012.  I have provided you with information demonstrating her lack of leadership and integrity. 

Now it's up to you!

1 - If you are aware of any wrongdoings from Cheryl Hyman or the District Employees you can submit a tip to the BGA:  http://www.bettergov.org/tips/ or make a FOIA request at  http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/foia.html

2 - You can share your thoughts with Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago College Board by writing a letter. Mayor's Address: 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago City Hall 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602.  

3 - You can keep informed by frequently visiting: the Reinvention Truth Website at: http://citycollegeschicagoreinvention-truths.blogspot.com/

To Save City Colleges of Chicago in 2012 - it's up to everyone to do their part.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Top City Colleges official resigns after sham move to city

BY ROBERT HERGUTH Better Government Association August 26, 2011 7:16PM

A top administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago recently resigned under pressure, leaving a $120,000-a-year job but taking away a valuable life lesson: Don’t play games with the city’s residency requirement.
Ronny C. Anderson, who was hired last year to the new position of chief of staff to Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, quietly “retired” several weeks ago amid an investigation by the City Colleges inspector general’s office, which concluded that Anderson’s self-proclaimed “move” last spring from south suburban Glenwood to Chicago’s South Side was effectively a sham.
Anderson, who was with the system for 14 months at the time of his July 28 resignation, didn’t respond to several requests for an interview by the Better Government Association.
But in an e-mail, Hyman said she knew nothing about the situation until “late July as a result of the Inspector General’s independent investigation.”
“All rules and regulations apply equally to everyone who works for the City Colleges of Chicago,” Hyman said in the statement. “Last year, I ordered that our part-time inspector general be upgraded to a full-time position and that investigators be added to bolster compliance and efficiency.
“As part of his office’s annual audit of residency status, Inspector General John Gasiorowski discovered that my chief of staff, Ron Anderson, was in violation of the City of Chicago’s residency rule. As the Inspector General’s process followed its course — a course that always includes presenting the employee with allegations and any evidence to support them — Mr. Anderson chose to retire.”
Hyman and Anderson have known each other for years, since well before she took the helm of the system that includes seven campuses and more than 100,000 students.
Anderson, 61, was living in Glenwood when he started at City Colleges in May 2010.
Hyman granted waivers allowing him to keep living there for a year. By the time the waivers expired, he was supposed to have moved into the city if he wanted to keep his job as Hyman’s top aide.
Earlier this year, Anderson submitted a copy of a lease indicating that, as of May 1, he was paying $1,200 a month to rent a unit in Chicago, according to documents obtained by the BGA under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
Anderson also changed his driver’s license from Glenwood to the South Side on June 15, state records show.
The BGA visited the gated three-story building and a female answering the buzzer said Anderson was not there and asked a reporter to leave a business card.
The BGA also later called the woman listed on the lease as Anderson’s landlord. She said she was busy but promised to call back. She didn’t, and in a subsequent call, the woman answering the phone said it was the wrong number.
The BGA visited Anderson’s Glenwood home — which as of Aug. 10 is again the address listed on his driver’s license, state records show — but he did not answer the door.
Cook County property records indicate that Anderson has owned that home for years.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chicago Teachers are feeling the same pain

Chicago teachers are being asked to work 29% more and get paid only 2% more.  I found the CTU state of address very interesting -


Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Reader Exposes Reinvention Inconsistencies


On April Fool's Day 2010, Cheryl L. Hyman—Mayor Richard M. Daley's controversial choice for chancellor at the City Colleges of Chicago—stepped into her new job. A 41-year-old Commonwealth Edison executive, Hyman had never been a college teacher and her experience as an academic administrator was zero. Her most striking qualification for the top job at the huge, seven-college institution seemed to be the fact that she was an up-by-the-bootstraps product of the system she would now rule. A onetime high school dropout, Hyman graduated from Olive-Harvey College and the Illinois Institute of Technology, then earned two master's degrees (from North Park and Northwestern) while fast-tracking through the ranks at ComEd, where she wound up as vice president of operational strategy and business intelligence. Daley gave her the job with a mandate for serious change. It may turn out to be a good thing, but it hasn't been totally welcome.
Blame Obama. And his education czar, former CPS head Arne Duncan. With other countries outstripping the U.S. in the number of college graduates among their citizens (the U.S. ranked 12th in one 2010 study), they're campaigning to get us back into first place. In 2009, noting that the majority of community college students wind up as degree-less dropouts with nothing to show for their college experience but student loan debt, Obama declared "The American Graduation Initiative." He promised to fund programs that will strengthen the nation by keeping students on track. The bulk of the funding never came through, but Daley got the message that "a skilled workforce is necessary to compete in the global economy" and challenged Hyman to turn the City Colleges—Harold Washington, Harry S. Truman, Kennedy-King, Malcolm X, Olive-Harvey, Richard J. Daley, and Wilbur Wright—into "an economic engine for the city." Mayor Rahm Emanuel has kept her on, regularly praises her efforts, and refers to the City Colleges as the "front line of our new economy."
And that's what's making some people nervous. "Economic engine" seems to run counter to the long-time mission of the City Colleges of Chicago, which will celebrate its hundredth birthday this year and has been, since its founding, a gateway not just to a job but to broad educational and intellectual opportunity, regardless of social or economic status.
The question of whether the "People's College" (its original name) should be a vocational school was chewed over at its birth by the likes of Jane Addams and William Rainey Harper—and discarded. In America, and in Chicago, city colleges would ensure a democracy of the mind. Vocational training was eventually added without changing that principle, at least in theory. But there's a new, results-oriented trend in education that looks like it could turn community colleges into glorified job-training centers, providing a skilled workforce but "tracking" low-income students into dead-end jobs. These institutions would be run like businesses, with the decision-making power in the hands of executives rather than academics and an emphasis on efficiency. Serendipitous intellectual inquiry and academic autonomy would be luxuries and scarce.
There are logical reasons for this trend, including the ever-higher costs of higher ed, and a flurry of studies supporting it—among them, a November 2010 report by McKinsey & Company, a Washington-based consulting firm that's playing a major role in the changes at City Colleges. Titled "Winning by Degrees," it tells how to "improve productivity in higher education's core process of transforming freshmen into degree-holders."
The five practices the McKinsey report promotes for building "degree productivity" include "redesigning the delivery of instruction" (by, for example, "substituting full-time faculty with part-time faculty") and "reducing non-productive credits," which "may give students extra educational benefit," but add to the cost. If these strategies are fully and widely adopted, the report says, "the nation could produce a million more degrees by 2020" without spending any more money.
CHERYL HYMAN HAS A COOLLY COMPOSED veneer and a reputation for being forceful—qualities that likely helped her survive a punishing Chicago childhood. She was born and grew up on the city's west side, mostly in public housing at the Henry Horner Homes. An only child whose parents were drug addicts (she says they're both recovered now), she left an unbearable home at the age of 16, dropping out of high school and taking a job at Kentucky Fried Chicken to support herself before concluding that fast food wasn't a great career route for somebody pining for high tech. She returned to high school and graduated, and then made what she says is a common mistake for a young person.
"Sometimes, when you're growing up and you're faced with very tough circumstances, like I was, you look for those quick fixes: How can I quickly get educated and just get a job? That was the mind-set I was in, and I went to a six-month trade school. After six months the school closed, and I was left with a student loan and no job to pay it back."
Hyman says she promptly came to the realization that "there are no short cuts in life."
Moving in with her grandmother, she enrolled at the City Colleges's far-south-side campus, Olive-Harvey, where a math teacher and a counselor helped her carve a path to a computer science major at IIT. She joined ComEd in 1996. She's now riding herd on a City Colleges budget (for 2012) of $651 million.
Hyman says she was "humbled" by her appointment and did need some time to visit the colleges and learn about them. She was assisted by consultants from McKinsey & Company and the Civic Consulting Alliance (the consulting arm of the Commercial Club of Chicago) who worked, initially pro bono, to "dig into the metrics" with her. By midsummer she'd hired former McKinsey consultant (and Renaissance 2010 Fund official) Alvin Bisarya as vice chancellor of strategy and institutional intelligence. In March 2011, Donald Laackman, a principal at the Civic Consulting Alliance, was installed as president of Harold Washington College. And last January, McKinsey was awarded a half-million-dollar contract for work on City Colleges changes this year.
More consultants were hired to help Hyman craft her vision, and at a November 18, 2010, press conference with Daley and new board president Martin Cabrera Jr. (appointed to the board a month earlier), the trio rolled out the plan, branded in current business jargon as "the Reinvention." City Colleges, previously focused on access, would now be focused on something more elusive: student success.
The reinvention had four broad goals:
(1) More students earning college credentials of economic value.
(2) More students transferring to four-year schools after graduating from City Colleges.
(3) Drastic improvement in remediation outcomes.
(4) More students in GED, ESL, and basic skill classes moving into college-level courses.
To achieve these goals, a "collaborative" process was set up: task forces managed by Bisarya's office and made up of appointed (and paid) constituents from the college community (faculty, staff, and students) would spend a semester studying one of eight predetermined areas. By the end of the semester they would come up with recommendations that would, according to a slick, 44-page "Reinvention" brochure, be evaluated by "CCC leadership." Sixty task force members were selected from 300 volunteers; each task force worked with an external "advisory council" made up primarily of businesspeople.
The four goals quickly became a mantra, though no numerical targets were attached to them. What was spelled out in hard numbers was a case for change that made it clear that the City Colleges—at least in recent years—have been stupendous failures. One of the biggest community college systems in the country, CCC has 120,000 students on seven campuses and seven satellite locations. But, according to data cited by Hyman, very few CCC students who are seeking a degree or certificate actually get it. The City Colleges graduation rate, calculated by following first-time, full-time students for three years, is just 7 percent.
That's the most controversial figure in the reinvention story, but it's not the only bad news CCC's been spreading about itself. A video on the official reinvention website, backed by a bouncy score, notes that more than half of first-year students drop out during or after their first semester. The reinvention brochure points out, among many statistics it cites, that only 16 percent of CCC students manage to transfer to a four-year university and a mere 4 or 5 percent wind up with a bachelor's degree.
And then there's the stat that explains a lot of those dismal numbers: more than 90 percent of CCC students require remedial work. Among those coming from Chicago Public Schools, it's 97 percent.
Every faculty member I spoke with took issue with the way the graduation rate, cited frequently by both the chancellor and the mayor, was calculated. They say limiting the group to first-time full-time students, with a deadline of three years, can't be representative of schools where the majority of students are part-timers, holding down jobs and/or juggling families, and where many (at CCC about half) are in noncredit classes, not necessarily aiming for an associate's degree. And they say claims of declining enrollment, also prominently cited in the arguments for reinvention, are misleading and "erroneous," tilted by huge programs that have been phased out (including one on military bases that served 32,000 students). On the contrary, they say, relevant enrollment actually increased between 2006 and 2010 by more than 13,000 students.
One of those pissed-off profs is Wright College humanities department chair Sheldon Liebman, who notes that the same district research office that put out the 7 percent figure conducted a six-year study concluded in 2008 that had CCC's graduation rate at about double Hyman's figure: 13.3 percent. (When Hyman's team, in response to this argument, lengthened the time span to six years, they got 13 percent as well.)
"Here we are, working hard, in many cases for half the salary of university professors, teaching five courses instead of three, an earnest, dedicated staff," Liebman says. "I'm afraid that when you bring in businesspeople, they just don't understand it. There's a real disconnect between the dedication and seriousness and ability on one side, and a kind of distrust and lack of experience on the other." Meanwhile, Liebman says, "decisions that have been made supposedly in the interest of improving education have been wrongheaded."
Among them, a corporate-style push for centralization that, among other things, replaced individual graduations this spring with one unwieldy combined ceremony at the UIC Pavilion, and an expensive rebranding effort, including an arbitrary change in each school's logo and colors that many perceive as an attempt to diminish the individual identities of the colleges. Then there was the new zero-based budgeting, introduced with a nearly zero time frame.
But the most startling was the simultaneous dumping of four of the seven college presidents. (Only Laackman and another relatively recent hire, Daley College president Jose Aybar, were given a pass; the former head of internal audit at the district office is serving as interim president at Kennedy-King.) Told in February that they'd need to reapply for their jobs because of a "new job description," they were all replaced in June.
Hyman says she saved $30 million by making cuts this year. She laid off 225 "non-instructional" employees (about 40 from the district office) and is adding advisers, financial aid counselors, and 66 full-time faculty. But she's also added to the upper echelons of her staff. The Central District Office operating budget for 2012 is nearly $62 million, about the same as the budget for Truman College or Wright. And Hyman's top officials now include nine vice chancellors, a chief of staff, a chief operating officer, and a "chief advisor to the board of trustees," all drawing $100,000-plus salaries.
"Meanwhile," says Liebman, "we have classrooms of 35 to 40. And the average ACT score is 17. Reading levels are [often] fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. As far as we're concerned, we're quite successful when somebody comes back the next year."
At the June meeting of the board, with the discarded presidents lined up in front of the trustees like so many sitting ducks, All-College Faculty Council president Polly Hoover reported on the "profound disappointment of the faculty" about the process of the presidents' replacements and the "erosion" of shared governance. "We support the goals of reinvention if they reflect a nuanced understanding of the complexities of the issues," Hoover said, noting that "the faculty have been here before; we've undergone waves of reforms with little substantive change. Consequently, we are profoundly skeptical and cautious. We hope this is a brave new world. We fear it is Huxley's brave new world."
A new provost, Kojo Quartey, was hired last month without input from the faculty. Quartey is an economist and former dean of the business school at Davenport University, a private, nonprofit institution in Michigan with an enrollment of about 13,000 students. At press time, the list of task force recommendations had not yet been posted, but it's a safe bet that the reinvention will show positive results. From the baseline that's been drawn, there's nowhere to go but up. Whether the numbers will be meaningful for students is another question. Hoover says, for example, that students who are transferring to a four-year college don't really need everything that's required for the two-year degree, which is why many of them haven't bothered with it. The graduation rate went up this year, she says, "simply because we were out there pushing it."
And if those fears of colleges being turned into factories, cranking out degrees like so many widgets—faster, faster, cheaper, cheaper—seem overblown, consider the remarkable new tutoring program developed under Aybar at Daley College that's said to be doubling pass rates for remedial courses.
Its official acronym is CASH-to-ROI. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tomorrow CCC Board Meeting - We Will Be Heard!

Thursday morning, June 16th, the Board of Trustees is set to approve the new presidents.  We're concentrating our forces to show the Board that these sorts of decisions are not acceptable to the people! It's time they responded to our demands, so bring your co-workers, families, neighbors and friends.

8:45 am - RUSH-HOUR RALLY @ District Office 226 W. Jackson
Bring signs and anything that makes noise!


10:00 am - JAM the Board of Trustees' meeting, 226 W. Jackson Room 300 
*Remember to send an e-mail to requesttospeak@ccc.edu with your name, who you are, and the general subject you will raise to the Board -- you'll be sent a confirmation e-mail.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chancellor Hyman Fires College Presidents...

Save City Colleges has learned according to Ron Anderson that the Chancellor and Board Chairman have decided to fire the College Presidents at Wright College, Malcolm X College and Truman College. They will keep the President at Daley College despite the fact that he was the only President whose faculty was poised for a vote of No Confidence in his leadership ability.

The Chancellor and Mayor are scheduled to be at Harold Washington College today to make a "major announcement" Wonder what it will be. Yesterday salaries were released in the Mayor's effort to create a "new transparency". Transparency however, does not extend to the City Colleges. CCC salaries were not released, so let's start at the top: Chancellor Cheryl Hyman who has no educational background, who is unable to speak standard English, who feels that our 1708 staff are asking for too much when they request a fair wage, Chancellor Hyman who got her job based on her connection/relationship with Mr. Frank Clark from Commonwealth Edison, with perks and benefits makes well over $275,000 a year. Why was this salary not released?

Stay tuned for the political appointments of individuals connected with the Civic Consulting Alliance, displaced workers from City Hall and other FOC. (FRIENDS OF CHERYL)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Once Again CCC Leadership Fails to Act in Good Faith... Prepare for more budget(people) cuts at your campus.

Although he scheduled the meeting, CCC Board Chairman Martin Cabrera and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman were both no shows as concerned members of the Save City Colleges Coalition were asked to leave Malcolm X College. (See video below) It appears that the Chairman and Chancellor believe that they can continue to remain silent, that the concerns of the students, faculty, staff and the community do not need to be addressed.

In the meantime the Chancellor continues with her frivolous spending on new logos, school color changes and Reinvention and Presidential Search Consultants when she knows exactly who she wants to be President at each of the six colleges.  After making her "case for change" and manipulating data to tell anyone who would listen that the City Colleges only has a 7% graduation rate, the Chancellor now wonders why enrollment across the entire district is down. Now all of the sudden (after Mayor Emanuel lends his support to remediation) the Chancellor and her Reinvention consultant from Mckinsey & Company, Dr. Alvin Bisarya publically admit to the Chicago Sun Times (May 29, 2011) that more than 30% of students entering colleges do not meet the basic standards in math, reading or English. WOW! You mean to tell me that students are coming to the City Colleges from CPS unprepared???? Go figure! The City Colleges needed to spend over five million dollars in new executive hires at district office to make this discovery?

Hopefully the new Board members will look critically at the actions of the Chancellor and the Board Chairman and put an end to the mismanagement that has been allowed to flourish under Cheryl Hyman's "LEADERSHIP".  Please plan to attend the next CCC Board meeting Thursday June 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the new lavishly remodeled Board Room at the City Colleges district office 226 West Jackson room 300, arrive early to secure a seat. The CCC Board of Trustees needed this room remodeled; after all they meet once a month for 2 hours, another waste of taxpayer's money while our students continue to suffer from lack of resources and our campuses are in disrepair. Look at your campus, notice the weeds, the peeling paint, the lack of adequate lighting, this list can go on and on. Send this blog photos of your campus; let's ask the Chancellor how she can justify the funding of a new Board Room at district office when the campuses need so much. How many millions did this new Board Room cost?

Attend the meeting, discover the Chancellor's new Presidential Picks, and let your voice be heard regarding upcoming budget cuts that are now planned for every campus to the tune of millions. There is a reason why the 1708 contract is being stalled. Let's ask that the cuts be made at district office, where NO students will be impacted. This is how it was done recently at CPS.

See video below

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Important Meeting Thursday May 26, 2011

Say NO to the corporate takeover of the City Colleges of Chicago!

Say NO to the dismantling of public sector unions!

Say NO to layoffs of 1708 and 1600 staff and the cuts to programs and services for students and our communities!

Defend union rights and civil rights! Join  coalition efforts to halt the assault on the City Colleges of Chicago.

             May 26 6:00pm Meeting
Malcolm X College - 1900 W. Van Buren St.
on the "reinvention" of the 7 City Colleges

Monday, May 16, 2011

CCC Announces First Presidential Replacement. Is This What Our Colleges Have to Look Forward To?

On Friday the City Colleges of Chicago released a special announcement indicating that the replacement for Kennedy-King Colleges departing President John H. Dozier would be none other than Mr. Derrick Harden.  While we understand the District’s March 21st appointment of Mr. Donald Laackman at Harold Washington College based on his connection to the Civic Consulting Alliance and other notable high profile connections that would lead to a Presidential appointment with no experience in higher education, all are perplexed at this recent appointment.

When the Chancellor made the decision to require all President’s (except Don Laackman) to reapply for their positions it was clear that she wanted to rid herself of all experienced leadership. The City Colleges allegedly paid a firm over $330,000 to conduct a National Presidential Search.   

So why the push for another inexperienced Presidential Seat Filler?  Mr. Derrick Harden began his tenure at CCC under former Chancellor Wayne Watson as an Internal Auditor. Receiving vigorous support from Chancellor Hyman’s Chief of Staff Mr. Ron Anderson, Mr. Harden was promoted to Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Staff Development on December 6, 2010.  Being woefully ill-prepared for the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources position, on January 12, 2011 Mr. Harden was moved to yet another position, Managing Director of Special Projects (whatever that means).

On April 7, 2011 Mr. Harden was then moved to Kennedy-King College as Interim President. With no higher education administration experience and the very transient nature of Mr. Harden’s work history, it is clear that the Chancellor and her Chief of Staff are working very hard to find a place for Mr. Harden. This appears to be just another case of “Positions for the Friends of Cheryl”.  During the recent Presidential search process the committee selected by Chancellor Hyman and charged with selecting candidates to move to the second round of interviews with the Chancellor; did not think very highly of Mr. Harden, in fact of the multiple committee members voting, Mr. Harden only received one vote.

Again to the rescue, the Chancellor’s Chief of Staff Mr. Ron Anderson who insisted that Mr. Harden be sent to the next round interviews despite the fact that he received only one vote.

It is clear that the Presidential search process was merely a sham, a way for the Chancellor to continue her patronage hiring.  It is also clear that there have been numerous CCC ethics violations and CCC Board Rule violations. What is not clear is who will throw whom under the bus once the subpoenas and Freedom of Information Act requests are issued.  The new Presidents should be announced in June. If this appointment is indicative of what the colleges have to look forward to; we are all in very serious trouble. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stop CCC Fraud, Patronage Hiring, Academic and Fiscal Mismanagement!

Join the Protest
Monday May 16, 2011

Join faculty, students, CCC staff and members of the City Colleges of Chicago community on Monday May 16th at 9:00 a.m. we will meet at Roosevelt University
430 South Michigan Avenue. 
At 9:30 a.m. we will march to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Join us in letting Mayor Emanuel, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Vice President Joe Biden know that we are collectively taking a stand to

Mass Graduation - We Want Your Feedback!

How was your experience at the City College of Chicago 2011 Mass Graduation?  Please post your comments and give us your feedback.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Labor Beat: Stop Chicago City Colleges New District Policies

Please watch on Labor Beat (url below) the video of the press conference held at City Hall last Friday protesting the Reinvention policies. We need more events like these and more students, faculty, staff, and community supporters organized to expose and oppose the Reinvention.

You can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL24LnjGhow

Thanks to the Labor Beat crew for covering the event.

Top 10 Questions to Ponder Before CCC Mass Graduation

  1. Will the traditional graduation march song be played at graduation or a top 40 show song be played instead?  Not the black eyed peas song again…a college graduation is not a marathon or a trade show.
  2. Will the Chancellor wear a doctorate gown at graduation?  Will CCC administrators wear gowns like uniforms or will they display the education institutions or degrees they actually earned?
  3. Will the President’s sit in the front and pass out the degree’s to the students.  The same student’s they served or will the new Vice Chancellors sit in the front with Cheryl and be given the honor the President’s deserve?
  4. Will Mayor Daley be presented with an honorary President status or has the President’s role been so disrespected at CCC he would rather be presented with an honorary degree instead?
  5. Will the new “college branch” logos be presented at the mass graduation?  Is this the Reinvention way to obtain the input from each college?  First Cheryl copied ComEd’s logo now St. Louis Community College logo.
  6. Will the cost of the mass graduation be published in the board’s meeting minutes or is it buried in the cost of a vendor contract?
  7. Will students respect a Chancellor that rather host a mass graduation at UIC vs. holding it at the local colleges so more family and community members could attend?
  8. Will the old Board Members be attending the mass graduation or will they be disrespected like our Presidents?
  9. Will Cheryl actually speak at the graduation without reading a speech?  “Now all the children that earned a nursing Bachelorette degree please stand.”
  10. Will Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel continue to allow Cheryl Hyman make these decisions to put her in the spot light and not honor the hard working students at City Colleges of Chicago at graduation?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Emanuel to retain some City Colleges leaders

By Kristen Mack and Jodi Cohen, Tribune reporters

Rahm Emanuel is keeping some of outgoing Mayor Richard Daley's leadership team at the City Colleges of Chicago so it can see through a plan to "reinvent" the system.

The mayor-elect announced Monday that Cheryl Hyman will stay on as chancellor and Martin Cabrera Jr. will remain board chairman.

"I am bringing the rest of the board to the table, not to waver, but to double down on this type of reform and reinvention of City Colleges," Emanuel said of several new trustees he named to oversee the seven community colleges in Chicago.

New to the board is Ellen Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation, who will serve as board vice chairman. The Joyce Foundation was one of four nonprofit groups that provided money for Emanuel's mayoral transition.

Also new are Charles Jenkins, senior pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church; Marisela Lawson, a partner at management consultant firm the Sagence Group; Larry Rogers Sr., a trial lawyer; and Paula Wolff, the former president of Governors State University who is a senior executive at Chicago Metropolis 2020. Staying on is Everett Rand, who is part owner of Midway Airport Concessions.

City Colleges began the "reinvention" plan in November, an effort to rethink which programs to offer and to improve students' dismal transfer rate to four-year colleges and universities. About 16 percent of students make such transfers, and only 4 to 5 percent receive a bachelor's degree, according to data provided by the system.

Last year, Hyman suggested City Colleges reconsider its open-enrollment policy because many of its students needed remedial classes to prepare for college-level work. Providing that extra help cost the system $30 million a year. Emanuel said it's his preference to maintain an open-enrollment system, but that doesn't mean the board will necessarily agree.

Searches are under way for presidents at all but one of the seven city colleges. The current presidents had to reapply for their jobs.

Also Monday, Emanuel once again defended his choice of Jean-Claude Brizard to lead Chicago Public Schools.

"Did he ruffle feathers? I sure hope he did," Emanuel said of Brizard's three-year tenure as schools superintendent in Rochester, N.Y. The Tribune reported last week that Brizard was the target of least two federal lawsuits, including an ongoing discrimination case.

Emanuel noted that Arne Duncan, the former Chicago schools CEO who is now U.S. secretary of education, faced similar lawsuits.

Emanuel keeps City Colleges leaders, signals support for open enrollment

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter fspielman@suntimes.com Apr 26, 2011 2:08AM

The leadership team chosen by Mayor Daley to re-invent Chicago City Colleges got a new lease on life from Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on Monday, but their plan to end open enrollment may bite the dust.
Emanuel declared his preference for retaining the open-door admissions policy after announcing his decision to keep City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and Board Chairman Martin Cabrera Jr. and “double-down” on their reform agenda — by appointing five new board members.
“I’m not gonna nit-pick different decisions. I expect them to offer and present the leadership that’s necessary. But, I want that type of open enrollment. That’s my preference,” Emanuel told reporters at Olive Harvey College, 100001 S. Woodlawn.
Last year, Hyman and then-Board Chairman Gery Chico raised the revolutionary idea of ending the open door admissions policy.
They argued that the financially-strapped system could no longer afford the $30 million-a-year cost of providing remedial classes for students who can’t cut it. They maintained that those students might be better and more inexpensively served throughout programs run by alternative high schools.
Daley was all for the idea.
“How can you take someone who has an eighth-grade reading level into a college. ... If they have to put ‘em all in remediation, they’re really not in a college system,” Daley told reporters last spring.
“There’s a huge remedial program of $30 million they’re running now. If you want to make it a quality City College [system]. You need quality.”
Hyman is the former Orr High School drop-out who left home to escape drug-addicted parents, attended Olive-Harvey College and rose to become a Commonwealth Edison executive, then chancellor.
“Her life path is a testament to the enormous potential of City Colleges,” Emanuel said.
Hyman, Cabrera and board member Everett Rand will be joined by five new members: Joyce Foundation President Ellen Alberding; former Governors State University President Paula Wolff; attorney Larry Rogers Sr.; management consultant Marisela Lawson and Charles Jenkins, pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
Their mission is to speed the “re-invention” of a City Colleges system that, Emanuel claims, is still not serving inner-city kids.
“This is their ticket to the middle-class. It may be their ticket to a four-year institution and it may be their ticket to a job. But when they graduate, that diploma has to mean something,” Emanuel said.
“You cannot have a school system with a seven percent graduation rate when others are competing at 22 or 25 percent. You cannot have a system that has declining enrollment when other city colleges around the country are seeing enrollment expand. That says something.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Who is the new CPS CEO and how will he carry out Rahm's education agenda?

While researching the new CPS CEO, Mr. Brizard, I wasn't surprised by my findings.....  
He was born in Haiti and raised in poverty in a New York housing project by his immigrant parents — both teachers — Jean-Claude Brizard had to fight his way to the top.  Good Story...sounds familiar?  
When you dig deeper you will understand why Rochester's educators wanted him to leave, banded together in a 94% vote of no confidence, and held public demonstrations: 
Jean-Claude Brizard holds a corporate, privatization agenda which we recognize as an agenda hostile to the best interests of the students and the people of the community.  This agenda blatantly disregards student and community voices and devalues engaged citizens, especially when they don't blindly obey the privateer-pushed profit-driven direction held by "Business Driven Leaders".  The people in Rochester who resisted this agenda and fought for positive, research-based alternatives stand in solidarity with us in Chicago who continue this struggle. The sooner more recognize this for what it is in Chicago and organize and mobilize throughout the nation, the better. For those interested in more knowledge on how this agenda has unfolded in Rochester and likely will continue in Chicago, you can read additional information on 
Here's a clip of Sharkey at a CTU press conference, criticizing Brizard's position on merit pay and several other school policies:

Chicago Sun-times: Rahm Emanuel announced his Chicago Public Schools team on Monday, tapping Jean-Claude Brizard, the Rochester, N.Y schools chief as his Chief Executive Officer. Business executive Penny Pritzker--who led the Obama fund-raising drive in 2008--is named by Emanuel as a CPS board member. Names of other top appointees and their bios: 


No one in this city should be confused about where Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel wants to take the Chicago Public Schools. 


Monday, April 18, 2011

Cheryl Has to Go!!!

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named Rochester, N.Y., schools Supt. Jean-Claude Brizard on Monday as Chicago’s new schools chief.  Jean-Claude Brizard has an education and business background.  Emanuel said he didn’t end up having to pick between an educator and a manager in deciding to bring in Brizard.“Choosing between a manager and an experienced educator is a false choice,” Emanuel said. He said Brizard has shown himself to be both an excellent teacher “and a proven manager.”

Why does City Colleges of Chicago have a Chancellor without an education background and no proven leadership experience?  Cheryl Hyman only had a good story (from Rags to Riches)... she only had one year experience as a Vice President at ComEd, no education background, and no doctorate degree (despite the robe she will wear during graduation).  Students deserve better...we deserve better.  

Student's we want to praise and applaud you for your demonstration last week!  Here's a few clips from Friday's protest. 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Student Protest at District Office

This Friday!!!
April 15, 2011
Student Protest at District
226 W. Jackson Street
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Watch this video - be inspired!

Let's support our students! Let's support our community!  Let's support our colleges!  Our voices must be heard!  

Below is the media coverage from the rally that took place this past Wednesday!


Monday, April 11, 2011

So When Does It Become Our Fight?

Over the past couple of weeks I have heard many of my colleagues say “This is not our fight.” This has become an all too common lament concerning the most recent events at the City Colleges of Chicago. I have had students ask me “So where do you stand?” While I am not comfortable having those conversations with our students, after hearing them on the radio Friday night it became evident to me that not only are our students fighting for themselves, they are also fighting for us. During the radio interview the host asked the students “So what are your concerns?” The student leader quickly responded, “For each six figure salary paid to a person at the district office two new faculty could be hired.” The student leader was absolutely right. My question is why are we not saying that? When does it become our fight? Does it become our fight only when it’s time to negotiate our contract?
Does it become our fight when the Chancellor and the Board finally come to the realization that the new Presidents they plan to hire will never be able to fulfill the “performance measures” approved by the Board because their non academic background does not prepare them to even know how to address those measures?
Does it become our fight when those same Presidents point the finger at faculty and say that as faculty we failed to retain, graduate or facilitate transfer for our students?
Does it become our fight when the decision is made to outsource remediation, thereby reducing our college enrollment, thereby reducing the need for a large number of our adult educators?
Does it become our fight when the Reinvention consultants decide to eliminate more programs on the campuses thereby reducing the number of faculty needed to teach courses that serve as prerequisites for those same programs?
Does it become our fight with the announcement of the next reduction in force and the loss of more clerical staff and laboratory assistants?
Does it become our fight when this zero based budget (which is code for your department is getting ZERO) determined by people at the district office who don’t have a clue about what we do or what it takes to run our classrooms on a daily basis; is mandated by the Chancellor-an individual who has demonstrated in her own affairs that in addition to the English language, budgeting is not within her skill set.
At what point do we stand up and acknowledge that Yes, this is our fight? At what point do we support the students who are attempting to support us? At what point do we support our brothers and sisters in 1708 whom have suffered the greatest loss and have yet to receive a fair contract and a decent wage? 1708 who continue to be strung along, with no contract while millions of dollars are spent at the district office on consultants? We have all seen the news, read the Board reports and know about the hiring of ill-prepared people at ridiculously high salaries at the District office. We all know that the Chancellor and her Vice Chancellor minions are trying to run seven independently accredited institutions of higher education from the District office.
With all due respect to the history and struggles of my African-American colleagues I make mention of this not to minimize that struggle but rather to highlight a comparison that is undeniable. What is currently happening at the City Colleges of Chicago is akin to the indoctrination of slavery. Once the slave was purchased the first thing to happen was that his or her name was changed. The slave was renamed by the Master, new school logos, and new school colors. The slave had no individual identity other than being known as a house slave, at district or a field slave, on the campus. House slaves always lived at bit better than the field slaves because house slaves were in closer proximity to the Master.
Slaves were taught that they were dumb and they needed the Master to survive, as in the CCC “case for change”. The slave was constantly reminded that he or she had no power, no right to self-authorship, no rights period. No autonomy for any campus, everything must be approved by District Office. Everything must be approved by a Vice Chancellor. Everything must be approved by Cheryl Hyman.
Finally the slave was indoctrinated to love their Master; so much so that many slaves turned on each other, or extolled the virtues of the Master, notice your campus Administrators as they try to sell you on the reinvention at meetings and in conversation.
Like you, I am concerned about possible retaliation. In these economic times, who does not need their job? But let’s face it, we can be promised shared governance. We can be promised academic freedom. We can be promised a lot of things. The reality is that the promises are empty. The decisions are being made by the Chancellor, the Board Chairman and the half million dollar consulting firms that are deciding on ourschool logos, our school colors, our school programs and our student’s graduation.
When does it become our fight?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Students on the Kendall Moore Show at 7:00 PM (WVON - AM 1690)

At the April Board Meeting, the students spoke in opposition of the Reinvention plan.  They had over 1,000 student signatures - needing answers on how the Reinvention Plan is related to student success.  

They want answers and tonight their voices will be heard again.

City College of Chicago Students will be featured on Kendall Moore Show (WVON - AM 1690) tonight, April 8th, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Please show your support by calling in at 773-591-1690.  This is your time to show our students support - let's save our Students, Presidents, Community, and Institution!

Just a few points that will be discussed on his show -
·         Outrageous spending by Cheryl Hyman (over 5 million in new hires, logo & web-site changes, district upgrades and new office furniture for Vice Chancellors, etc.)
·         How is the Reinvention Plan tied to student success?
·         Who is Civic Consultant Alliance?
·         If the Board, Community, Faculty, and Students selected the Presidents – why are they being forced out of their jobs?
·         How did Cheryl get appointed as Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago?
·         What is the mission of City Colleges of Chicago and how the new direction of CCC will hurt the African American Community?
·         Why are the students being forced to participate in a mass graduation?
·         What is the working environment like at CCC since Cheryl Hyman became Chancellor.