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 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