The Chicago Teachers Union today called on new schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard to release the full terms of his contract.
On Tuesday, Brizard told reporters that his salary was set at $250,000 in the final contract. The school board had agreed to pay him at that rate through June 30, while the terms of his final contract were still being negotiated.
The salary is $20,000 more than the base salary of former schools CEO Ron Huberman.
Brizard would not discuss benefits or other terms of the contract under negotiation, but the union said it would be filing a Freedom of Information Act request to get the details.
“Chicago parents and taxpayers deserve transparency,” said CTU president Karen Lewis in a press release. “It is simply unacceptable that the board plans to withhold the details of Mr. Brizard’s contract until after they approve it.
“Clearly Mr. Brizard knows the terms if he can confidently assert, as he did yesterday, that his raise is set in stone. This is part of a troubling pattern where critical information about our schools is withheld from the public.”
CPS spokesman Becky Carroll said in a written statement, “there’s nothing more that Jean-Claude welcomes than the opportunity for the CTU, parents, teachers and principals to review the terms of this contract and learn how he will be held accountable to deliver results for children in the Chicago Public School system. This contract is still under negotiation and should be approved by the Board of Education this month. It will then be available for all the public to review.”