From Chicago Tribune by Tara Malone and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
The Chicago Public Schools board on Wednesday gave the district's newest steward, Jean-Claude Brizard, what none of his recent predecessors had: a contract.

Brizard will be judged by the academic performance of Chicago's public school students on measures ranging from how many 3- and 4-year-olds enroll in preschool to how many high school students graduate in at least five years under his three-year deal.

With a base compensation of $250,000, Brizard will take home more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Brizard's assignments during the next three years include:
  • Increasing the percentage of high schoolers who graduate within five years from 55.8 to 60 percent.
  • Improving from 27 to 35 percent the number of high schoolers who earn at least a 20 out of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam, considered the minimum score for college readiness.
  • Enrolling more CPS graduates in college, going from 54.4 to 65 percent.
  • Lifting the percentage of students passing the state standardized test for third-grade reading from 57.8 to 70 percent.
  • Enrolling more children in preschool and kindergarten.
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