CEO of Chicago Public Schools Replaced After Only 17 Months

4798Mayor Rahm Emanuel's efforts to improve Chicago's schools are facing yet more upheaval after his hand-picked CEO, Jean-Claude Brizard, resigned just three weeks after the end of the city's first teachers strike in a quarter century.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2012 file photo, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard delivers a presentation at a Chicago Board of Education meeting in Chicago. On Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, Brizard stepped down from the post by mutual agreement after a little more than a year in the post. The move comes about three weeks after CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union resolved the first teachers strike in the city in a quarter century. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong, File)
Emanuel has called a news conference for Friday morning to introduce Brizard's replacement. She is Barbara Byrd-Bennett, a former teacher and administrator from Cleveland who had been filling in as Chicago's interim chief education officer and played a far more visible role than did Brizard in the teacher contract negotiations.

Both Emanuel and Brizard, who had only been on the job 17 months, said the decision was mutual and arose after questions about Brizard's management became a distraction to Emanuel's ambitious school reform goals.

Source: The AP
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