CEO replaced after 17 months
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard stepped down Thursday after a little more than a year in the post, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
Brizard’s departure comes weeks after the school district endured its first strike by teachers in 25 years.
Emanuel named Brizard to the post 17 months ago. Brizard previously held a similar position in the Rochester, N.Y., public schools. He is being replaced with Barbara Byrd-Bennett, a former teacher, principal and Cleveland schools CEO who has been filling in as Chicago’s interim chief education officer.
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