NewsViews: New CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett

October 14, 2012 (CHICAGO)

In a big shakeup at the top of the Chicago Public Schools system, Jean-Claude Brizard is out -- after just a year as chief executive officer. Replacing him is Bennett, the school system's former Chief Education Officer.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel made that announcement at a news conference Friday.

So who is Barbara Byrd-Bennett?

Before being named as the new CEO, she served as interim chief education officer for CPS.

Bennett is also the former CEO of Cleveland Public Schools and has worked as a teacher and a principal.

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