NewsViews: New CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett

October 13, 2012 10:00:00 PM PDT
On this NewsViews, the newly appointed head of the Chicago Public Schools talks to ABC7's Alan Krashesky.

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.