Newsviews: Forrest Claypool

ByRob Elgas WLS logo
Sunday, August 2, 2015
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Forrest Claypool, the new CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, talks about the challenges that face the district.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- This past week, a new man officially took the helm of the Chicago Public Schools. But he's a familiar face.

Forrest Claypool most recently served as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief of staff. He also led the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Park District.

Now, he's overseeing a school district dealing with a budget shortfall that tops a billion dollars, a huge pension debt and ongoing teacher contract negotiations.

When asked why he wanted this job, Claypool said: "Nothing's more important than schools and kids."

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool was our guest on Newsviews this week.

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