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Chicago Schools CEO quits (with Video)

Barbara Byrd-Bennett has been on a leave of absence while a federal investigation looks into allegations of conflict of interest

Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned, more than a month after she took a leave of absence in the midst of a federal investigation into corruption.

WGN-TV reports that Byrd-Bennett notified the board in writing last week of her decision to resign, effective Monday. (Here is a copy of the letter.)

Byrd-Bennett took a leave of absence in April after it was revealed that federal authorities were looking into what role Byrd-Bennett's played in a contract the district granted to The SUPES Academy, a firm based in Wilmette, Ill., that trains principals and superintendents. Byrd-Bennett had worked as a coach for SUPES prior to joining the Chicago school system.

Byrd-Bennett began working for Chicago Public Schools in 2012 as chief education officer in 2012 and became CEO later that year after the resignation of Jean-Claude Brizard. Byrd-Bennett also has been a school administrator in Detroit, Cleveland and New York City.


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