Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO, Janice Jackson announced her resignation today. In a letter to CPS families she said, “It’s time to pass the torch to new leadership”. Then Mayor Rahm Emmanuel appointed Janice Jackson to the role in 2018. Her appointment was herald as a step in the right direction. Jackson was seen as someone who understood the Chicago Public school system as a CPS Alum, teacher, administrator and CPS parent.
During her time as CEO, Janice Jackson navigated a teachers strike, ongoing battles with the Chicago Teachers Union and the challenges of educating students in the middle of a pandemic. Under her leadership student, test scores and graduation rates increased. The Chicago Teachers Union released a statement saying, “The next chief executive that Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints must work with educators to implement the common good standards won in our contract, and as the city of Chicago awaits
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