Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson Announces Resignation

CPS CEO Janice Jackson announces she is stepping down on Monday, May 3, 2021. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Janice Jackson is leaving her post as CEO of Chicago Public Schools when her contract expires at the end of June.

Jackson made the announcement in a letter to CPS staff, saying in part, “While I feel there is still more work to be done in CPS, I also believe it is time to pass the torch to new leadership for the next chapter.  Therefore, after careful deliberation, I have made the tough decision not to renew my contract as CEO, which expires on June 30, 2021.”

In a press conference Monday,  the former Social Studies teacher, chief academic officer, district parent said, “This job has been all that I’ve dreamt of and sometimes a little bit more than that.”

“As I looked back on what we’ve done I am both proud and humbled and also a little tired if I’m being honest,” she added.

Jackson has led CPS since former Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her in July of 2015. She presided over increasing graduation rates and an expansion of academic programming. But there was turbulence from a 2019 Chicago Teachers Union strike, to an abuse scandal to last year’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Her departure along with the exit of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer leaves the district without its top three officials.

Mayor Lightfoot, in what sounded like a peace offer extended to the Chicago Teachers Union, discussed what comes next.

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SOURCE: WGN TV, Tahman Bradley

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