Chicago Public Schools names top education leader

Chicago Tribune –

A Chicago-born product of the city’s public schools, Janice Jackson grew up one of five children who were regularly drilled on the importance of education by their parents.

“I would just say my father was an extreme proponent of a quality education,” Jackson said in a brief interview Thursday after being introduced as the new chief education officer for Chicago Public Schools. “He pushed us to receive a quality education.”
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Jackson assumes a role last filled by Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who held it for several months before becoming the district’s CEO in the fall of 2012. Byrd-Bennett resigned earlier this year amid a federal investigation linked to a no-bid contract the district awarded to one of her former employers.

Denise Little, a longtime district official who most recently was Jackson’s supervisor, was named a top education adviser to Forrest Claypool, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new district CEO.
“My goal is not to make as much of a splash, as it is to understand what everyone’s role is in this complex ecosystem.” If you can’t articulate a rationale for what you’ll do for an organization in crisis beyond that, you do not deserve the job. More, your job does…

While Claypool’s chief task will be fixing the district’s broken finances, Jackson and Little will be responsible for articulating and implementing policies and procedures for educating close to 400,000 students.

Claypool, Jackson said, will make needed operational and managerial changes, leaving her to oversee the district’s day-to-day academic operations. She said she is proponent of Common Core curriculum, the district’s teacher evaluation system and its efforts to cultivate better school leaders.

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