Barbara Byrd-Bennett

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Barbara Byrd–Bennett
Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools
In office
October 11, 2012 – June 15, 2015
Preceded by Jean-Claude Brizard
Succeeded by Forrest Claypool
Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Municipal School District
In office
September 23, 1998 – August 17, 2006
Personal details
Born (1951-04-12) April 12, 1951 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Profession Educator

Barbara Byrd–Bennett (born April 12, 1951) is an American educator.

Career[change | change source]

Byrd–Bennett was the Chief Executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools district and the Cleveland Municipal School District. Byrd–Bennett served as CEO of the Cleveland Municipal School District from 1998 to 2006.[1] From 2009 to 2011, she was the academic and accountability officer for the Detroit Public Schools system.[2] She was hired as the Chicago Public Schools' chief education advisor in April 2012[1] and then named CEO by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel six months later.[3][4]

Illegal activity[change | change source]

She resigned from CPS in 2015 amid a bribery investigation,[5] which led to her pleading guilty to multiple charges.[6] She could go to jail for 7 and a half years.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Patrick O'Donnell. "Former Cleveland schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett becomes CEO of Chicago Public Schools". The Plain Dealer. cleveland.com. October 12, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2013.
  2. Ryan Beene. "Detroit Public Schools appoints Barbara Byrd-Bennett as chief academic officer. Crain's Detroit Business. April 24, 2009. Retrieved on March 22, 2013.
  3. Mayor Emanuel Names Barbara Byrd-Bennett New CEO. Chicago Public Schools. October 12, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2013.
  4. Whet Moser. "Barbara Byrd-Bennett Replaces Jean-Claude Brizard as Head of Chicago Public Schools". Chicago Magazine. October 12, 2012. Retrieved on March 22, 2013.
  5. Juan Perez, Jr. "CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation". Chicago Tribune. June 1, 2015. Retrieved on June 2, 2015.
  6. Meisner, Jason; Perez Jr., Juan (October 13, 2015). "Ex-CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty, tearfully apologizes to students". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 13, 2015.