During her time as Chicago Public Schools CEO, Janice Jackson has weathered many a storm – everything from inheriting an ethics investigation to contentious school closures, and most recently, steering the nation’s third-largest public school system through a pandemic.

Now, the announcement of her departure at the end of June comes at an inopportune time for the district, as the recent resignation of two other key leaders leaves CPS with no obvious successor. CPS announced the search for a new CEO will include a public participation component, and the Board of Education says they hope to have Jackson’s replacement selected by the end of July.

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Chicago Board of Education President Miguel Del Valle calls the public participation component, which will involve more than 30 focus groups and hundreds

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