The resignation of Barbara Byrd-Bennett ends a tumultuous tenure as CEO of Chicago's Public Schools. She oversaw the closing of 50 public schools in neighborhoods of color, the manipulation of school classifications to give the appearance of improvement, and used her position at CPS to help her friends' companies profit at the expense of our children's education.
We believe this is an opportunity to root out the corruption that plagues the Board of Education. Chicago's students deserve better than well-connected, millionaire elitists that use their position to help make profits for their buddies off the backs of our children.
Byrd-Bennett's resignation will not end of the dissent and disappointment among parents, students, and communities. It is further proof that Chicago must have an accountable school board; one that is elected and representative of the people who utilize Chicago's Public Schools.