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Full Statement From Jean-Claude Brizard

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard talks with public school principals at a roundtable discussion about issues critical to contract talks in the ongoing Chicago teachers' strike on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard talks with public school principals at a roundtable discussion about issues critical to contract talks in the ongoing Chicago teachers’ strike on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

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More than three weeks after the Chicago teachers’ strike ended, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is out by “mutual agreement,” after less than 18 months heading the city’s school system.

Statement from Jean-Claude Brizard:

In my 26 year career in education, I have had many different roles with one commitment — the success of students.

As an educator, I knew for students to be successful here in Chicago we needed to refocus the District to work on the fundamentals of teaching and learning, developing a new framework for teaching. Some have called it a masterpiece. The credit belongs to my hard-working team including many teachers and principals who contributed to the work.

As the district leader, I am proud of the results we achieved in such a short time: graduation rates are up, test scores are improving, a higher percentage of freshman are on track for graduation, we achieved the lowest one-year drop-out rate in the city’s history and we have seen tremendous growth on the ACT – an important college readiness benchmark.

As I move on to the next chapter of my career, my commitment to the success of students and the elimination of inequities within our educational system remains the same.

I have three young children. It is time to focus on their development. We all know the best gift that you can give to a child is time.

I leave this role with great sadness, but with the knowledge that the seeds for true innovation and transformation have been planted. They only need to be cultivated.

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