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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool resigns, Janice Jackson taking over

By WBEZ Staff

Facing possible termination, and with the mayor at his side, Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Friday announced he is resigning.

Claypool stepped down one day after the school system’s inspector general called for him to be fired. In a blistering 90-page report, Inspector General Nicholas Schuler accused Claypool of orchestrating a “full-blown cover-up” meant to undercut an ethics probe of the school district’s chief lawyer.

An emotional Claypool spoke with pride during his resignation announcement about his work at CPS but admitted “serious errors in judgement.”


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