Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson formally claimed the system’s top post Wednesday following a string of supportive testimony from an organized group of aldermen, pastors and principals at the district’s monthly school board meeting.
The board approved Jackson’s appointment by a 5-0 vote, with Board Member Mahalia Hines voting by phone. A district spokesman said Jackson has not yet finalized the details of her contract with the school system.
“No role at CPS better prepares me than being a CPS parent,” Jackson said Wednesday. “Know that in the CEO you have somebody who has experienced the district and owes all of my success to Chicago Public Schools. But I look at it through the lens of a parent, which is critically important.”