Brizard out after 17 months, new CPS CEO is Barbara Byrd-Bennett

News broke Thursday that JC Brizard, the CEO for CPS from April 2011 to present, resigned from his position. He is reportedly leaving on “mutually agreeable terms” with CPS after much speculation in the press. This is the 5th turn-over of this position in 4 years. We wish Mr. Brizard the best in his future endeavors and congratulate Ms. Byrd-Bennett on her new position. We hope to meet with her at some point to discuss the issues that remain most pressing to parents in our membership.

RYH is collecting information to share with you and a chronology of Ms. Byrd-Bennett's work is shown below. This may be incomplete at this time.


  • 2012 Interim Chief Education Officer at CPS for last four months (attended CTU negotiations)
  • 2009-2011 Head of Detroit Public Schools: Chief Academic and Accountability Officer (recruited through the Broad Foundation)
  • 2006-2009 Superintendent in Residency of Harcourt School Publishers, Chicago
  • Regional Executive Officer, New Leaders for New Schools, DC
  • 1998-2006 CEO of Cleveland Public Schools (77,000 students), Cleveland OH
  • Superintendent of two disticts in NY, Crown Heights in Brooklyn and "Chancellor's District"
  • Principal of Harlem school - 8 years
  • Previously worked for 12 years as an elementary and high school teacher in NY.
  • Adjunct professor at Malcolm King College in Harlem, City College in New York City, the College of New Rochelle, and Fordham University.


K12 Inc Advisory Board Member – a for-profit virtual charter company serving kids through online learning. Read about them here:

Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Board Member (

United States Department of Education National Assessment Governing Board, the

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Education Commission of the States

National Center for Education Accountability

Albert Shanker Institute.

Chairs the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund


PhD., Columbia University, New York

MA., Englis Lit, New York University

MEA., Pace University in New York

BA., Long Island University


Barbara Byrd Bennet's academic plan from Detroit Public Schools: