Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel Names Chicago Public School's CEO.

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Jean-Claude Brizard.

Chicago, April 18, 2011. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel just announced that he has named Jean-Claude Brizard to be the CEO for the Chicago Public Schools.  Brizard had been Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District. Under his leadership, the district’s graduation rate increased and student scores in English Language Arts and Math improved.

Prior to his time in Rochester, Brizard worked for 21 years as an educator and administrator with the New York City school system. As a New York City Regional Superintendent, Brizard supervised more than 100 K-12 schools serving over 100,000 students.

Before that position, Brizard served as Executive Director for Secondary Schools, Region 8 Instructional Superintendent, and as a high school principal.

Brizard began his career in education as a high school physics teacher and junior high school science teacher. Brizard is a commercial pilot and a native of Haiti. He holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration & Supervision from The City College of New York, a Master’s Degree in Science Education from Queens College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Queens College.

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