Officials: Chicago schools chief resigns amid federal probe

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the city’s public schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned.

The announcement released to The Associated Press comes amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract that Chicago Public Schools awarded to a training academy where Byrd-Bennett once worked as a consultant.

In a statement, Emanuel says he is “saddened by the circumstances” that led to Byrd-Bennett’s resignation.

A separate statement from school board president David Vitale says the resignation is effective Monday.

Byrd-Bennett has not been accused of wrongdoing. She has been on a paid leave of absence since April.

Federal investigators have asked for records related to the district’s contract with SUPES Academy, which provides principal training. CPS has suspended its contract with SUPES, which has defended its training. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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