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CPS CEO designate answers questions in Rochester

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The man selected to be Chicago's new public schools chief executive officer answered some tough questions at a news conference Wednesday.

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel appointed Jean-Claude Brizard on Monday. He heads the schools in Rochester, New York where he was asked why he is leaving after signing a three-year contract in February.

"When I signed my contract, there was no plan on transitioning. There was no intent. I came here to do a job, but always understood that, you know, it would not be forever. Never went out to look for another opportunity. It came, and one that my family and I seized," said Brizard.

Brizard stressed that he and his wife and his parents are teachers. He said being called anti-teacher is probably what has hurt him most during his career as an administrator.

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