CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigns amid federal criminal investigation

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CHICAGO -- A federal corruption investigation has forced Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to step down.

The school board is expected to officially confirm that Byrd-Bennett notified the board in writing last week of her decision to resign, effective Monday.

Byrd-Bennett's letter reads, in part: "I will remain forever thankful for the opportunity to serve the children of Chicago and the District." Read the full letter here.

She was already on paid leave as the government investigates a $20-million no-bid school contract to her old employer, the Wilmette-based SUPES academy.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement:

"I am saddened by the circumstances that have led to Barbara’s resignation and I wish her well. As a city, our focus must remain on finishing the school year strong and tackling the billion dollar budget deficit that threatens the progress our students, teachers, principals and parents have made over the last several years."

The Sun-Times reports that interim CEO Jesse Ruiz will continue in that role for now.

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