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Chicago mayor to name San Antonio schools chief as new CPS CEO, sources say

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has actually chosen San Antonio schools superintendent Pedro Martinez to be the next CEO of Chicago Public Schools, sources informed the Tribune.

Lightfoot is set up to reveal the choice Wednesday early morning at Benito Juarez high school in Pilsen, where Martinez supposedly finished from.

Martinez has actually led the San Antonio Independent School District considering that June 2015 and formerly functioned as primary monetary officer at CPS under previous CEO Arne Duncan.

Martinez will change Janice Jackson, who revealed in May that she was stepping down. José Torres, a previous CPS authorities and previous chief of Elgin-based District U-46 has actually been leading as interim chief considering that Jackson's departure.

The brand-new leader will have some central-office restoring to do: Numerous high-ranking CPS authorities left the district when Jackson stepped down or have actually given that left.

The San Antonio school district is much smaller sized than Chicago– with about 50,000 trainees compared to more than 300,000 in CPS– posturing a possible difficulty for Martinez as he takes control of for Jackson. It shares some of CPS's attributes, such as a trainee population that is bulk non-white and where hardship is prevalent.

Chicago Public Schools is expected to name a new CEO Wednesday.

Chicago Public Schools is anticipated to call a brand-new CEO Wednesday. ( Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune)

He will go into a significantly various political environment.

In Texas, Martinez defied Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order prohibiting public entities from releasing COVID-19 vaccination requireds. That triggered a suit versus the San Antonio district from the Texas attorney general of the United States in August. Martinez asserted in a declaration that the district had a right under federal equivalent work law to execute the required.

“Different from that, it is our state and federal obligation to secure kids in our charge, and we will continue to act in the very best interests of our trainees, households and neighborhood,” the declaration stated. “We will continue to stick to the instructions from our regional health authority and assistance from the CDC in order to be the most responsive to what our instant neighborhood is requiring and anticipating from us.”

In addition to the battles of the remaining pandemic and continuous stress with the Chicago Educators Union, CPS is likewise getting in a brand-new stage as it transitions over the next couple of years to being run by a completely chosen school board.

Inspect back for updates on this establishing story.

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