Amid a federal investigation, Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned as Chicago Public School (CPS) CEO Monday. The investigation looked into a no-bid contract worth $20 million given to her former employer, SUPES Academy.
According to the Chicago Tribune, federal investigators have been looking into SUPES and Byrd-Bennett’s connection since 2013, and a grand jury has been reviewing evidence for over a year.
SUPES Academy has been paid nearly 75 percent of the $20.5 million contract, saydistrict records.
This comes at a time when CPS has a $1 billion budget deficit. Additionally, the contract between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is set to expire this year. CPS missed a week of school in 2012 as the CTU striked to increase benefits and demands.
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