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January 16, 2018 1 min read
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Forrest Claypool

Forrest Claypool, the CEO of the Chicago district resigned last month, amid allegations that he repeatedly lied to investigators during an ethics probe and tried to cover up an investigation into legal contracts.

His resignation took effect Dec. 31, a day after the district’s inspector general released a report recommending his termination.

Claypool came to the nation’s third-largest district in July 2015, shortly after then-CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett resigned and was later charged and convicted in connection with a kickback scheme.

Carmen Fariña

Carmen Fariña, the chancellor of the New York City schools, has announced her retirement.

Fariña, 74, said she will stay on until a replacement can be found.

She has served as the leader of the nation’s largest school district for the past four years. Previously, she worked as a teacher, principal, and community superintendent in the school system.

Michelle King

Michelle King, the superintendent of the Los Angeles school district, has announced that she will retire by the end of June.

She began a medical leave for cancer treatment in the fall.

In 2016, King took over as the leader of nation’s second-largest district, where she has worked for more than three decades, starting as a middle school math and science teacher.

James Lynn Woodworth, a quantitative-research analyst at the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes, or CREDO, at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, has been appointed to the top post at the National Center for Education Statistics by President Donald Trump.

He’ll serve a six-year term as commissioner, ending in June 2021.

Before going to the conservative think tank, he was a distinguished doctoral fellow in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Woodworth also spent 11 years as a public school teacher in Arkansas.

A version of this article appeared in the January 17, 2018 edition of Education Week as Transitions


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