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CSU Alum Named Top Education Leader

CSU Alum Named Top Education LeaderThe Chicago State University community would like to congratulate CSU Alum Janice Jackson on being named the new Chief Education Officer for the Chicago Public School system.

From the Tribune:

Jackson, 38, described herself as a "proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools." Her father was a cabdriver, her mother a dispatcher, and she attended Cook Elementary School in the South Side Gresham neighborhood and graduated from Hyde Park High School.

According to the district, Jackson has a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in history from Chicago State University. Jackson also earned a second master's degree and in 2010 received a doctorate of education in policy studies and urban school leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to district records.

She taught at South Shore High School from 1999 through 2004 and helped secure a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant that led to the creation of Al Raby High School, where she eventually became principal.

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In her new role, Ms. Jackson will be responsible for articulating and implementing policies and procedures for educating close to 400,000 students. Ms. Jackson is the latest in a long line of prominent education leaders to hail from CSU, which was founded as a teachers college and has produced multiple generations of top educators in Chicago.