The Chicago Board of Education last week approved new Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s pick of Jean-Claude Brizard to serve as Chicago Public Schools’ new chief executive officer.

Brizard, who previously led the Rochester, N.Y. school district, will be paid $250,000 annually to run the nation’s third largest school system. “I am eager to work from day one to ensure that every dollar we spend, every program that we support and every reform that we make, moves the district forward and benefits our kids,” he said in a statement.

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