State schools superintendent announces retirement

November 18, 2022 State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala has announced plans to retire a...

November 22, 2022
7:04 AM

November 18, 2022 State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala has announced plans to retire at the end of her current contract, which concludes Jan. 31. Ayala has served as state superintendent since early 2019, shepherding Illinois schools through COVID-19 and overseeing their academic recovery — leading most recently to a decade-high in the state's graduation rate. As the capstone of her nearly four-decade career in education, Ayala was the first woman and the first person of color to serve as permanent superintendent for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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