On Monday, Edwards emphasized that she is committed to Baltimore.

"I'm committed to the school system," Edwards said. "I'm committed to this community."

Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green contributed to this article.

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Tisha Edwards

Age: 42

Current salary: $175,000, as Baltimore schools chief of staff, 2009-present

Work highlights: Baltimore schools special assistant to the CEO, 2008-2009; founding principal, Baltimore Freedom Academy, 2003-2007; chief operating officer and special assistant to the CEO, Empowerment Baltimore Management Corp., 2000-2003; program coordinator, Fulton County (Ga.) Juvenile Court, 1997-1998.

Education: J.D., University of Maryland law school, 2001; master's, University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2000; bachelor's, Georgia State University, 1998.