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Former CPS chief of staff joins Emanuel education team

Former CPS chief of staff joins Emanuel education team

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new point person for Chicago Public Schools is Arnie Rivera, a former district administrator and deputy chief of staff to two CPS chief executives.

Rivera, 34, takes over as deputy chief of staff for education from Beth Swanson, who resigned last week for a position with the nonprofit Joyce Foundation, which pushes for education reform.

Rivera began his career as a teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School, and his wife is a CPS teacher. He was a CPS administrator for six years, eventually becoming former schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard's deputy chief of staff. He remained in that post under the current district chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and played an...

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