Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson will announce Monday that she is leaving CPS, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference alongside Jackson to “provide an update on CPS.”

Janice Jackson is leaving her post as chief executive of Chicago Public Schools when her contract expires at the end of June, the district announced Monday.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference alongside Jackson to “provide an update on CPS.”

“When I began this journey, I made a commitment to lead with integrity, courage, and excellence while bringing much needed stability to the district. I have delivered on that promise and will continue to advocate for the children of Chicago,” Jackson wrote in a letter to CPS families announcing her departure Monday.

Jackson, 43, is a former social studies teacher and CPS graduate who, when she was appointed to the role in 2018 by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, became the first alumna who also taught in the district to lead the nation’s third-largest school system. She was preceded by years of executives who had not been educators.

Jackson is a parent of a CPS student and has overseen improvements in math and reading scores and graduation rates, but she’s also seen her share of scandals in her time at CPS’ central office and was at the helm during the longest teachers strike in three decades.

After five years teaching at South Shore High School, Jackson served as the founding principal of the Al Raby School for Community and Environment then led Westinghouse College Prep. Before taking the CEO position, Jackson served as the district’s education chief.

Jackson’s name had been floated as a potential pick for U.S. education secretary in the Biden administration.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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