From Chicago Tribune by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
Barbara Bowman, chief of Chicago Public Schools'early childhood program and mother of White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, is stepping down from the district.

At the Chicago Board of Education's monthly meeting Wednesday, Bowman, 83, was read a handwritten note from President Barack Obama, a letter from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and one from former CPS chief Arne Duncan, who first brought her to the district in 2004.

Bowman began teaching at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools' nursery school and went on to work at other preschools and elementary schools. With President Lyndon Johnson's creation of the Head Start program, Bowman co-founded the Chicago School for Early Childhood Education, which is now known as the Erikson Institute, a graduate school and research center specializing in early childhood education.

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