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The first woman of color to serve as superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education has announced plans for retirement.

Carmen Ayala, who has served as superintendent since 2019, will retire at the end of her current term Jan. 31, 2023.

Ayala made the announcement at an ISBE meeting last week.

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“Not only did Dr. Ayala’s steadfast leadership guide our schools through an unprecedented pandemic, but she also kick-started students’ academic recovery,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement.

Pritzker appointed Ayala to the state’s top education post in 2019.

“Under her leadership, we’ve seen significant growth in high school graduation rates and other key educational metrics, a true testament to her hard work and dedication to Illinois students,” Pritzker added.

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