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Chicago schools name new special education chief

Updated: July 26, 2012 3:58PM

The Chicago schools system has tapped a Cincinnati educator as the new head of its Office of Special Education and Support.

Markay Winston will be paid $170,000. that’s $5,000 less than her predecessor, Richard G. Smith, who retired at the end of his second year, according to the district

Winston served as a director of student services in Cincinnati since 2002 and was a school psychologist and mental health consultant in Cincinnati before that.

Of the 402,000 students in Chicago’s schools, 53,000 are classified as having special needs.

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