03/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Scott: New Board Of Education Chief Inspires 'Guarded Optimism'

Public schools advocacy groups and education experts are guardedly optimistic that a new president of the Chicago Board of Education will be able to smooth out community relations during a particularly contentious time.

Rufus Williams, the president of the board since 2006, is expected to resign soon, says Vanessa Hall, a spokeswoman for Mayor Richard M. Daley. Michael Scott, who was the president of the board from 2001 to 2006, is expected to take Williams' place, she said.

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