Statement from DFER DC on Nomination of Antwan Wilson as DCPS Chancellor
November 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. — Following the nomination by Mayor Muriel Bowser of Antwan Wilson, current superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, to serve as DC Public Schools Chancellor, Democrats for Education Reform-DC Director Catharine Bellinger released the following statement:
“DFER congratulates Mayor Muriel Bowser and Antwan Wilson on Mr. Wilson’s nomination to serve as the new Chancellor of the DC Public Schools. Mayor Bowser and District leaders made it clear they wanted a new DCPS Chancellor who will take our students to the head of the pack academically, close achievement gaps, advance equitable and fair discipline practices, and work collaboratively with the District’s public charter school sector. Given his deep experience in Oakland and deep commitment to student success, Antwan Wilson is the right leader for this challenging and crucial role in the city.
“The new Chancellor will lead the District at a critical time. As a city, we’ve made significant progress, steadily improving from one of the lowest performing cities in the country to a growing urban district seeing significant improvements in student success. President Obama recently shone a national spotlight on the work of our students, teachers, and families. But District education and elected leaders have rightly been unwilling to rest on these laurels. There is much to be done to ensure all schools and all students reap the benefits of a quality public education. We look forward to continued partnership with Mayor Bowser, Antwan Wilson, and the D.C. Council to bring transformational public education opportunities to every ward, school, and child in DC.
“At Democrats for Education Reform, we support the city’s elected and education leaders who are willing to take bold steps to ensure that every student gets a great education. We will continue to be tireless champions for equitable resources for all students, quality schools in every neighborhood, and effective interventions in schools that aren’t meeting the needs of the students they serve. We call on the D.C. Council to move Mr. Wilson’s nomination forward swiftly, and we look forward to partnering with Mr. Wilson in 2017 and beyond.”
Contact: Catharine Bellinger
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