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7 On Your Side: DC Public Schools Chancellor search in limbo

7 On Your Side: DC Public Schools Chancellor search in limbo. (Photo: ABC7)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser assembled an all-star panel to help her select a school chancellor for DC Public Schools (DCPS) to replace ousted Antwan Wilson.

The DC Council passed a law in 2016 demanding such educational advisory panels to further look at applicant resumes. But instead in the current DCPS search, the panel only came up with a wish list of what qualities a new chancellor should have.

Acting Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn tried to explain that to the DC Council Education Committee.

“I think when the mayor is ready to articulate when that process is, she will do so,” said Kihn.

7 On Your Side counted how many times Kihn repeated the words to explain the Mayor’s actions in selecting a new chancellor.

“I think parents should care because it speaks to rebuilding and regaining the trust we need to have,” said Ward 6 DC Councilman Charles Allen.

ABC7 talked to multiple members of the Mayor’s hand-picked panel confidentially. They are confused about what’s next.

The Mayor disbanded the panel – so who will look at the resumes as the law requires? The Mayor’s office also tells 7 On Your Side it is following the law, but said little to clarify that statement.

In the meantime, DCPS Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander heads DC Public Schools while Mayor Bowser says she expects to find a permanent leader by January 2019.

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