Oakland school's chief Antwan Wilson to be named D.C. schools chancellor

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson speaks during a news conference PHOTO CREDIT: East Bay Times / Sarah Tan

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson speaks during a news conference PHOTO CREDIT: East Bay Times / Sarah Tan

According to the Washington Post's Emma Brown, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser is expected to announce superintendent of Oakland California schools Antwan Wilson, as the next D.C. school's chancellor. The nomination comes after city officials resolve that an outsider could be the best solution to addressing withstanding issues affecting D.C. schools. Between completely closing the slowly narrowing achievement gaps among low-income and more affluent students and introducing innovative ideas that will keep D.C. schools climbing the ranks nationwide, Wilson is expected to exceed expectations. 

The D.C. school system has been recognized in recent years for its rapid and widespread improvements in the last nine years. Bowser is taking a gamble on Wilson to keep up this momentum after the former chancellor, Kaya Henderson stepped down earlier this year. Wilson made a reputation for himself in Oakland with bold and unconventional education reform stances similar to Henderson and her controversial predecessor Michelle Rhee. 

The news was first announced by NBC4 Washington, however the nomination will be made official Tuesday after an announcement by the city council.

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