Breaking: DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson will resign by the end of today in the wake of revelations hat he violated a school policy to enroll his daughter in a coveted high school, according to District government officials.
— Peter Jamison (@PeteJamison) February 20, 2018
Any plans to have a posting on the Antwan Wilson scandal? The story may have gotten somewhat buried with its late release the Friday afternoon before a 3-day weekend. I’d think this story would be of great interest to DCPS parents and others concerned about the integrity and fairness expected from our school and other officials.”
The Washington Post reported:
“By Tuesday morning, seven members of the D.C. Council – a majority – said Chancellor Antwan Wilson should step down following revelations that he sought special treatment to enroll his daughter in a top D.C. high school, just two months after Wilson crafted rules prohibiting such behavior.”
From Councilmember Mary Cheh’s Office:
“There are increasing calls for DCPS Chancellor Wilson to resign following news that he violated his own policy and sought a preferential placement for his daughter. Residents are angry and that’s understandable. But I think the Chancellor should be replaced for reasons that go well beyond the placement issue.
He is committed to following the same flawed system that has led us to graduating students who are not at all ready for college or careers and, in some cases, are functionally illiterate, a continued and even widening achievement gap, demoralized teachers and one of the highest teacher turnover rates in the nation, social promotions, a loss of confidence in honest and truthful reporting, top-down administration with little room for creativity and flexibility, and a fixation on numbers rather than real educational achievement.
At the same time, replacing the Chancellor and top DCPS staff must be done in an orderly fashion and we should not introduce immediate instability into the system. We need to take time to clarify what we need to do and then look for the leadership team that will move us forward. It won’t do to just find another person, interim or permanent, who will carry on the same failed and flawed policies.
On a journey it is not always clear when or where you’ve made a wrong turn. But then the evidence piles up that you are going in the wrong direction. That’s the case with our school system now. We need a new direction and a new set of leaders to move us in that direction.”