Pr. George's Superintendent Candidates Withdraw From Consideration

PGCPS to search for new candidates

By Brandon Benavides
|  Saturday, Apr 6, 2013  |  Updated 5:05 PM EDT
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All three of the final candidates to be Prince George's County's new Superintendent have withdrawn.

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The final two remaining candidates for Superintendent of Prince George's County Schools withdrew themselves from consideration.

Dr. Alvin Crawley, the county's interim superintendent, and Harrison Peters, an official in the Chicago Public School System, notified the County's Board of Education on Friday.
 
Dr. Eric Becoats, of Durham, N.C. already withdrew his candidacy on Tuesday.

The Board of Education issued the following statement:

“All three candidates were considered for the position under the current PGCPS governance structure. However, due to the disruption that occurred with this process and the uncertainty of the leadership of the school system in the coming months, we accept and understand why these highly qualified candidates have withdrawn."

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is seeking state legislation to take over parts of the school system. On Thursday night, the Maryland State Senate passed a revised plan that would enable Baker to name the new schools chief from a list provided by a three-person panel, as well as appoint three school board members, the board's chair, and vice-chair.

The plan, which is strongly opposed by the county school board, was passed by the House of Delegates Saturday afternoon and is en route to Governor O'Malley.

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