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DC Mayor Names New Schools Chancellor, Dr. Lewis Ferebee

"Dr. Ferebee is someone with experience leading at all levels of public education," the mayor said

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    DC Mayor Names New Schools Chancellor

    Mayor Muriel Bowser's pick for schools chancellor has experience as an administrator and teacher, including as head of Indianapolis Public Schools. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2018)

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that she has named a new head of the city's public school system.

    Dr. Lewis Ferebee was appointed the new chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, pending confirmation by the D.C. Council. 

    Ferebee, who last served as the head of Indianapolis Public Schools, replaces Dr. Amanda Alexander, the interim chancellor who took over after several high-profile controversies. 

    Former chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned in February after he bypassed the highly competitive public school lottery system to get his daughter a coveted seat at a top high school.

    DCPS Chancellor Resigns After Bypassing Lottery System

    DCPS Chancellor Resigns After Bypassing Lottery System

    It's official: D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson has resigned after he was found to have bypassed the required school lottery system to benefit his daughter. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    Alexander was passed over for the permanent role.

    Ferebee, selected after a six-month-long nationwide search, was superintendent of Indianapolis schools starting in 2013. Previously, he held a leadership role in the public schools of Durham, North Carolina.

    Bowser said he can meet the needs of the school district. 

    "Dr. Ferebee presents with a long record of success focusing on some of the issues that are very critical to DCPS at this time," she said at a news conference Monday afternoon. 

    In a press release, Bowser praised his range of experience. 

    "Dr. Ferebee is someone with experience leading at all levels of public education — from serving in the classroom and as an elementary and middle school principal to leading a system that serves more than 30,000 students," the mayor said in a statement. "He is a strong leader and educator, and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to providing all students and families high-quality educational opportunities." 

    Raw Video: DC Mayor Speaks on DCPS Resignation

    Raw Video: DC Mayor Speaks on DCPS Resignation

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke Tuesday evening about the resignation of public schools chancellor Antwan Wilson. The public lost trust in him, she said. 

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

    Ferebee said he could move the school district in the right direction. 

    "We're obviously not at a point where we're ready to run a victory lap. But we do have a strong foundation that we can build upon," he said. 

    Ferebee does have a D.C. connection: He earned his master's degree at George Washington University.

    The first two schools chancellors Bowser appointed, Kaya Henderson and Antwan Wilson, resigned after they were found to have given preferential treatment for enrollment at high-demand schools.

    Additionally, an investigation found that 1 in 3 high school graduates in 2017 received diplomas though they did not meet graduation requirements.

    Ferebee will earn a base salary of $280,000. He's set to start on Jan. 31. 

    Schools Chancellor Responds to Demands for Resignation

    [DC] DC Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson Refuses Demands for Resignation

    D.C. schools chancellor Antwan Wilson refused those calling on him to resign for bypassing the competitive school lottery system to move his daughter to a top high school. News4's Shomari Stone reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018)

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