DC Council Confirms New Public Schools Chancellor

The D.C. Council confirmed the next public schools chancellor by voice vote Tuesday.

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson will start Feb. 1.

Wilson was selected, in part, for his success in raising achievement scores, sources told News4.

"As superintendent [in Oakland], he has focused on managing and improving a complex organization, championing important messages to improve teaching and learning, increasing high school graduation rates, and improving social and emotional learning in special education processes," D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said when she announced her choice.

He also negotiated increases in teacher pay and per-student funding in Oakland, Bowser said.

According to the Oakland Unified School District website, Wilson previously served as assistant superintendent for post-secondary readiness in Denver Public Schools for six years, where he led Denver's Middle, High, and Intensive Pathway Schools. He arrived in Oakland in April 2015.

Former Chancellor Kaya Henderson stepped down at the end of September. John Davis is serving as interim chancellor. He previously held the role of DCPS chief of schools.

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