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Bowser Names Pick for Next D.C. Schools Chancellor: Oakland Schools Chief Antwan Wilson

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser named Antwan Wilson — the superintendent of schools in Oakland, Calif. — as her nominee to lead the District’s school system on Tuesday, betting that an outsider with fresh eyes will bring new ideas for addressing wide achievement gaps between the city’s poor and affluent children.

Bowser said she chose Wilson because he meets the expectations that parents and community members have expressed: “They wanted someone who was bold and strategic and open and transparent, and always out into the community and focused on closing the achievement gap,” Bowser said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We think Antwan really embodies all of those things.”