D.C. Mayor nominates Philadelphia school official to be D.C.’s superintendent of education (subscription)
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced that she would nominate a Philadelphia school official who oversaw that city’s sprawling charter sector to serve as the District’s state superintendent of education — one of D.C.’s top education posts.
Christina Grant is expected to start her job in the administration immediately on an acting basis. The post requires approval from the D.C. Council.
The superintendent’s office is the District’s equivalent of a state education department. It is the liaison between the federal Education Department and the city, and it has a range of responsibilities. Those include administering standardized exams, overseeing early-childhood education programs and providing transportation for special-education students.
Grant, 42, succeeds Hanseul Kang, who stepped down from the role in September to become the first executive director of the Broad Center at the Yale School of Management, which trains superintendents and chancellors to lead big urban education systems. Shana Young has served as the interim superintendent since then and will return to her job as chief of staff in the office, officials said.
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