Movers and Shakers: Lewis Ferebee takes helm at District of Columbia Public Schools

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April 18, 2019
Lewis Ferebee served previously as superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, where he oversaw Hispanic and black graduation rates surpass the district average—with the latter breaking the state average.Lewis Ferebee served previously as superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, where he oversaw Hispanic and black graduation rates surpass the district average—with the latter breaking the state average.

Lewis Ferebee now leads District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington. Ferebee had been superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, where he oversaw Hispanic and black graduation rates surpass the district average—with the latter breaking the state average. Overall, graduation increased by 15 percent. Ferebee also enabled schools to meet student needs more effectively, and improved the transparency and equity of distributed resources through a student-based budgeting process he designed. 


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