Skip to comments.Head Of D.C.'s Schools Resigns After Personal Scandal And Amid District Tumult
Posted on 02/21/2018 6:48:26 AM PST by Altura Ct.
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday following revelations that his daughter was improperly transferred from one of the district's top-performing public high schools to another which had a waitlist of more than 600 students.
The move violated a policy that Wilson himself established last summer restricting the ability of the chancellor to grant such transfers for the children of public officials. The policy came as a result of revelations that former Chancellor Kaya Henderson had placed the children of certain officials in popular and high-performing schools.
"After listening to many community members and families and stakeholders, it became very clear to me that Wilson would be unable to successfully lead the schools having not been able to regain the community's trust," Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a news conference. "There are too many tough decisions in the coming months to have any distractions."
This comes on the heels of another scandal involving D.C.'s public schools in which one-third of graduates last year received diplomas in violation of grading and attendance policies. An investigation revealing that information was ordered after an NPR and WAMU investigation showed widespread absenteeism among graduates of one D.C.'s neighborhood high schools.
Wilson's departure Tuesday means he served as chancellor for just over a year. Before coming to D.C., he worked as superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District in California. Bowser cited Wilson's experience turning around low-performing urban schools in his previous positions when she announced his appointment.
"This is the straw that broke the camel's back. We could have a leader that wants to start with transparency and openness, " says Danica Petroshius, a school parent. "With a new leader, I think there's a huge opportunity to improve trust in the system."
D.C. Council member David Grosso, who chairs the council's education committee, says he fears that losing Wilson and having to find a new chancellor will set back the city's public schools, especially as they navigate the current graduation scandal and a recent decline in enrollment.
"Stability in the chancellor position is very important, and having a lot of turnover, just like a lot of turnover in the principal position, is not good for the city, it's not good for the schools," he says. "This is frustrating for me, and it sets us back."
DC corrupt through & through.
DC is like a transitorized California. All of the corruption and evil in a compact size.
Well at least nobody is talking about enforcing the law and breaking up anyone’s family!
TITLE 8. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 37. PERJURY AND OTHER FALSIFICATION
Sec. 37.10. TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENTAL RECORD. (a) A person commits an offense if he:
(1) knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, a governmental record;
(2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record;
(3) intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a governmental record;
(4) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with intent that it be used unlawfully;
(5) makes, presents, or uses a governmental record with knowledge of its falsity; or
(6) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with knowledge that it was obtained unlawfully.
(b) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (a)(3) that the governmental record is destroyed pursuant to legal authorization or transferred under Section 441.204, Government Code. With regard to the destruction of a local government record, legal authorization includes compliance with the provisions of Subtitle C, Title 6, Local Government Code.
(c)(1) Except as provided by Subdivisions (2), (3), and (4) and by Subsection (d), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the actors intent is to defraud or harm another, in which event the offense is a state jail felony.
(2) An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the governmental record was:
(A) a public school record, report, or assessment instrument required under Chapter 39, Education Code, data reported for a school district or open-enrollment charter school to the Texas Education Agency through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) described by Section 42.006, Education Code, under a law or rule requiring that reporting, or a license, certificate, permit, seal, title, letter of patent, or similar document issued by government, by another state, or by the United States, unless the actors intent is to defraud or harm another, in which event the offense is a felony of the second degree;
(B) a written report of a medical, chemical, toxicological, ballistic, or other expert examination or test performed on physical evidence for the purpose of determining the connection or relevance of the evidence to a criminal action;
(C) a written report of the certification, inspection, or maintenance record of an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, or other similar device used in the course of an examination or test performed on physical evidence for the purpose of determining the connection or relevance of the evidence to a criminal action; or
(D) a search warrant issued by a magistrate.
(3) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the governmental record is a governmental record that is required for enrollment of a student in a school district and was used by the actor to establish the residency of the student.
(4) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the governmental record is a written appraisal filed with an appraisal review board under Section 41.43(a-1), Tax Code, that was performed by a person who had a contingency interest in the outcome of the appraisal review board hearing.
(d) An offense under this section, if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the governmental record is described by Section 37.01(2)(D), is:
(1) a Class B misdemeanor if the offense is committed under Subsection (a)(2) or Subsection (a)(5) and the defendant is convicted of presenting or using the record;
(2) a felony of the third degree if the offense is committed under:
(A) Subsection (a)(1), (3), (4), or (6); or
(B) Subsection (a)(2) or (5) and the defendant is convicted of making the record; and
(3) a felony of the second degree, notwithstanding Subdivisions (1) and (2), if the actors intent in committing the offense was to defraud or harm another.
(e) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession under Subsection (a)(6) that the possession occurred in the actual discharge of official duties as a public servant.
(f) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(1), (a)(2), or (a)(5) that the false entry or false information could have no effect on the governments purpose for requiring the governmental record.
(g) A person is presumed to intend to defraud or harm another if the person acts with respect to two or more of the same type of governmental records or blank governmental record forms and if each governmental record or blank governmental record form is a license, certificate, permit, seal, title, or similar document issued by government.
(h) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under Section 32.48 or 37.13, the actor may be prosecuted under any of those sections.
(i) With the consent of the appropriate local county or district attorney, the attorney general has concurrent jurisdiction with that consenting local prosecutor to prosecute an offense under this section that involves the state Medicaid program.
(j) It is not a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(2) that the record, document, or thing made, presented, or used displays or contains the statement NOT A GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT or another substantially similar statement intended to alert a person to the falsity of the record, document, or thing, unless the record, document, or thing displays the statement diagonally printed clearly and indelibly on both the front and back of the record, document, or thing in solid red capital letters at least one-fourth inch in height.
Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1248, Sec. 66, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 113, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 565, Sec. 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 189, Sec. 6, eff. May 21, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 659, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 718, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 771, Sec. 3, eff. June 13, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 2.139, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 257, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1364 (H.B. 126), Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1085 (H.B. 3024), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 73 (H.B. 1813), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1130 (H.B. 2086), Sec. 31, eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 510 (S.B. 124), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 690 (H.B. 644), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.
What a shame all this scandal during Black History Month.
This scandal explains why all the Democrat politicians who fawn over the achievements of Blacks will not send their children to the public schools run by Blacks in a city run by Blacks. Actions speak louder than words, but it doesn’t keep them from spouting their platitudes in their virtue signaling.
Good for me but not for thee!
Several people claimed Wilson was “the face of new Jim Crow” an “Uncle Tom”, and a stooge of “corporate oligarchy”.
The use of racist epithets and the level of anger toward Wilson became so bad that African American clergy and local NAACP officials began appearing at school board meetings to help keep calm, encourage civility, and defend (to some degree) Wilson. The strength of the public attacks on Wilson declined afterward.
Wow, his time at Oakland sounds like a total failure, unless one is part of the swamp. Massively overspending on salaries and overhead, underspending on books and supplies, refusing to lay off teachers in the face of lower enrollment. He was perfect for D.C.!
If you’re like me hear street corner thugs talking about ‘corporate oligarchy’ all the time.
The problem with leftist manipulation of idiots is that the idiots are too idiotic to alter the lines they’ve been fed.
It amazes me that no one ever sits down and writes the complete last thirty years of DC corruption and how all the pieces fit. I sat there for 3.5 years in the local area and noted that the local press would marginally cover the problems. Nationally? Nothing. It begs for a 500-page book.
DC is like a transitorized California.
All of the corruption and evil in a compact size.
Just like Maxine Waters' congressional district is the template.
From another article:
‘The lottery system, used to place students in the Districts traditional public and charter schools, is intended to ensure that all families have an equal shot at the best schools. But it has been a longstanding source of tension, and was enveloped in scandal not even a year ago when investigators discovered that a previous chancellor allowed well-connected parents and government officials to evade lottery rules.”
So DC has to have a “lottery system” to “allocate” slots in the “good schools!”
This is an admission of the total failure of the DC school “system.” You have to participate in a lottery system to try and get your child a decent education. This is the direct result of the “white flight” from Washington DC. Away from the Capitol, it’s just another failed Black-run major city. Just Baltimore North! I am left wondering just how, if ever, our major cities will recover, as they sink deeper into the places where the “disadvantaged minorities” hold majorities. And now, we are adding in “homeless encampments.”
“D.C. Council member David Grosso, who chairs the council’s education committee, says he fears that losing Wilson and having to find a new chancellor will set back the city’s public schools, especially as they navigate the current graduation scandal and a recent decline in enrollment.
“Stability in the chancellor position is very important, and having a lot of turnover, just like a lot of turnover in the principal position, is not good for the city, it’s not good for the schools,” he says. “This is frustrating for me, and it sets us back.””
We’re talking about this nation’s highest-paid migrant workers, school superintendents. They get opulent contracts, and somehow after the first year, they are found to be “inadequate,” or in some way corrupt. So they are asked to leave, and they do so with a big chunk of the taxpayers dough, as they move on to their next mark.
I think Ant-wan wrote his own profile in Wikipedia!
The House Reps and Senators should be required to work out of their own states....we have the technology needed for voting that way...THAT would help destroy some of the corruption in DC.
Old info. From Prof. Wikipedia:
According to 2016 Census Bureau data, the population of Washington, D.C., was 47.7% Black or African American, 44.6% White (36.4% non-Hispanic White), 4.1% Asian, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Individuals from two or more races made up 2.7% of the population. Hispanics of any race made up 10.9% of the District's population.
Washington has had a significant African American population since the city's foundation. African American residents composed about 30% of the District's total population between 1800 and 1940. The black population reached a peak of 70% by 1970, but has since steadily declined due to many African Americans moving to the surrounding suburbs. Partly as a result of gentrification, there was a 31.4% increase in the non-Hispanic white population and an 11.5% decrease in the black population between 2000 and 2010.
The pace of gentrification is astonishing. Neighborhoods are flipping faster than you can say "Stepin Fetchit." People in the suburbs are spending three and four hours a day in their cars. Those older, close-in neighborhoods start to look more attractive the more time you spend in gridlock. The gentrification hotspots are now spreading and linking up. The schools are a lagging indicator, but an increasing number of neighborhood elementary schools are now getting serious middle class buy-in. The high school situation is still dire -- it's pretty much Walls, Wilson, or private school -- but that will slowly improve as well.
The DC government is concerned with maintaining a reasonable proportion of moderate-income housing, and properly so. Hardworking people making modest incomes shouldn't be priced out of town; the goal should be evolve into a city where most people can live in reasonable proximity to their jobs, and even live without a car. This is what we are now building in the redeveloped neighborhoods: mixed income, multiple use neighborhoods with multi-modal transit options. (I.e., a reversion to the traditional city plan that existed prior to the over-commitment to the automobile commute after WWII.) It's the hard-core welfare population that needs to be uprooted. Looking at the metro area as a whole, DC still has more than its share, due to many decades of being treated as the regional dumping ground. Those days are ending. The really poor are being priced out of town. This will accelerate as the aging, LBJ & Jimmy Carter era housing projects are slowly torn down. In the long run, the suburbs need to do more. The poor are being suburbanized as it is; this can happen with some prudent planning, or the 'burbs can stay asleep at the wheel and then pretend to be surprised when the gangs start turf wars in unexpected places.
By the way: "away from the Capitol" is the wrong geographical frame in discussing race in DC over the past half century. The "white ghetto" was always west of Rock Creek Park, adjoining Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Capitol Hill was an embattled middle class neighborhood, hanging on by its fingernails and surrounded by rather distressed areas. (It always had a lower crime rate, however, than Old Town Alexandria, long considered a yuppie haven.) This was true across the eastern two-thirds of the city; middle class bastions were fighting for survival, and until Marion Barry coked his way off the scene, it looked like a losing fight. But then things started to change for the better, and this hasn't stopped.
its just that absolute authority leads to corruption....these people can't help themselves from taking more and more advantages...
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