WASHINGTON -- Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that longtime education advocates Katherine Bradley and Michael Lomax will head a panel to work with him as he selects a permanent Chancellor for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Bradley is founder and president of the City Bridge Foundation and Lomax is the chairman and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. Both also served as the co-chairs of the Education Committee of Mayor Gray’s transition team.
“Both have garnered a great deal of local and national respect for their work in education and have been committed to improving public education in the District of Columbia even before they joined the transition team,” said Mayor Gray, announcing the appointments during his weekly City Hall Press Briefing on February 15. “They will lead a panel of 16 individuals to include representatives of the Washington Teachers Union, teachers, principals, parents, students and community representatives.”
Gray said he is working closely with Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders to finalize the list of panel participants from the group, and the panel’s members will be announced before it has first meeting February 22.
The District’s 2007 school-reform law vests in the Mayor the ultimate authority to select the chancellor, but requires him to “establish a review panel of teachers, including representatives of the Washington Teachers Union, parents, and students … to aid the Mayor in his or her selection” of a new Chancellor. The law also requires the mayor to provide “resumes and other pertinent information pertaining to the individuals under consideration” to the panel; to convene a meeting to hear the panel’s opinions and recommendations; and to take those opinions and recommendations into account – and “give great weight to any recommendation” of the Teachers’ Union -- when making his selection.