Today Nikita Stewart and Ann Marimow of the Washington Post report on Mayor-elect Vincent Gray’s picks to assume two of the three top education positions in his new administration. Hosanna Mahaley takes the old job of Deborah Gist as State Superintendent of Education. She was Arnie Duncan’s chief of staff when he was in charge of Chicago’s school system. This means she is well acquainted with the train wreck that is inner city public education in this country, so I’ll assume right off the bat that she is a strong charter and voucher supporter.
Mr. Gray chose De’Shawn Wright to replace the totally ineffective Vincent Reinoso as Deputy Mayor of Education. He has outstanding credentials, having been a leading adviser to education reformer Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the creator of an $18 million charter school fund sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Walton Family Foundations along with others.
In announcing these moves the article quotes Mr. Gray as commenting that, “We want to be able to bring the traditional public schools and charters closer together.”
Yes, yes, yes.