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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 12/22/2010

D.C. schools to be led by newcomers from Newark, Wisconsin

By Nikita R. Stewart

Breaking a streak of tapping local talent to join his Cabinet, Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray named an aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker to be the city's deputy mayor of education, and an education guru who has worked in Wisconsin, Atlanta and Chicago to be the new state superintendent of education.

De'Shawn Wright, a founding partner of the Newark Charter School fund and senior adviser to Booer, will replace Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso.

Hosanna Mahaley, who most recently worked as executive director of social justice and district innovation at the Wireless Generation in Milwaukee, will oversee schools at what the city government calls the state level.

Mahaley, a former pre-algebra teacher, was formerly chief of staff in Chicago public schools.

By Nikita R. Stewart  | December 22, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
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I bet WTU has their panties in a bunch over this!

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Typo in Booker's name.

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | December 22, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

WE HAVE TRIED THIS WITH RHEE! I gave you more credit Gray~OUTSIDERS! From Newark Charter Schools lol. More people who are not dedicated to the masses.

Posted by: helluvateacher | December 22, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Hosanna Mahaley (Johnson) is on the board of National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

She and Ms. Kaya Henderson were 2007 fellows over at the Aspen Institute, a group frequented by Michelle Rhee.

Posted by: edlharris | December 23, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

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