Confusion Regarding Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Advisory Panel and Search for New Chancellor

Two years ago, there was controversy following the hiring of Antwan Wilson as Chancellor of D.C. schools, when an advisory panel complained that they were shown résumés after Wilson had already been selected.

It appears that a similar situation is brewing for Mayor Muriel Bowser, as there is confusion around what role an advisory council for the mayor is actually taking in the selection process.

The panel assisting Mayor Bowser in the search for a new chancellor has apparently disbanded without actually reviewing resumes.

This led to a lot of questions at a recent confirmation hearing for Bowser’s top education aide, Paul Kihn.

From the Washington Post: 

Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) pressed Kihn, acting deputy mayor for education, on the status of the search for a chancellor and homed in on the matter of the résumés. He was told that the advisory panel had not seen those documents.

“How is that going to comport then with the legal requirements for that search process?” Allen asked.

Kihn repeatedly sought to reassure Allen.

“All I can share with you is that we are in compliance with the law,” Kihn said at the hearing.

Read more about the ongoing chancellor selection process here.

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