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After Prince George’s County Takeover, Schools Chief Crawley Resigns

After the state of Maryland gave the Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker the authority to take control of the schools, meaning he would also have the power to appoint the school superintendent, the Prince George’s County Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley last night announced his resignation, effective June 3.

“It is with mixed emotion that I submit my letter of resignation,” Crawley told the School Board. “I have enjoyed my tenure as Interim Superintendent of Schools and appreciate the support of our Board, staff, parents, students, and members of the community. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure.”

Although Crawley was a finalist for superintendent of schools, he and the two other finalists decided to withdraw after the state made its changes.

Last week the Maryland House passed the bill giving Baker authority to appoint the superintendent, in addition to the chair and vice chair of the Board of Education.

“We are saddened by Dr. Crawley’s decision to leave early; however, due to the passage of the recent legislation changing the governance structure of our school system, we fully understand,” the Board said in a statement. “We regretfully accept Dr. Crawley’s resignation and express our gratitude and appreciation for his consistent dedication to student achievement.”

Crawley was in the job less than a year, having been hired in August 2012 to oversee the school district after a previous superintendent,William Hite, resigned to take a position with Philadelphia’s school district.

Under the legislation passed by the legislature, a three-person panel that includes the state superintendent will interview candidates for superintendent and then submit the names of three finalists to Baker. The final decision about who will lead the schools will then be made by the county executive.

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