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New schools advisers for control board to meet on new superintendent

(Published June 19, 2000)

A new Educational Advisory Committee, appointed June 7 to advise the financial control board on matters concerning the D.C. Public Schools, will hold its first public meeting at 7 p.m. June 19 at Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill to seek comment on possible interim successors to Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.

Ackerman will leave her post July 17 to take over as superintendent of San Franciscoís public schools.

"The new Committee will help us find a strong interim superintendent who will be committed to D.C. students and help ensure a smooth transition," control board chairman Alice M. Rivlin said when the names of the six members of the new advisory group were announced.

The committee replaces the Emergency Transitional Education Board of Trustees, which became non-functional when all but one of its members resigned earlier this year to protest the control boardís disregard for their advice regarding the conversion of Paul Junior High School to a charter school next year. The Paul controversy is believed to have been a pivotal event in leading to Ackermanís decision to leave the school system, as well.

Appointed to the new advisory board were George Dalley, Terrence Golden, Jerome B. Jones, Nathaniel Howard, Patricia McGuire and Ariana Y. Quinones. Nathaniel Howard is the one member of the previous advisory panel who did not resign his position.

The control board said it selected the new committee from educational leaders, parents, and community and business leaders. In addition to seeking advice from this new panel, the control board in a statement said it will also "seek the views of the Mayor, the Council, the Board of Education, and union officials in selecting the interim superintendent" to replace Ackerman.

The final responsibility for recruiting and appointing a permanent superintendent is expected to be in the hands of the Board of Education that will take office Jan. 2, 2001.

Attorney George Dalley, who will be the Educational Advisory Committee chairman, is a partner at the law firm Holland and Knight. Holland and Knight was retained by the original members of the control board to compile numerous reports about the D.C. governmentís operations.

Terrence Golden is chairman and CEO of Marriott Host International and former head of the Washington Convention Center authority.

Jerome B. Jones is a professor of educational administration and policy at Howard University.

Nathaniel Howard was appointed to the former school trustees board as a parent representative. He is a supervisory mathematical statistician at the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Patricia McGuire is the president of Trinity College in Northeast Washington.

Attorney Ariana Y. Quinones is the education director at the National Council of La Raza in Washington.

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