Oakland Unified School District's superintendent is headed to the nation's capital to become chancellor of schools in the D.C. area, an Oakland district spokesman confirmed late Monday night.
Superintendent Antwan Wilson came to Oakland in April 2015 from Denver, where he spent six years as an assistant superintendent.
Ash Solar, executive director of Go Public Schools Oakland, released a statement Monday night in response to Wilson's departure, calling him a champion for equity and opportunity in education.
"Antwan’s work has led to progress for all students," Solar said. "Under his leadership, there have been increases in high school graduation rates and college readiness as well as decreases in school suspension rates. While we are disappointed by Antwan’s departure, we know that he has left a strong foundation for the district to maintain the progress that it is making."
Solar concluded by calling on the school board to move quickly in finding Wilson's successor.