BALTIMORE - The Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres A. Alonso has announced his retirement.
Alonso led the school system for six years and will be temporarily replaced by Chief of Staff Tisha Edwards, who will serve as interim CEO throughout the 2013 -2014 school year.
Alonso will retire on June 30, then move to Weekhawken, N.J. to care for his aging parents, and to teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Alonso has been named a Professor of Practice, a position given to individuals "who have had a major beneficial impact on education practice or policy, or for having been an exemplary leader in education or a closely related field, over an extended period of time." said the school district in a statement.
"The work here has been incredibly hard but incredibly good, and I feel lucky to have been part of a very capable leadership team, starting with a Board that has been absolutely committed to transformational change; a talented and dedicated staff; and an exceptional community of students, parents, partners and advocates," Dr. Alonso said.
The following is a statement released by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Alonso's departure"
"With Dr. Alonso at the helm, Baltimore City public schools have excelled at providing our children with a quality education and the tools they need to build a better future. Under his direction, Baltimore City schools have made tremendous gains - students are graduating at the highest rate in the City's history, 30 percent more fifth graders passed their MSA Reading and Math exams last year compared to 2006, nearly 50 percent more eighth graders have passed their MSA Reading exams and 84 percent more eighth graders passed their MSA Math exams last year than in 2006."
"Dr. Alonso has been an outstanding advocate and an effective leader who has taken our school system to a higher level of student achievement over the years, making significant contributions to help Maryland create the number-one public schools in the nation for five years in a row. His dedication and passion for our children will be sorely missed, but we wish him well in his future endeavors."