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D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

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Baker was an award-winning educator in D.C.'s traditional public schools for 25 years before she began her work with charter schools when they were first authorized by Congress in 1996.

The District now has more than 50 charter schools serving nearly 40 percent of D.C.'s public school students. Baker says she's most proud of her work in improving the oversight of charter schools.

"While we don't have a magic wand so say any school we charter will be successful, we do the oversight to make sure they are providing strong education for children," she says.

Baker says finding buildings for charter schools is still a challenge. She also says they need to access more foundation money and partner with outside organizations. ]

Jeremy Williams, the board's director of business oversight, will serve as interim executive director role until a search committee selects a permanent executive director.

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