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Richard Nyankori has worked at DCPS for three years.
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Richard Nyankori has worked at DCPS for three years.

In his three years at DCPS, Nyankori focused on reforming special education, trying to resolve court cases he inherited and reduce the number of special education students who attend private schools and meet their needs in public schools. DCPS spends almost a $250 million to educate approximately 2,400 special education students in private placements.

Nyankori says he's proud of the improvement in services.

"The system, as it was described by people who monitor it, it's vastly improved. But I don't think just saying it's vastly improved diminishes the urgency at which we still have to work," he says.

Nyankori is the latest senior official in DCPS brought in under former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee who has left. Anthony Tata, former chief operating officer for DCPS, left in December.

Nyankori says he'll move to Atlanta to be closer to his family. His last day on the job is July 1.

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