The State Superintendent of Education in the District is resigning and will be moving back to Chicago.
Hosanna Mahaley Jones says her resignation was prompted by family commitments—her husband is recovering from a heart attack and they want to be closer to relatives in Chicago.
Mahaley Jones has been in charge of setting policies for both traditional and charter public schools in areas that include oversight of federal grants, nutrition programs, testing integrity and transportation of students with special needs. In additional to K through 12 schools, OSSE also oversees early education, college tuition reimbursements and adult education.
Mahaley Jones has headed the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, or OSSE, since 2011. Her last day is set for July 26. There will be a nationwide search for her replacement.