Alonso makes list of potential candidates for NYC schools chancellor

Former Baltimore city schools CEO Andres Alonso has topped a short list of strong contenders for the schools chancellor seat in New York City.

Gotham Schools, a news website that covers New York education, published a list of five names their research (sifting through rumors and speculation) turned up in conversations about who the next New York mayor may tap to lead the largest school districts in the nation.

Montgomery County schools chief Josh Starr also made the list, but said that he loved his current job and was committed to it.

You can read the Gotham Schools post by clicking here.

Alonso was recruited to Baltimore from New York in 2007, and resigned in June after six years-- leaving two years shy of when his contract expired. The former schools chief said that he was leaving primarily to take care of his elderly parents in New Jersey. He also began teaching at Harvard University, where he was trained as a superintendent, this fall.

In New York, Alonso served as chief of staff for teaching and learning at the Department of Education from 2003 to 2006, and deputy chancellor for teaching and learning from 2006 to 2007.

Gotham Schools quoted a supporter as saying that Alonso's return to New York would make sense, and perhaps be welcomed.

But as he did every time he was asked about leaving Baltimore for another superintendent seat, Alonso declined to comment.

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