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Superintendent finalist drops out of running in Prince George's County

SchoolsRushern Baker

One of the finalists in the running to be the next superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools has taken himself out of consideration, the school system announced Tuesday, April 2.

Eric Becoats, currently superintendent of Durham Public Schools, notified the Board of Education's search firm on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the search process, according to the school system.

Becoats was annouced as one of three finalists for the position last month, in addition to current interim Prince George's superintendent Alvin Crawley and Harrison Peters, chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools.

Crawley and Peters are still in consideration for the position.

Becoats' withdrawal comes in the midst of County Executive Rushern Baker III's proposed takeover of the school system. A Senate vote on the measure was scheduled for Wednesday, April 3. While the bill originally had Baker in charge of the schools' $1.7 billion budget, the amended bill keeps the budget in the hands of the board. Baker, however, would be able to select the system's new superintendent, and the chair and vice-chair of the board.

This story will be updated.

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