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Hite leaving Prince George's schools for top job in Philadelphia

William Hite

After four years at the helm of  Prince George's County schools, Superintendent William Hite is leaving the system for a new position in Philadelphia.

On June 25, the School Reform Commission for the School District of Philadelphia announced Hite was finalist for superintendent of the eighth-largest system in the nation, made up of about 200,000 students in chartered and district-run schools. By the end of the week, Hite, 51, had been offered — and accepted — the position.

"This announcement comes after weeks of discussion with the SRC," Hite said in a release after he was announced as a finalist. "While I have not sought out other...