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City schools' academic chief resigns

Baltimore city schools' academic chief will leave the district next month, city school officials confirmed Wednesday, the second key departure in a critical year that will see a transition into the most high-stakes academic climate the district has seen in decades.

Sonja Santelises, who former city schools CEO Andres Alonso brought in from Boston in 2010, will head to the Washington D.C. policy group Education Trust. 

Santelises, credited by many for preparing the district for a radical curriculum shift to the new Common Core standards, will join Education Trust as its vice president of K-12 Policy, Practice and Research, the district said.

Tisha Edwards, interim CEO, said in an e-blast Wednesday night that Santelises' "vision for what our students can achieve and for how we can support that achievement has resulted in a strong academic strategy, being advanced by a strong academic leadership team."

Santelises will be replaced by her deputy, Maria Navarro, who Edwards said "worked shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Santelises over the years and has been a force in helping get us to where we are today—ready to launch the work that will truly transform our classrooms."


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