LBUSD Board President Felton Williams Elected to Chair National Urban Schools Group

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President Barack Obama with Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education President Felton Williams.

President Barack Obama with Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education President Felton Williams.

Dr. Felton Williams, school board president of California’s Long Beach Unified School District, has been elected chair of the Council of the Great City Schools’ board of directors for a one-year term.

He will succeed Superintendent Richard Carranza of the San Francisco Unified School District, effective July 1, to lead the policymaking body of the national coalition representing 70 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems. The Council’s 140-member board is composed of the superintendent and a school board member from each of the districts. 

Currently serving as the Council’s chair-elect, Williams moves up to head the board while Chancellor Kaya Henderson of the District of Columbia Public Schools will assume his post. And to round out the leadership team for the upcoming 2016-17 school year, Dr. Lawrence Feldman, school board member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, was elected secretary-treasurer at the board’s meeting here on March 20 to succeed Henderson.

“With Dr. Williams’ leadership experience in Long Beach, we are confident that the Council’s board will steer urban-school reforms forward,” says Council Executive Director Michael Casserly.

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