Administration

Oakland schools chief to take over as DC chancellor

  • Incoming Washington Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson speaks at a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, on the announcement of his new role. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Incoming Washington Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson speaks at a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, on the announcement of his new role. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Washington Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, incoming Washington Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser arrive for a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, to announce Wilson in his new role. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    From left, Washington Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, incoming Washington Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser arrive for a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, to announce Wilson in his new role. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, announces Antwan Wilson, right, as the new Washington Schools Chancellor during a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, announces Antwan Wilson, right, as the new Washington Schools Chancellor during a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

The superintendent of public schools in Oakland, California, is heading east to take over public schools in the District of Columbia.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Muriel Bowser says the mayor will name Antwan Wilson as the city's schools chancellor on Tuesday morning.

Wilson replaces Kaya Henderson, who led District schools for 5 ½ years and built a reputation as a national leader in urban education reform. Test scores and graduation rates increased under Henderson, but the huge achievement gap between white students and non-Asian minorities held steady.

Henderson's predecessor, Michelle Rhee, recently met with President-elect Donald Trump as he works to fill his Cabinet.

Wilson was Oakland's superintendent for two years. In a letter to staff, he said improving schools in the nation's capital "is more important now than ever."