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MPS Superintendent Thornton Leaving for Job in Baltimore

Gregory Thornton, who’s served as superintendent of the state’s largest school district since 2010, is stepping down from his post.

Milwaukee Public Schools confirmed Tuesday that Thornton will become the CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools district. MPS says details of Thornton’s transition to the Baltimore district are still being developed.

Before taking the helm at MPS, Thornton served as superintendent of Chester Upland School District in Chester, PA. He also held other leadership posts in school districts in North Carolina, Maryland and Philadelphia.

In his greeting on the MPS website, Thornton touts the school district's efforts to expand “college and career readiness," as well as its implementation of “innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed.”

Ann-Elise is WUWM's news director.