Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso, whose bold yet divisive reforms led to a drastic shift in the city's educational landscape, will step down June 30, school board Chairman Neil Duke has confirmed.
The schools chief, whose six-year tenure made him the longest-serving superintendent in almost two decades, is leaving to spend more time with his elderly parents in New Jersey and will teach part-time at Harvard University, according to Duke.
"I have loved this job and the people here deeply," Alonso, who is leaving two years into his four-year contract, said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun. "It's been incredibly rewarding. So often people would approach me and tell me about how hard it must be and I had to say, 'It's been the best job there is.' ...
"On the surface it was hard. But every time I went into a school or walked outside what I got was enormous validation and really a surprising kind of love. I held out as long as I could. What I know is that if not now it would have had to happen sometime soon and this seems the best way to avoid a disruption."