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Ex-DC schools chancellor says mayor knew about his daughter’s transfer to Wilson High

FILE — D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson speaks at a news conference at Easter High School in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — D.C.’s former schools chancellor said he told Mayor Muriel Bowser months ago that his daughter had transferred to a sought-after D.C. high school — contradicting Bowser’s statements on his recent departure.

In a report Monday, The Washington Post quoted Antwan Wilson as saying he informed Bowser of the change back in October. But when the mayor announced Wilson’s resignation last month, she called his actions indefensible and insisted she knew nothing about his daughter’s transfer to Wilson High School.

Now, D.C. Council Member David Grosso, the chair of the D.C. Council’s Education Committee, is calling for an emergency hearing on the issue, and he wants the mayor to participate.

“The first step is inviting her to come and testify voluntarily. And after that, we’ll look at all of our options,” Grosso said.

Council committees can subpoena witnesses who refuse to come before the committees voluntarily.

“The reality is that the mayor has repeatedly stated that she did not know about this,” Grosso said. “I’m not sure what the truth is, and we have to ask her to come in and testify on the record so that we can get some clarity for both the Council and the public in general.”

The roundtable would be in the next two weeks, Grosso said.

The mayor has stood by her initial comments on Wilson’s actions, according to the Post.


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