City School CEO Thornton To Step Down; Sonja Santelises Takes Over July 1 | WYPR

City School CEO Thornton To Step Down; Sonja Santelises Takes Over July 1

May 4, 2016

Sonja Santelises
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Gregory Thornton
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On Tuesday, the Baltimore City School Board announced that current CEO Gregory Thornton will be replaced by Sonja Santelises, a former city school administrator. The decision comes less than two years into Thornton's four year contract. He will step down this Friday and Tammy Turner, the chief legal counsel for the school system, will serve as interim CEO until July 1st, when Santelises officially assumes the office. 

Erica Green covers the city's education system for the Baltimore Sun. She joins Tom in the studio to talk about Thornton's sudden departure, and the prospects for school system reform under the new leadership of Sonja Santelises.