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Alvin Crawley to resign as Prince George's County superintendent early

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In the midst of dramatic overhaul in the oversight of Prince George's County's school system, its interim superintendent announced Thursday he would step away from his post early.

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Dr. Alvin Crawley, whose contract with Prince George's County Public Schools was due to expire at the end of June, says his last day on the job will be June 3.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure," Crawley said in a statement.

Crawley was initially mentioned as a possible choice as the county's permanent superintendent. However, The Washington Post reports that he and another candidate pulled their names from consideration earlier this month after a bill giving County Executive Rushern Baker executive control over the school system was approved by the state.

Baker has repeatedly said that the bill giving him the power to select the county's superintendent was a good compromise and will give students, staff and parents the "accountability they deserve." The measure will allow Baker to pick a superintendent out of a group of three candidates vetted and interviewed by a state-approved panel.

"They're giving me the ability to say to voters that come June 1, I will be accountable for education," Baker told NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt shortly after the bill was approved. "If it does not improve, you know exactly where to go."

The Board of Education said in a statement that they were saddened by Crawley's decision to leave Prince George's County early.

"Due to the passage of the recent legislation changing the governance structure of our school system, we fully understand," the Board said. "We regretfully accept Dr. Crawley's resignation and express our gratitude and appreciation for his consistent dedication to student achievement."

Crawley took over Prince George's County Public Schools last August after the previous superintendent, William Hite, left for Philadelphia.

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