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Council of the Great City Schools Ushers in New Leadership

The Long Beach, Calif., school board president will serve as the new chairman of the Council of the Great City Schools' board of directors.

Felton Williams will assume the position this week. Williams succeeds San Francisco Unified  Superintendent Richard Carranza, who was one of Education Week's Leaders to Learn From in 2015.

Williams will lead the policymaking body of the national coalition that represents 70 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. The council's 140-member board is composed of the superintendent and a school board member from each of the member districts.

Outgoing District of Columbia schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will serve as chair-elect until she steps down at the end of September. Once Henderson departs, a superintendent from the council's 24-member executive committee will be elected to replace her, council spokesman Henry Duvall said.

Miami-Dade County school board member Lawrence Feldman will serve as secretary-treasurer.

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