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Gregory Thornton tapped to lead Baltimore schools

Milwaukee schools superintendent Gregory Thornton will become the next chief executive of Baltimore’s long-troubled school system.

The city school board announced Tuesday that it has selected Thornton to fill the position previously held for six years by Andres Alonso, who retired last year. Under Alonso’s leadership, the district saw gains in student enrollment and graduation rates and declines in suspensions and dropout rates.

Thornton has led Milwaukee’s schools since 2010. The district is similar in size to Baltimore and has seen graduation rates increase during his tenure. He started his career as a teacher in Maryland and has held high-ranking administrative positions in Philadelphia, Charlotte, N.C., and Montgomery County, Md.

University of Maryland Baltimore County president Freeman Hrabowski says Thornton is “one of the nation’s most admired educational leaders.”