WASHINGTON (AP) -- Antwan Wilson has been confirmed as the head of public schools in the District of Columbia.
Wilson was confirmed Tuesday by the D.C. Council. He had been named to the post in November by Mayor Muriel Bowser but his appointment was subject to approval by the D.C. Council.
Wilson had previously been superintendent of public schools in Oakland, California.
Wilson replaces Kaya Henderson, who led District schools for 5 ½ years and built a reputation as a national leader in urban education reform. Test scores and graduation rates increased under Henderson, but the huge achievement gap between white students and non-Asian minorities held steady.