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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman resigns to take News Corp. job

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman announced his resignation today, accepting a job with New York-based News Corp.

In a press release, News Corp. said Gorman will assume a leadership roles at its newly formed education division, where he will be named senior vice president and work with school districts to implement the division’s programs and review their effectiveness.

A call to CMS’ communications department was not answered this afternoon.

Gorman became superintendent in 2006. This year, CMS was been selected as one of four finalists for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. But Gorman has also been a target of criticism for pushing to create tests to evaluate teachers and because of teacher layoffs stemming from budget challenges.

“Pete’s success running one of the largest schools systems in the United States, combined with his commitment to educational innovation, are the perfect complement to our mission,” said Joel Klein, CEO of News Corp.’s Education Division.

“I’m thrilled to join News Corp. and to work with someone of Joel’s caliber, and the rest of his team, to transform the educational system through digital technology and other means,” Gorman said in the News Corp. release. “News Corp. has a reputation for leading significant change across many industries, and I look forward to what lies ahead for the education sector.”

Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, in a statement this afternoon said he is “grateful for the strong leadership that Pete Gorman has provided to CMS and our community these past five years. From our visits to places like Chicago,  Austin and Boston we know that he is considered the leading public school reform superintendent in America.  He has narrowed the achievement gap impressively.”

Morgan said he hopes Gorman’s replacement “will take the same business-minded approach to the running of our schools and  who can continue on the path of public school reform.”

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