Afternoon update: She has accepted the position (See the below statement).
Oakland’s outgoing state administrator, Kim Statham, said last Friday that she didn’t have a job lined up back East.
Maybe that’s true. But, as it turns out, she most likely had an offer when she gave her two-weeks notice. The Examiner in D.C. ran a report over the weekend that suggested she had accepted a chief academic officer position.
Today, a spokesman with Washington, D.C.’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education confirmed that his boss had offered Statham the job. The spokesman, John Stokes, said he wasn’t sure if Statham had taken the job. He’s getting back to me — hopefully by the end of his working day.
OUSD’s spokesman Troy Flint said he didn’t know either, and that he hadn’t seen Statham today. He also said he hadn’t heard of any fall-out in central office — i.e. people quitting.
Here is a statement I received just now from Robert Boik, the special assistant to D.C.’s state superintendent:
“Kimberly Statham will serve as the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this capacity, Dr. Statham will be responsible for the full range of state-level policy initiatives from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. We are thrilled to have attracted a Deputy Superintendent of Dr. Statham’s experience and ability to the District of Columbia.”
In response to your second question, she will be paid $170,000. We have no information about the other candidate that was mentioned in the Examiner article.