Andres Alonso

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Andrés A. Alonso
CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools
In office
July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Charlene Cooper Boston
Deputy Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
In office
July 1, 2006 – July 1, 2007
Personal details
Born (1957-06-14) June 14, 1957 (age 60)

Andrés Alonso (born June 14, 1957) was the chief executive officer of the Baltimore City Public School System in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Alonso came to Baltimore from the New York City Public School system in July 2007. He had been deputy chancellor in New York for the year prior to his appointment in Baltimore.


Alonso graduated from Columbia University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, earned a law degree at Harvard University School of Law [1] and then an Ed.M. in 1999 and Ed.D. in 2006 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[2]


Prior to his arrival in 2007, the Baltimore City Public Schools system was in a state of decay and decline with several of its schools performing so poorly that the state of Maryland was poised to intervene and take over much of the system. Fewer than half of students entering Baltimore's high schools graduated and proficiency levels in reading and math were far below both the state and national averages.[3] By 2010 both state elected and local elected officials were touting the job done by Alonso in turning the failing school system around.[3] Under Alonso's leadership millions of education dollars were diverted from the systems administrative offices to the schools themselves, failing schools were closed and principals were given more fiscal autonomy.[4] A December 2010 article in the New York Times characterizes the school system as having improved under the leadership of Dr. Alonso.[5]

It was announced on May 6, 2013, that Alonso would be resigning his position as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools on June 30, 2013. Tisha Edwards, previously Chief of Staff fo Alonso, assumed the position of Interim CEO on July 1, 2013.[6]


  1. ^ "Baltimore City Public Schools - Office of Chief Executive Officer". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Doctoral Candidate Named Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning in New York". Harvard Graduate School of Education. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  3. ^ a b Tavernise, Sabrina (1 December 2010). "A Mission to Transform Baltimore's Beaten Schools". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Green, Erica (16 November 2010). "Alonso wants to close one school, interventions at four others". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Tavernise, Sabrina (2010-12-01). "Baltimore Schools, a Mission for Andres Alonso". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Andres A. Alonso to Retire as City Schools CEO June 30" (PDF). Baltimore City Public Schools. Baltimore City Public Schools. Retrieved 05/06/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)