DeRay Mckesson‘s bid to become Baltimore’s next mayor may have failed, but the Black Lives Matter activist will have a new job working for the city next year.
Mckesson will serve as interim chief human capital officer under the new CEO of Baltimore City public schools, Sonja Santelises. The job may well be a better fit than mayor for Mckesson; before his current career in political activism, he spent years working in education, first with Teach for America (TFA) and then as senior director of human capital for public schools in Minneapolis. Mckesson’s connections with TFA have raised some eyebrows among critics, who worry that he’s too closely aligned with an organization that advocates for privatizing public schools. (Mckesson kinda sorta refutes this. But only kind of.)
Mckesson will have his work cut out for him. As the Sun notes, the school system has struggled with keeping schools staffed and with paying teachers on time.