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Academic Distress Commission chair resigns

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    Tony Richardson at the Lorain Academic Distress Commission meeting at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School on June 18.



LORAIN — Tony Richardson has resigned as chairman of the schools’ Academic Distress Commission.

Richardson confirmed his decision with The Chronicle-Telegram early Thursday morning via email.

He said while he plans to attend the special meeting Monday and “perhaps” the regular meeting March 26, he said it was the right time to step away from volunteering on the commission.

Richardson was named as the Nord Family Foundation’s next executive director in November after John Mullaney announced his June 2019 retirement. Richardson currently serves as the foundation’s associate director.

“Through this work, I have come to better understand the equity struggle in urban, public school education,” Richardson said in a statement. “This is undoubtedly the Civil Rights battle of our time, and I can rest my head at night knowing that we will ultimately be on the right side of history. Our work may never be realized over the next three to five years, but I am so proud of our team for daring to put scholars and education before politics and employment.”

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