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City Education Partners CEO Mark Larson has resigned from his position at the education nonprofit.
Sukhdeep Kaur, the senior director of seat investments at City Education Partners (CEP), wrote of Larson’s departure Thursday in an email obtained by the Rivard Report.
“Our City Education Partners (CEP) board recently accepted Mark Larson’s resignation from his current role as Chief Executive Officer of our organization,” Kaur wrote. “We appreciate Mark’s contributions to CEP and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
CEP funds and helps coordinate education programs in San Antonio. Programs include educator recruiting program Educate 210, Relay Graduate School of Education’s lab schools, KIPP, IDEA Public Schools, and Advanced Learning Academy.
Larson was only at the helm of the organization for a year. He left his role as KIPP Texas’s chief external officer last July to serve as CEP’s CEO. He had been with the charter school network starting in 2002 when he began planning to open the first KIPP school in San Antonio, the middle school KIPP Aspire.
Kaur said in her email that the board is proud of the work that CEP has accomplished in the past year, including district and charter partnerships. The organization also launched SA School Finder, a database that families can use to search schools’ state accountability data and after-school programs, and EdLaunch, a fellowship for school leaders interested in opening their own school.
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“Our CEP board is committed to working through a smooth transition and to identifying a strong leader who will propel us forward in cultivating an environment where all San Antonio students attend a high-quality, world-class school,” Kaur wrote.
Kaur did not include the reason behind Larson’s departure in her email.
Senior Director of Community Engagement Dalia Contreras will take over day-to-day operations while the CEP board conducts a national search to replace Larson, Kaur said in her email.