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Goar withdraws his candidacy for top job at Minneapolis schools

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Michael Goar, the interim superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, has withdrawn his name from the running to get the job permanently.

In the latest twist in the search for a new superintendent, Goar wrote to board chair Jenny Arneson requesting his name be immediately withdrawn, saying his candidacy has become "a distraction to the ultimate goal of educating Minneapolis children in the spirit of excellence."

Goar had emerged as the frontrunner in what has been a contentious process, which the Star Tribune reports saw the board's preferred candidate, Sergio Paez, ditched after allegations emerged he hit and physically abused students at his former district in Massachusetts.

But Goar's own candidacy was thrown into turmoil when a group of protesters, including parents and members of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), brought a board meeting to a halt demanding the job search be restarted.

According to MinnPost, they raised concerns about Goar's leadership abilities and said he hasn't done enough to close the achievement gap by helping African American students.

Goar, who took the position on a temporary basis last year following the resignation of Bernadeia Johnson, will continue to serve as the interim superintendent until a new one is appointed.

The Star Tribune has printed Goar's full statement, in which he lists several achievements during his time as interim chief, which you can read here.

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