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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Gray to name education deputy mayor

By Nikita R. Stewart

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will continue to name nominees to his Cabinet on Wednesday, but interim schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will not be one of them.

Gray will announce his picks for deputy mayor for education, state superintendent and director of the Department of Employment Services, according to sources within Gray's transition.

Despite reports that Gray will name Henderson to lead D.C. public schools on a permanent basis, Henderson will attend Gray's news conference to show support for the education team, said Doxie McCoy, Gray's spokeswoman. Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, will also be on hand at the event at the Reeves Center.

During his successful campaign against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Gray promoted his idea to education residents from pre-K through age 24 -- a goal that will be reflected in Wednesday's announcements.

After Gray and Fenty jointly announced that Henderson would replace schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in October, Gray said the school year would be a trial period. Since that time, he and Henderson appear to have meshed professionally.

By Nikita R. Stewart  | December 22, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
Tags:  Vincent C. Gray; Kaya Henderson; Michelle A. Rhee  
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