Kaya Henderson, 'private citizen'
As promised by mayor apparent Vincent C. Gray, interim chancellor-in-waiting Kaya Henderson came to his Ward 2 town meeting Thursday evening at Foundry United Methodist Church on 16th St. NW. Although she showed up with DCPS family and public engagement chief Peggy O'Brien as her wing woman, Henderson said she was there strictly as a private citizen. She took a seat in the audience and uttered not a peep.
O'Brien explained that because of concerns about the Hatch Act, which limits the political activity of federal and District employees, Henderson would be just another interested resident at the meetings as long as Gray was still a candidate. That distinction lasted about five minutes into the session, however, when Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), the evening's host, announced that "the new chancellor of our D.C. school system, Kaya Henderson, is here." (Someone needs to tell Evans that Henderson's first name is pronounced with the first "a" sounding like an "i, not "Kaaaya.")
In any event, Henderson worked her way through the crowd with ease before and after the meeting, drawing a swarm of warm congratulations and hugs.
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