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Posted at 8:53 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Gray: No DCPS chancellor appointment imminent

By Washington Post editors

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) told us Wednesday night that he is impressed by interim D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson but that he is not on the verge of naming her or anyone else to the position permanently.

Gray, who was at The Post for an event honoring some of its employees, said that there is a "process" for an appointment under the system of mayoral control of schools and that he would follow it.

"I won't lie to you," he said. "I really like Kaya."

Henderson served as the top deputy under Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, then moved up to the interim leadership post after Rhee resigned in October.

Among other positions Gray will fill in his incoming administration are a deputy mayor for education and a state superintendent of education.

By Washington Post editors  | December 9, 2010; 8:53 AM ET
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I won't lie to you: it's a complicated process, which you wouldn't understand, involving making up one's mind.

Posted by: hungrypug | December 9, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Unlike Fenty who stuck his head up Rhee/Bloomberg's behinds, Gray will follow the process and involve the community in this very important process.

Liking Kaya and making her chancellor are not the same thing. He may like her but she may not be the best person for the job. We have had plenty of Friends of Friends in DCPS and other government agencies.

Posted by: bnew100 | December 9, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Let me try to read between the lines. She [Kaya] is a Ward 5 homegirl that I care for and is a likeable person. So I [Gray] will let her stay on the payroll until June 30. In the mean time I will send my croonies to the superintendent conferences that are held in March, April and May. The we will chase down one of those has beens then bring back him/her to DC and here you have it. Kaya will move on to Michelle's one-billion dollar pie in the sky campaign.

She will have inevitable task of cutting the 31-million dollars from DCPS budget which was probably already in the data-base before Michelle departed. Have you noticed that "test-scores" have almost lost the priority that it once had?

All in all Kaya loses the title of "Interim" gets a pay raise and will resign in June. Honestly this SSDD all the way.

Posted by: PowerandPride | December 10, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

What is with the "Ward 5 homegirl" comment. Is this some kind of "Code".

"You people" are sick. How does it feel?

Posted by: bnew100 | December 10, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

After reading the story regarding Dunbar, I hope Gray takes all the time he needs to find a real chancellor/superintendent.

Ms. Henderson is too close to Rheeform.

Posted by: guylady201001 | December 10, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I too am waiting like many teachers and thousands of students to begin a positive new year and regroup to a higher level. However, if a batch of fruit is spoiled,other fruits of that same batch may have caught some of that distaste. In DCPS everyone caught that distaste and we all suffered in some way. Mayor-elect Gray must develop open lines of communication with the Washington Teacher Union's new president Nathan Saunders, with teachers who were not given due process in the previous administration, with teachers who have carried much weight on their shoulders hoping that someone would care about their situation, with students who voiced their concerns openly to the Council, with students who could not do so; with those administrators who did no wrong other than do their duty and responsibility for DCPS and were told "we don't need you"; with parents who want a new dawning for their child(ren),and with those who make decisions based on truths. Although, people may seem likeable,Gray has to ask, "What is their motive?". Many teachers are successful in and out of the classroom, but all are waiting for your leadership. We'd like a superintendent, one who is experienced in leading a school system and one who likes teachers. So, I ask you Mayor-Elect Gray, What will you do to protect teachers who worked for you to be elected? What will you and the council do to improve our school system? What are the threads that must be sewn together in respect to honesty,hard work, truth, and balance? I wish you the best, because I would not want to be in your shoes and carry your load. Have faith in solid in your strong in your judgment and most of all, ask your Creator to show you the way. Happy Holidays to everyone!!

Posted by: njone3 | December 10, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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