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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Brown urges more from Henderson on Hardy

By Bill Turque

Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a series of moves last week aimed at curbing the disarray at Hardy Middle School. But D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, who has spoken with Henderson about discipline and leadership issues at the school, hints in a letter that more changes may be coming. Some parent leaders have been urging Henderson to replace Principal Dana Nerenberg.

"I know that you are considering multiple approaches to address problems at Hardy," said Brown, a DCPS parent, in the letter he sent to Henderson Friday. "I urge you to move forward immediately -- with the input of parents -- to adopt a plan that will restore the school to its previous, highly-regarded state, but also one that will transform Hardy into a school that will serve as a model for all of our city's middle schools."

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By Bill Turque  | January 18, 2011; 5:28 PM ET
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So Rhee creates a problem, and Henderson has to fix it?

Good luck, Ms. Henderson. It's not fun picking up other after people's mistakes.

Posted by: educationlover54 | January 18, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see our current mayor and council actually "have a pair" and are stepping in to hold people accountable and clean up the mess and chaos Rhee created during her tenure.

We thought we got a lot of snow last winter but it didn't compare to the snow job Rhee did on DCPS during her 3 1/2 year tenure.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 18, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Come on Brown the first part of your statement was good but to say "transform Hardy into a school that will serve as a model for all of our city's middle schools."
Do you remember that is why Rhee claimed she removed Pope so he could create another model middle school in SE like Hardy. That was another lie that nobody is looking into there is NO school coming to SE modeled after Hardy. So it was already a model for our city's middle schools! Your letter to Henderson has no substance behind it. Are you too afraid after the residents of DC voted you in to say: Bring Pope back! The letter just seems like something you sent to keep parents quite pretending like you have addressed the issue of leadership at Hardy. It's January Brown the administration is destroying the lives of over 500 children and one of those children is mine. When are you and the people who are elected going to put children first? I guess nobody ever believed that with a student population of over 70 percent African-American would have supportive educated that would continue to fight for what is right. This is a group of parents who belive in public education and who believe in Mr. Pope who is caucasian (if some readers didn't know) who has always gone beyond the call of duty for every student at Hardy. So Brown, Gray and the others who claim education is first step up to the plate and remove the current administration.

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 18, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

To Urbandweller:
I left you a comment on the impact process on the insider. This is a snow job that may take years to undo. How can Henderson justify not bringing Pope back? What lies is she telling behind closed doors to the current to Gray? It seems they are believing it. Mr. Pope had a proven successful track record. What is the problem? Why won't they bring him back? Better still, why did they remove him? Nobody has answered these questions. I don't think we will ever get the answers to these questions.

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 18, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

i left out a word in my above comment educated supportive parents

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 18, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As I visited Hardy I seen first hand that Dana Nernburg can NOT CONTROL the school all the Adminstrators there are NEW LEADERS for NEW SCHOOL inexperienced she can continue to destroy both schools but to see what she is really made of or should I say taught by NEW LEADERS project send her to Dumbar or Ballou or Anacostia you will see how that program is such a Failure I sat and talked to her and she is. So lost about educating students that if Henserson doesn't replace her soon your going to lose those good kids at Hardy ther going to go to a school and get caught up in this myth of destruction .Please Mayor Gray tell INTRIM Kaya Henderson to remove her

Posted by: Darksecrettt | January 19, 2011 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Well this is a step in the right direction. A small step, but a step. For several months parents of Hardy have been asking for the removal Dana Nernburg. Hardy parents keep pressing this administration. Let's see if the administration will take additional steps to rectify the situation.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 19, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The mantra of the Rhee/Henderson administration always has been that we can ill afford to waste time leaving ineffective teachers in their positions, which was the reason for the mass firings.

Well, should not the same rationale stand for "ineffective administrators?"

Messrs Gray and Brown, do what the majority of citizens in the District elected you to do...clean house in the educational enclaves of DCPS, and I really am not referring to the teachers!

Posted by: vscribe | January 19, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

From the time of Principal Nerenberg's appointment, SOME parents have been demanding her removal.

I'd be more impressed with the seriousness of Hardy matters if we saw a petition signed by the majority of Hardy MS parents. Why haven't those who organized in behalf of the papacy for a full year also put together that petition?

Posted by: incredulous | January 19, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Incredulous..hold up! There were SOME parents at Oyster who wanted the prinicple removed. Marta "Guzman was ousted by a cabal of dissatisfied and largely affluent Anglo parents who exploited their access to a school mom who also happened to be chancellor."

Doesn't look like they needed to put togethr a petition

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 20, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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