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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

DCPS general counsel departs

By Bill Turque

My colleague Ed O'Keefe at the Federal Eye reports a new high-level exit from the D.C. Public Schools senior leadership team. General Counsel James Sandman, part of the senior management circle assembled by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, has been named president of Legal Services Corporation.

Sandman, recruited by Rhee in 2007 from Arnold & Porter, was not a high-profile public figure. But he was a source of important legal advice for Rhee on a range of issues, including last summer's collective bargaining agreement with the Washington Teachers' Union.

Last month, DCPS Chief Operating Officer Anthony Tata announced that he had accepted the superintendency of the Wake County, N.C., school system. Rhee and interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson both said in October that senior DCPS management had agreed to stay on until the end of the current school year.

Sandman has a long history of involvement in pro bono legal work. At Legal Services, he will preside over an organization that supports 136 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 900 offices across the country.

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By Bill Turque  | January 3, 2011; 5:10 PM ET
 
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Bill, your disdain for Michelle Rhee is so obvious and ridiculous that a reasonable person has to question whether you are even a reliable source of newsworthy information.

First, Rhee is gone- move on! Second, Rhee is not responsible if people who were on her team find outstanding opportunities or promotions and take them. Promotions don't just happen in June and for many on the leadership team Gray is an unknown commodity and Henderson is not permanent.

The core leadership team has remained intact- Deputy Chancellors, Kamras and the Chief of Staff have all continued to serve and outside of your over extended display of sensationalism that simply falls short DCPS has been quiet and progressing since Rhee left. I get that this doesn't bode well for your blog, but perhaps you should work to cover some good things going on in the district instead of making news out of nothing...

I certainly hope that the readers see right through your nonsense and start to recignize your columns for what they are- hot air!

Posted by: teacher6402 | January 3, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Bill, your disdain for Michelle Rhee is so obvious and ridiculous that a reasonable person has to question whether you are even a reliable source of newsworthy information.

First, Rhee is gone- move on! Second, Rhee is not responsible if people who were on her team find outstanding opportunities or promotions and take them. Promotions don't just happen in June and for many on the leadership team Gray is an unknown commodity and Henderson is not permanent.

The core leadership team has remained intact- Deputy Chancellors, Kamras and the Chief of Staff have all continued to serve and outside of your over extended display of sensationalism that simply falls short DCPS has been quiet and progressing since Rhee left. I get that this doesn't bode well for your blog, but perhaps you should work to cover some good things going on in the district instead of making news out of nothing...

I certainly hope that the readers see right through your nonsense and start to recognize your columns for what they are- hot air!

Posted by: teacher6402 | January 3, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

What is painfully obvious is that Kaya Henderson is not Michelle Rhee. And anyone with an ounce of self preservation would jump ship as soon as possible.

Ms. Henderson does not have Chancellor Rhee's power and aura - positive or negative. The ship is without a rudder and the verbage of the "reform" continuing is truly "hot air".

Some of us would still challenge the notion that the "progress" made under Chancellor Rhee was anything more than smoke and mirrors, since most of the debate about the reality of the "reform" is written by the people least affected by the top leadership. Most of schools are still struggling with the very same issues that were here pre-Rhee. It's just that most of the least served parts of the city have the least voice.

We should wish Mr. Sandman well. And all of the leadership recruited by Rhee. They will all be gone by the time the spring bulbs bloom. Bet on it.

Posted by: 4thekidsorforthe | January 3, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Of course this is a validation of Sandman's qualities and quality. But, Kaya Henderson already claimed credit for the collective bargaining agreement as her own major accomplishment of her last four years. Who believes that Sandman was named to his new executive position managing numerous agencies of professionals if all he was doing the last several years was sitting by Kaya's elbow?

Posted by: incredulous | January 5, 2011 3:43 AM | Report abuse

incredulous: the teachers overwhelmingly approved the labor contract. It is an accomplishment they cannot disown.

The similarly low numbers who cared to vote in the union mgt elections suggests: they don't care much about their professional futures.

This remains an obvious sign to parents and others with a direct stake in the schools' success.

Posted by: axolotl | January 5, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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