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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Henderson focused on chancellor's job, not search

By Bill Turque

With Mayor Vincent Gray's confirmation Tuesday that she would welcome permanent appointment as Michelle Rhee's successor, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson has finally shed her equivocating answers to the question. She's made the transition from "I'm thinking it over" to "I'm just staying focused on the job." From an e-mail Tuesday evening:

"The Education Reform Act requires the Mayor to create a selection committee that is then entrusted with assisting him as he selects a permanent Chancellor. We need to respect the work of the committee and allow that process to proceed as planned.

Over the past 100 days, I have enjoyed my tenure as interim Chancellor, my relationship with Mayor Gray and the ongoing work to improve the education we offer to the children of the District. I have shared the same with the Mayor. We both know we have much more work to do and remain squarely focused on getting the job done."

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Kaya Henderson would continue (and perhaps accelerate) the impressive reforms Rhee put in place at DCPS.

From Henderson's Teach for America speech February 12, 2011:

"We are making history right here in the nation's capital...Some of you think it's over, it isn't over ..we're just getting started....this is the revolution that we all dreamed about...we went through a bloody battle to build a firm foundation so that we can provide these students with the education they deserve."

Full speech at:

Posted by: frankb1 | February 16, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Seems like someone is cutting and pasting from blog to blog. Tired of typing the same old tired bxll. LOL

Posted by: dccounselor72 | February 16, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Its time for Kaya to GO she will do the samething Rhee did create a Mess if she would have put Mr Pope back and Hardy she might have had a chance the students met the New Princple and there not respecting him there calling him Names its not right Gray needs to step in for the sake of the students and make Kaya Put Pope Back ,

Posted by: Darksecrettt | February 16, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I do so hope that Ms. Henderson fully comprehends the tsunami on its way. She was in the shadows dealing with the teacher's union these past years and now she faces the aftermath of Rhee's shortsightedness and unbridled self-aggrandizement.

Posted by: hnjhat | February 16, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Kaya, I'm sure Michelle could use some help in her new "StudentsFirst" scam. She would love to have you on board. Please call her and ask her for a job. We need someone in DCPS with experience and qualifications in running and urban school system AND someone who is able to work with people. Do us all a favor: please leave! You're not wanted here.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | February 16, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Kaya has jumped the shark at the same time that Rhee, Fenty and Parker did. Really the writing is on the wall. Even with your new polished "I get along with everyone" smile - the parents, teachers are not buying it. You are a farce and I really would like to see you go just to find out what you are really qualified to do. I just think at the table with the others you don't have much to offer but your cheerleader - "we gonna smoke them." You've become a high-priced cheerleader on the backs on our children. You must go - like yesterday! Like really June is not soon enough.

Posted by: wtf1 | February 16, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@DarkSecrettt: There's a great quote from Abraham Lincoln that you should heed: "Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt."

You never make a coherent argument based on anything that sounds credible. You spew hate and divisiveness. This is why DCPS is where it is now...

Posted by: teacher6402 | February 17, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

Henderson's problem, like Rhee and the other TFA cultists, is that everything they "know" is wrong and based on a lie, (Rhee's SACRED STORY) but they're too ignorant to figure it out.

Posted by: mcstowy | February 17, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

After some of the things she has said, I think she should be fired.

Posted by: educationlover54 | February 17, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

mcstowy is the fount of all ed. wisdom. I wonder why he hasn't more followers.

Posted by: axolotl | February 17, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Kaya is as incompetent as Rhee...just no!

Posted by: DC_Original | February 18, 2011 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Big shouut out to Kaya. We got your back.

Posted by: danielholt | February 18, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

It's not Kaya, it is the element of control through the mayor that has many saying "pssst, listen to me Mayor Gray." We have elected a mayor who is responsible for hiring a chancellor, maybe it should be the other way around as in hire a mayor and elect a chancellor. Then let us see how many candidates would run for Chancellor of DCPS? Merely because the popularity meter for this position ranks high amongst priorities.

I am guessing if Mayor Gray does choose Kaya as the Chancellor, what'cha gonna do? Start a recall, won't reelect him or something else more drastic. Yeah the district voters want candidates for selection but what are the options if the current candidate is the selected candidate?

Again the Mayor has organized a committee to find candidates who he will consider. Then the chosen one from those candidates will be subsequently hired and presented to the Council for confirmation.

Back to the original point of view how powerful is your control of the entire situation? All together now, "pssst Mr. Mayor listen to me."

Posted by: PowerandPride | February 18, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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