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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Henderson named D.C. schools chief

By Bill Turque

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, making a widely anticipated decision official, lifted the “interim” from Kaya Henderson’s title Wednesday, naming her to succeed Michelle A. Rhee as D.C. schools chancellor.

Henderson, 40, the daughter of a high school principal and Rhee’s former top deputy, is the only candidate Gray ever seriously considered for the post. She has also received an important series of public and private endorsements from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the influential philanthropic community that underwrites many public education initiatives in the city.

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By Bill Turque  | March 9, 2011; 10:33 AM ET
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As a DCPS educator, I couldn't be more pleased with Mayor Gray's decision. Kaya brings a proven track record of dedication to student learning and tangible education reform. This is a bright day for the students of DC. Let's keep this ball rolling!

Posted by: PatrickRottman1 | March 9, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Vince Gray is not to be trusted. I hope S. Brown makes his life a living hell, just like he has done to hundreds working for DCPS by naming this incompotent woman as Chancellor.

His word is as good as that bad hair dye he wears and just as cheap.

Posted by: harrypotter2 | March 9, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Gray’s tenure appears to be shaping up to be one of the least admirable of all time in DC. In fact, Barry’s charisma and early achievements which helped somewhat to offset his big problems later are absent with Gray. The message to DC is clear, mediocrity and back room deals are back. DC voted against Fenty but not for Gray. He is Plan B and looking like Plan F right now.

Posted by: manonthestreet | March 9, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Gray’s tenure appears to be shaping up to be one of the least admirable of all time in DC. In fact, Barry’s charisma and early achievements which helped somewhat to offset his big problems later are absent with Gray. The message to DC is clear, mediocrity and back room deals are back. DC voted against Fenty but not for Gray. He is Plan B and looking like Plan F right now.

Posted by: manonthestreet | March 9, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

At the very least she's "culturally competent", right?

Posted by: jckdoors | March 9, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

She has also received an important series of public and private endorsements from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the influential philanthropic community that underwrites many public education initiatives in the city.

So was it the decision of Arne Duncan and the philanthropic community to hire her?

Did anyone else get a say?

Posted by: jlp19 | March 9, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

So far, so good. Ms. Henderson is one of the few Gray appointees who have not tried to bilked the city. I wish her the best as Chancellor.

Posted by: skinfreak | March 9, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Like another appointment is going to make a difference for the kids in DC schools. Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Gray seems like an old school crony hack politician and this appointment will amount to squat. And more money for education won't matter either. Lyndon Johnson's Great Society goes on and no administrative or monetary decisions will matter because the parents have failed for 3 generations now.

Posted by: omegatopher | March 10, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

$275,000 a year + full benefits and pension. Sweet! Must be nice. But I think she's more suited for teaching kindergarten--maybe. I'd have to install a hidden camera in the classroom just in case she's indoctrinating the kids with leftist ideology and speaking in Ebonics.

Posted by: omegatopher | March 10, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bill Turque, he won the battle (against Michele Rhee) but he lost the war (of, by, and for the Unions uber alles). I'm glad to see that for once African-Americans use white, yuppie liberals instead of the other way around (like usual).

Posted by: shred11 | March 10, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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