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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Gray's testy press conference

By Martin Austermuhle

It was, as even Mayor Vince Gray admitted, the worst-kept secret in town -- Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson would be taking on the gig on a permanent basis. Gray made the official announcement today during a testy two-hour press conference in which local journalists were barred from asking questions about the ever-evolving Sulaimon Brown drama.

Henderson, who served as Michelle Rhee's deputy, has been toiling under the "Interim" label since late last year. Upon taking office, Gray established a committee to consider candidates for the position, as is called for in the 2007 legislation that established mayoral control over D.C. schools. But in an example of how process and deliberation can sometimes be nice words instead of workable concepts, the chair of the search committee admitted that they had only been sent one resume to consider -- Henderson's. In responding to questions as to the process, Gray argued, "Continuity is incredibly important at this stage."

It was only in the closing moments of the press conference that the City Paper's Alan Suderman snuck in a question about the Brown scandal, only to be promptly shut down by Gray.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Martin Austermuhle  | March 9, 2011; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray, education, schools  
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This is a major scandal, now involving huge allegations of the kids of campaign workers being given $100,000 a year jobs, and Sulaimon Brown being given a position overseeing the oversight and payment of medical claims by Gray's staff as they apparently tried to overbill the DC government.

Allowing a Mayor to duck these questions while still allowing him sound bite quotes on routine government business is shameful.

Posted by: TheHillman | March 10, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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