Thursday, April 3, 2014

D.C. primary results raise questions about Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s future - The Washington Post

D.C. primary results raise questions about Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s future - The Washington Post:



D.C. primary results raise questions about Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s future




 The day after Vincent C. Gray defeated Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in 2010, then-Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said that the election results would be “devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.” Not long afterward, Rhee quit.

The day after Gray was defeated at the polls this week, Chancellor Kaya Henderson had a much different response.
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“No disaster has happened — not here at least,” Henderson said in an interview Wednesday shortly after calling her staff together to reassure them that she remains committed to her job and that the election does not change anything — at least not immediately. “We’re still building a world-class education system for children in D.C., and so we’re going to keep doing that.”
But Henderson’s job is secure only for the next nine months. Gray’s defeat injects new uncertainty into the city’s efforts to improve public education, raising questions about how the next mayor will handle all kinds of policy decisions — perhaps none more closely watched than whether to keep Henderson at the helm of the school system.
Gray has been Henderson’s unequivocal champion, crediting her with leading the system forward after Rhee’s tumultuous tenure. But neither of the two D.C. Council members now vying for the mayor’s office — Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who unseated Gray to win the 

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