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This morning it was announced that DCPS’ Interim Chancellor would lose her interim status and retain the chancellory of DCPS in the new Gray administration. Rumors have been swirling for the last few days that Henderson would stay on, with yesterday’s audience at the Metropolitan Club being the first to hear it from the Mayor.
Henderson has been acting at Chancellor since October when it was announced that Michelle Rhee was departing in the wake of the September primary loss by her patron, then-Mayor Adrian Fenty. There are some questions as to the results of the reforms started by Chancellor Rhee, with some standardized tests not showing the same gains as the initial results.
Henderson was responsible for enacting a number of Rhee’s priorities while serving as Deputy Chancellor, including negotiating the contract with WTU last year. In a statement released via email, Henderson said, “I am very excited that Mayor Gray has offered me the opportunity to be Chancellor of DC Public Schools. I have devoted the past 13 years to working to improve educational opportunities for students in this city. I am honored and humbled to be afforded the opportunity to continue this work in the role of Chancellor.”
We had a chance to interview Chancellor Henderson in October, and the long-time DC resident is clearly dedicated to her craft, and I wish her well in her new position.