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Kaya Henderson Named Interim Chancellor Of DCPS

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Kaya Henderson, the current deputy chancellor of D.C.'s traditional public schools will take over Chancellor Michelle Rhee's job at the end of this month on an interim basis.

Henderson and Rhee worked together at The New Teacher Project, a teacher recruiting nonprofit group that Rhee founded. At DCPS Henderson was the lead negotiator for the teacher union contract. She also helped develop the new teacher evaluation system.

Henderson called Rhee her "friend, mentor and partner" and vowed to continue with education reform.

"I'm excited about where we are, and I'm thrilled that the management team has agreed to stay on to continue this work," says Henderson.

Rhee says Council Chairman Vincent Gray, who is the presumptive mayor after winning the primary election, should be able to start his term with a team that shares his vision. As for her, Rhee says she's looking at several options.

"There is a tremendous amount of work to be done across the nation, lots of communities that want to push these reforms forward. And so I look forward to serving American's children in my next role as well," says Rhee.

Rhee says she'd like to move closer to Sacramento, where her fiance lives, but is also considering where she can have the greatest impact.


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