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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.
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Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a press conference Monday.

Gray is being criticized for what some call following "the letter of the law but not the spirit" in the search for a new chancellor. He established a 16-member committee to vet candidates but, by all accounts, only one serious option -- interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson -- is being considered.

"There are resumes...that came to me from people interested in being chancellor and they were not resumes I chose to advance," Gray says.

Gray was asked about the vetting process and whether he owed it to the city to have conducted a wider search.

"Someone we've seen in operations, someone whose leadership skills have been demonstrated and someone who's lived in the city for some time. I'm comfortable with the process that we've used," he says.

Henderson was former Chancellor Michelle Rhee's right hand person, having helped negotiate the new union contract and develop the new teacher evaluation system.

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