Kaya Henderson Gets High Marks At Confirmation Hearing | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Kaya Henderson Gets High Marks At Confirmation Hearing

Play associated audio
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (left) was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray (right) in March.  The D.C. Council confirmed her appointment Tuesday.
Kavitha Cardoza
D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (left) was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray (right) in March. The D.C. Council confirmed her appointment Tuesday.

All of the council members who appeared at the day-long hearing proclaimed their support for Henderson, who took over the job last fall from her former boss, Michelle Rhee. And for the most part, that was true of the public witnesses who testified.

While a few witnesses said the city should've conducted a national search for schools chancellor, the majority gave Henderson high marks for her ability to keep the education reform movement on track while paying more attention to community stakeholders. It was a point Henderson drove home in her testimony to the council.

"The past eight months have served to remind me that we cannot improve quality education that our students receive without great people, great schools, making great community connections," Henderson said.

Henderson told the council she has a number of priorities: fixing the special education system, creating more rigorous standards, and doing a better job of connecting and sharing information with parents, teachers, and communities.

"While there is still much work to be done, we have changed the expectations people have for DCPS."

Nathan Saunders, head of the Washington Teacher's Union and frequent critic of former chancellor Michelle Rhee, testified that he doesn't oppose Henderson's confirmation, and added she "has no sworn enemies" in the union.

The vote is scheduled for June 21.

NPR

Former Basketball Player Scores As A Filmmaker

While Deon Taylor was playing professional basketball in Germany, he had an epiphany: he wanted to make movies. The self-taught director's latest film, Supremacy, was released this Friday.
NPR

Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.
NPR

What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.
NPR

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.