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DCPS Chancellor Confirmation Hearing Solicits Public Input


This story comes to us from Karen Sibert:

WASHINGTON, DC – The Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee of the Whole held a fourth public roundtable on PR19-0124, the “Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools Kaya K. Henderson Confirmation Resolution of 2011.” Ms. Henderson currently serves as the acting chancellor.

Earlier this spring, Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown held citywide “Community Conversations” in Wards 4, 6, and 8 to provide an opportunity for public comment at a time and location that would be convenient for working parents and advocates.

“The job of Chancellor is one of the most critical jobs in our city, and affects us all – whether we are parents or not – because our city will be only as successful as the children that we are preparing at this very moment,” said Chairman Kwame R. Brown.  “The person managing and directing the public school system is responsible for preparing our next generation of leaders.”


Thirty witnesses provided public testimony before Committee members focused their attention on questioning Ms. Henderson about such issues as central administration, student testing and performance, principal selection, special education, career and technical education, budget, truancy and community engagements. Members posed a variety of questions regarding schools within their Wards.


“The past eight months have served to remind me that we cannot improve the quality of education that our students receive without [the aid of] great people, great schools, and great connections,” said Ms. Henderson. “We have been able to change people’s expectations of DCPS. This is no longer a system where parents have to worry if the school year will start on time or where employees worry about whether their paycheck will arrive.”


Chairman Brown said, “Although we have seen improvement in our schools over the past decade, I think we all agree that we still have a long way to go.  We need the right leader, right now, to continue this important work.” 


The Council vote will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. To view yesterday’s roundtable proceedings, visit dccouncil.us.