Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she won’t leave D.C.

Dec 14, 2013 by

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who had been rumored to be on the shortlist of candidates under consideration for New York’s top schools job, told employees Friday that although she has spoken with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, she has no intention of leaving Washington.

“I love this city. I love our students. I love working with all of you, and I am not about to leave when our students have so much riding on the work we do every day,” Henderson wrote in a letter to central office employees Friday, first reported on the Web site of WAMU (88.5 FM).

“I love New York City — it is where my career in education began 20 years ago – but nothing can compare to the opportunities and responsibilities that we have here in Washington, D.C.”

Henderson is one of two local schools chiefs who have been mentioned as possible candidates. The other is the Montgomery County school system’s Joshua P. Starr, who has gained national prominence with his skepticism of the same standardized testing that Henderson relies on to judge teachers, principals and schools.

De Blasio has said that such emphasis on tests and preparation is “poisoning our system.” He also has expressed a general distaste for the kind of education policies Henderson embraces. That he would be interested in her as a possible chancellor surprised many education observers.

via Chancellor Kaya Henderson says she won’t leave D.C. for New York City – The Washington Post.

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