DC Schools Superintendent Resigns

BTX3 is back from his travels for a few days, although it appears he will be on the move quite a bit for the next few months. Blogging will be intermittent for a while.

Michelle Rhee, nationally lauded superintendent of DC Schools is resigning today in what looks to be a giant step backward for the DC School System. To many, this represents a return to the cronyism and nepotism which has crippled the system for decades, making it one of the worst in the country.

Retiring DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

 

D.C. Schools Chancellor Rhee to resign

Michelle Rhee is turning in her two weeks notice, resigning as D.C. schools chancellor and passing the baton to her deputy.

Effective at the end of October, Rhee’s tenure as leader of D.C. Public Schools will end before presumptive mayor Vincent Gray rendered a decision to keep her during his term. Gray has appointed Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who was Rhee’s first appointment and shares her values, to temporarily take over the position.

Rhee will announce her resignation at a press conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Washington’s Mayflower hotel, with Mayor Adrian Fenty and Gray, the D.C. City Council chairman.

A source tells WTOP the resignation was a mutual agreement after Rhee spoke to Fenty and Gray.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Gray campaign announced a press conference for Wednesday morning, but would not answer any questions about the subject of the announcement.

“(Gray’s) point has been that all of school reform cannot be rolled into one person,” says Mark Plotkin, WTOP political analyst.

“You can find other people who are just as able and qualified as Michelle Rhee.”

 

 

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