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Henderson, a Duncan Favorite, to Stay as D.C. Schools Chief

By Michele McNeil — March 09, 2011 1 min read

Kaya Henderson is shedding her “interim” title today and is becoming the District of Columbia’s next schools’ chief.

She was the deputy under ex-Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and got the endorsement of U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who doesn’t seem to shy away from getting involved in local education decisions.

In January, Duncan told new Mayor Vincent Grey, according to The Washington Post, “‘Let’s put Kaya in there.” He called her the “right” pick.