Public will testify on Henderson confirmation

Updated, 3:22 p.m.: Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s own appearance before the council, originally scheduled for June 22, will also be on the 16th, immediately after the public testimony, officials said this afternoon. The change was made because the council was running up against a 90-day legal deadline to vote on Henderson’s nomination. The council is scheduled to vote June 21.

Original post: After complaints from teachers, parents and other school stakeholders, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) has changed course and will allow an afternoon of public testimony June 16 on the question of Kaya Henderson’s nomination for permanent DCPS chancellor.

Brown organized a series of three “community conversations” in late March and early April to solicit comment on Henderson’s selection by Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Brown apparently thought that the sessions, in Wards 3, 6 and 8, would suffice. But a number of school community leaders, including Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan Saunders, said that they never regarded the community meetings as a substitute for testimony at the Wilson Building.

The June 16 hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the council chamber. If you want to testify, call Priscilla McIver at 202-724-8196, or e-mail pford@dccouncil.us by the close of business June 15.

.Henderson’s appearance before the council is set for June 22.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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