What about Kaya?


Henderson says she needs until 2017 to reach her lofty goals for the D.C. Public Schools. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

In a post-Vincent Gray D.C. government, no official’s fate will be more closely watched than Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s. Will she stay under a Mayor Muriel Bowser or a Mayor David Catania? Neither, the Post’s Emma Brown notes, has pledged to keep Henderson, and if they did, there’s no guarantee that she would remain.  “I’ve got a boss until December, and I just need to keep working for him,” she said Wednesday. Still, the coming general election contest is certain to center on education, and Henderson says she has unfinished business — namely, five goals for student achievement and satisfaction she set in 2012. “If I can meet those goals by 2017, then I will have delivered a very different school district,” she said. “And then, I’ll be headed to a beach somewhere because the city will have beaten my good years out of me.”

In other news: 

The final Gray budget: new hospital, TANF increases, no D.C. Promise (PostHousing ComplexWBJWaTimesDCist)

Gray is not particularly interested in mending fences with Bowser (PostWTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Hizzoner indulges in some televised self-deprecation (DofDWTTG-TV)

But seriously, you really should call your (WAMU-FM)

Petula Dvorak: Yes, the rent is too damn high (Post column)

Search of Kenilworth Park ends without evidence of Relisha Rudd’s whereabouts (Post)

Kahlil Tatum told relatives he was taking Relisha to a swimming party (WUSA-TV)

Kenneth Ellerbe meets his community critics: “I would love to say that this would never happen again, but I can’t say that” (WRC-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TV)

Elissa Silverman and Graylan Hagler say they are exploring independent at-large council runs (WAMU-FM)

Union Station’s manager has put the facility at risk, watchdog says (ExaminerWBJ)

Better to be late than wrong, says precinct captain (Post letter)

This year’s DC-CAS features faulty instructions (Post)

On the unfairness of the staggered D.C. Council terms (GGW)

D.C. Vote plans to visit 60 Hill offices today (Roll Call)

Va. congressman Jim Moran: D.C. is too expensive for the average congressman (Roll Call)

David Grosso says it’s time to get rid of “discriminatory” prostitution-free zones (Blade)

Ward 7′s Strand Theater among projects (partially) funded in new budget plan (Arts Desk)

D.C.’s tax burden is actually only middling (WBJ)

Chris Brown takes “con air” flight to D.C. for coming trial (Post)

A pizza with half-smokes and mumbo sauce (Young & Hungry)

Baseball returns to Nationals Park today (Post column)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · April 3, 2014