DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to Step Down This Fall

What to Know

  • Henderson's last day will be Sept. 30.
  • The move does not come as a surprise; Henderson has said she planned to leave DCPS.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down this fall, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday.

Her last day will be Sept. 30.

The move does not come as a surprise; Henderson has said she planned to leave DCPS, although she had previously said she would remain until 2017.

She has been with DCPS for nine years, taking over as chancellor in 2010 after serving as deputy chancellor under Michelle Rhee.

"I am incredibly grateful to Kaya for her nine years of service to our students, our schools, and our city," Bowser said in a statement.

Bowser praised Henderson's tenure Wednesday, saying DCPS has become the most quickly improving urban school district in the nation.

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"Without a doubt, DCPS is a very different place today than it was when Kaya joined our school system in 2007. After decades of decline, DCPS has also seen consistent, annual enrollment growth since Kaya became Chancellor -- growing from 45,000 students in 2010 to nearly 49,000 students this year," Bowser said in the statement.

Officials will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor in the fall. John Davis will serve as interim chancellor; he most recently held the role of DCPS' Chief of Schools, Bowser said.

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