Michelle Rhee will resign as Washington, D.C., schools chancellor

Oct. 13, 2010
Reform-minded administrator has led district for 3 years

UPDATE: Vincent C. Gray, presumptive mayor-elect of Washington, D.C., has introduced Kaya Henderson as the interim chancellor of the city's public schools and vowed that reforms launched under Michelle A. Rhee would continue when he takes office in January. (The Washington Post)

REACTION: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan issues a statement on Rhee's resignation.

SIDEBAR: Some of the key reform strategies advocated by Rhee are now in limbo.

From The Washington Post: Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is expected to announce that she is resigning at the end of October. Rhee survived three contentious years that made her a leader of the education reform movement. Student test scores rose, and the teachers union accepted a contract that gave the chancellor power to fire the lowest-performing among them. But Rhee will leave with considerable unfinished business in her quest to improve teaching, close the worst schools and infuse a culture of excellence in a system that has been one of the nation's least effective at educating students.

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