Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Councilmember Jack Evans and Chancellor Kaya Henderson will speak at the event
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Chancellor Kaya Henderson will offer updates on the state of Ward 2's public schools and talk about their future during a meeting Wednesday evening. Principals from neighborhood schools will also be on hand to answer questions, including Hyde-Addison's Dana Nerenberg. Nerenberg spoke briefly at the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting about the new gymnasium and library coming to the small Georgetown campus. This summer they will be forming the school improvement team —made up of staff, administrators and community leaders— to advise the construction process. Nerenberg said she hoped construction could begin in a year's time. The Ward 2 event begins at 5 p.m. with a Principal Meet & Greet…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Now that D.C. Public Schools have proven cafeterias can have healthier food, the challenge now is to scale it across the entire system.
The food in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) is better. But there are those who want more. Namely, they want DCPS to get back in the kitchen and get cooking. Andrea Northup, the director and founder of D.C. Farm to School Network, believes that a for-profit contractor running the school food program will “inevitably” have a “conflict of interest” between healthy food and healthy kids, and the company bottom line. For Northup, DCPS getting back into managing its food services is the best way to provide healthy, local options at affordable prices. Council member Mary Cheh is on the same page. In her Healthy Schools Act she called for a “central facility” where DCPS could “prepare, process, grow, and store healthy and nutritious foods for schools …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Henderson has served as acting Chancellor since March.
The District Council confirmed Kaya Henderson as D.C. Schools Chancellor, Tuesday. Henderson served as Deputy Chancellor beginning in 2007 under former Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who announced her resignation in October after Vincent Gray's victory at the polls. When Henderson came on as interim Chancellor in November she called Rhee her "friend, mentor and partner" in school reform. She has been the acting chancellor since Mayor Gray appointed her in March. When Gray announced his intention to keep Henderson on in the role permanently, he defended his choice. “Are there other candidates I could have considered and worked well with? Surely there are. But I have already worked with Kaya and have certainty about her approach," he said. …
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Interim Chancellor Henderson meets with interested Ward 2 constituents to note their concerns and hear their hopes and dreams.
On Tuesday June 7, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson joined interested parents and community members at Garrison Elementary for another in her series of "State of the Schools" events. The evening began at 5:30 pm with a Ward 2 School Expo. Booths lined the Garrison cafeteria displaying information and pictures of Ward 2 schools. Prominently displayed were Georgetown schools: Duke Ellington Center for the Performing Arts, Fillmore West Arts Center and Hyde-Addison Elementary. Each school was eager to talk about their programs and strengths and to answer questions. Budget concerns were of top concern for several schools. Ongoing budget decreases, combined with an increasing student body have put pressure on Ellington despite all their …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Councilmember Jack Evans and Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson will meeting with parents to discuss local schools.
Parents are encouraged to join Councilmember Jack Evans and Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson in an open dialogue about Ward 2 schools on June 7. Attendants of the school expo will have the opportunity to speak directly with Ward 2 principals. The State of the Schools will take place at Garrison Elementary from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See attached flier for more information.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Henderson has been the acting Chancellor since November, having taken over for her former boss, Michelle Rhee.
Kaya Henderson can remove the "interim" label from her Chancellor title. Wednesday Mayor Gray officially gave her the gig as head of D.C. Public Schools (DCPS). She came to DCPS as Deputy Chancellor in 2007 and has been serving as interim Chancellor since November. Gray said his experience with Henderson first during her time as Deputy Chancellor and recently as interim Chancellor, has given him "confidence in her judgment and her character." Gray did not hold formal interviews for other candidates. He defended his decision, “Are there other candidates I could have considered and worked well with? Surely there are. But I have already worked with Kaya and have certainty about her approach." In a press release, Henderson wrote, "I look …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Councilmember Evans asked the community at the ANC2E meeting Monday for their opinions on legislating the personnel issue.
Jack Evans may legislate the return of former Hardy Middle School Principal, Patrick Pope, he told a group of neighbors at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting Monday. (See Video) Pope was removed from his position as principal at Hardy Middle School at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Since that time, a group of parents and students at the Georgetown public school has pushed for his return and fiercely opposed the changes and actions of Pope’s replacement, Dana Nerenberg, and her recent replacement Daniel Shea. Evans said he has generally been in favor of the District Council staying out of the schools. Last May other District Council members proposed a Sense of the Council Resolution, which Evans ultimately voted for, …
Monday, February 7, 2011
Principal Dana Nerenberg will be replaced by Daniel Shea as interim principal for the remainder of the school year.
Updated 11:35 a.m. Feb. 8 Interim Chancellor for DC Public Schools (DCPS) Kaya Henderson named Daniel Shea the interim principal for Hardy Middle School in a letter sent home to parents (see PDF) Monday, as first reported by local blog the Georgetown Dish. Henderson praised Shea's experience as an administrator at both the high school and middle school level in MD and his role as as head of scheduling for DCPS high schools and middle schools. Henderson said his background would make him the right fit to continue to steer Hardy for the remainder of the school year. Parents raised concerns previously about scheduling issues and a perceived lack of experience at the middle school level among Hardy administrators. Less than two weeks ago, …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Nerenberg will continue to serve as Principal at Hyde-Addison Elementary.
Principal Dana Nerenberg will no longer serve as the Principal at Hardy Middle School. Nerenberg will return to work as a full-time principal at Georgetown's Hyde-Addison Elementary; she has been managing both schools since the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Nerenberg has been the target of continued parent frustration since the removal of Pricipal Patrick Pope at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 school year. Hardy will have its own full-time principal once again. In a letter sent home today to parents, Interim Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) Kaya Henderson wrote the she and Nerenberg reached a mutual decision "that the best way to move forward is to assign a full- time principal exclusively to Hardy MS and allow Principal …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
A PTA meeting tonight will allow parents to react to a letter from Interim Chancellor of D.C. Schools Kaya Henderson outlining proposed reforms for the school.
Tuesday afternoon a letter went out to parents of Hardy Middle School students from interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Principal Dana Nerenberg. It described the current state of the school and a list of proposals to address parent concerns raised about discipline, scheduling and the overall climate. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. a PTA meeting will give parents the opportunity to react to the letter and discuss continued concerns over their children's education at the Georgetown middle school. Groups of unhappy parents have been vocal in their frustration with how the middle school is being run ever since then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee removed popular principal Patrick Pope. Hyde-Addison Elementary Principal Dana Nerenberg was …