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D.C. Schools Chancellor To Step Down, Leaving Legacy Of Progress

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who has built a national reputation for shepherding a troubled school district through rapid improvements, announced Wednesday that she would step down from her post in the fall.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), who said she did not ask Henderson to resign, tapped John Davis, the school system’s chief of schools, to serve as interim chancellor beginning Oct. 1. A national search for a permanent chancellor will kick off later this year, and a replacement likely won’t start until after the 2016-2017 school year concludes.

Henderson had long said she planned to stay at the helm of D.C.’s public school system at least until 2017, to see her reforms through. But in an interview Wednesday she said that leaving in September — a “slow time” for the school system, after the new school year opens — feels right.