de Blasio Examines Education Reform Advocate for Schools Chancellor

NY Daily News // November 20, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has put together a 60-member transition team tasked with helping select deputy mayors and other top positions at City Hall. According to the New York Daily News, de Blasio and his transition team have examined Kaya Henderson for schools chancellor:

One possibility for schools chancellor who fits that criteria is Kaya Henderson, the current head of the Washington school system and a Mount Vernon, Westchester, native, said a source.

Henderson, an education reform advocate, would be a peculiar choice for de Blasio, who campaigned on reversing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education reform policies in New York City. But the Daily News notes that Henderson has experience working with teachers unions to reach a new contract:

Henderson has experience hammering out a contract with D.C.'s tough teachers union - an obstacle that the next Big Apple chancellor will face - but shares much of Mayor Bloomberg's education reform philosophy, which could make her unpalatable to de Blasio.