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(Washington Examiner) — Members of the panel who advised Mayor Vincent Gray on his selection of Kaya Henderson as the new D.C. schools chancellor were concerned that the process would “come off as a sham” as some said they would rather evaluate multiple candidates.  “[A] panel member objected to a system where the mayor hand-picks a chancellor, the chancellor hand-picks the deputy chancellor, and the public’s opinion is not considered throughout all personnel decisions in the ranks of [D.C. Public Schools] leadership,” wrote Katherine Bradley, co-chairwoman of the Chancellor Selection Advisory Panel, in a report released Tuesday. The 2007 Public Education Reform Amendment Act required Gray to convene a panel to advise him on the nomination of the chancellor. Chief of Staff Gerri Mason Hall kicked off the Feb. 24 meeting by reading a message from Gray that “made it clear that the 2007 [act] did not anticipate our current situation … the committee is not starting from scratch to fill an open position,” Bradley wrote.

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