DC public schools head Rhee announces resignation

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2010 11:16 AM
DC public schools head Rhee announces resignation

The head of the D.C. public school system says she is resigning.

Michelle Rhee made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. She says the thought of not being chancellor anymore is "heartbreaking."

Rhee took over one of the worst urban school systems in the country in 2007 with a mandate from Mayor Adrian Fenty to improve them. Since then, she has arguably improved test scores but also angered many with teacher layoffs, firings and a brusque style.

Rhee's departure is not surprising since she campaigned for Fenty, who lost his re-election bid in a September primary.

Fenty says Rhee will resign at the end of the month. She will be replaced on an interim basis by Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson.