Sunday, September 28, 2008

DC schools name new special education chief

For two weeks after Dr. Phyllis Harris took off followed by another special education leader's demise, DCPS special education was left without two important people to lead us in the middle of chaos. Now here's something from the Examiner, I hope he's a better special education leader:

WASHINGTON - Officials say the District's public schools have named a new deputy chancellor to lead the system's troubled special education system.

Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, told the D.C. Examiner that Richard Nyankori will take over the post. Nyankori previously served as an administrator for Baltimore public schools.

He's the third special education chief the $300 million special education system has seen in 15 months. Rhee has pledged to reform the system, which critics say doesn't address the mental and physical disabilities of thousands of children.

However, a federal monitor criticized Rhee last month for shifting her focus away from reform.

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