SIMMONS: D.C. schools chief, watch your back

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Another thing she should keep in mind is the fact that once it becomes apparent that teaching and learning are taking hold in a troubled system, the schools chief disappears — courtesy of command-and-control-style politicians.

At one point during last week’s truancy hearing, Ms. Henderson seemed truly concerned about the high volume of non-educators in our schools.

She said she doesn’t even know who these people are or why most of them are inside schools.

School choicers know it’s because of political meddling, and she can ask any of her predecessors from the past 20 years.

Ms. Henderson appears to be a committed visionary who can clearly see what can be in the face of what is.

The pace of teaching and learning in the name of school reform needs no more obstacles or unreasonable red tape.

It needs to be free to move with all deliberate speed.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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