WASHINGTON – A former District of Columbia schools chancellor has been censured by the city's ethics board for soliciting a six-figure contribution from a company that was doing business with the school system.
The investigation of former chancellor Kaya Henderson was launched in May after The Associated Press reported that she had asked major contractors to give money to support a gala honoring teachers. Henderson stepped down at the end of September.
The AP reported that Henderson asked Chartwells for a $100,000 contribution to the gala, just weeks after the company was accused in a whistleblower lawsuit of cheating the school system out of $19 million.
Henderson agreed to the censure last week, saying she didn't realize her actions were prohibited under city ethics rules. The board decided against fining her.