Kaya Henderson

Within hours of LL’s story last week on Wilson High School principal Peter Cahall getting his walking papers from school system administrators at the end of the school year, Cahall’s students were talking on Twitter about protesting his involuntary exit. Alas for them, though, District of Columbia Public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson can’t be swayed.

Speaking to reporters after a Near Mayor Muriel Bowser transition press conference, Henderson says her decision about Cahall is final.

“My hope is that people understand that these are not decisions that we take lightly,” Henderson says.

Henderson declined to talk in detail about Cahall’s exit. In a letter to councilmembers, though, Cahall claimed that he’s being pushed out over test scores, a move he calls “arbitrary.” Cahall made news earlier this year when he came out as gay during Wilson’s gay pride events.

“I really wish that I could say more,” Henderson said.

Final decision or not, Cahall himself seems to have moved on. In a mass email Friday, Cahall said he’s considering moving to the Dominican Republic to write a book.

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