Report: D.C. Officials Got ‘Special’ Treatment in School Lottery

By Sam Dorman

Children of Washington, D.C. public officials reportedly bypassed a lottery system for getting into coveted public schools by leveraging their relationship with a willing D.C. Public Schools chancellor, the Washington Post reports.

Seven out of 10 people requesting special treatment received help from Chancellor Kaya Henderson who rejected favors requested by others with less influence, including a deaf Vietnamese immigrant asking that her daughter get into a school where she could practice sign language.

Henderson reportedly admitted to giving preferential treatment but defended herself, arguing that she was “thoughtful and judicious in her decisions and did not hand out the discretionary placements ‘like candy'” and by seeming to suggest that public officials didn’t make enough money in D.C, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser’s top aides and officials, including City Administrator Rashad M. Young who received $295,000 in annual salary, were among those who received Henderson’s help. Bowser reportedly denied to the Post any wrongdoing on her deputies’ part.

News of the scandal came in a report on a D.C. Inspector General’s investigation into Henderson’s conduct during the 2015 lottery season.

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Source:: Washington Free Beacon