DC Judge Postpones Hearing to Determine WUSA Reporter’s Fate

An anchor for WUSA 9, J.C. Hayward, will have to wait a little longer before she learns if she will be allowed back on the air anytime soon. Hayward was put on leave from her job at the local CBS affiliate on October 2nd, after the District of Columbia named her in a complaint as one of five people who attempted to divert money from Options Public Charter School for personal gain. Hayward, who is chairwoman of the school, maintains her innocence and has requested to be removed as a defendant in the case. DC Superior Court Judge Craig Iscoe had scheduled a hearing today to consider the motion, but it was postponed until January 3rd, according to the court website. The hearing was postponed in order to give Options Public Charter, a city school for students in danger of dropping out, more time to respond to the complaint. This is the third time the school has requested such an extension.

In related news, the DC Public Charter School Board voted unanimously on Monday to close Options, citing a “pattern of fiscal mismanagement.”

For more, read WaPo reporter Emma Brown‘s excellent story on the scandal here.