A parody: Baseball phenom to run D.C. schools
Here’s another news parody from Gary Babad, a clinical social worker, who writes often for the NYC Public School Parents Blog. His first parody on this blog was about BP, teachers and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
By Gary Babad
July 16, 2010 (GBN News Washington Bureau) -- While acclaimed Washington Nationals’ rookie Stephen Strasburg was not chosen for the All Star team as many had been advocating, he will be given another high-profile role. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that as of next week, Strasburg will be replacing Michelle Rhee as chancellor of D.C. public schools.
The move came as a complete shock to just about everyone involved in the educational system. Rhee had all but endorsed D.C. Mayor Fenty for re-election, indicating that she might not remain as chancellor if his opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, unseats him.
But the mayor is said to have concluded that, as much as he has supported the chancellor’s educational reforms, Strasburg is far more popular than the controversial Rhee and would provide a greater boost to his campaign.
Despite almost unanimous respect for Strasburg’s baseball skills, some critics reacted to the appointment by contending that he still lacks experience as a pitcher, let alone as an educational administrator.
But Rhee herself came to the job with little experience, and has preferred to employ new teachers such as Teach for America recruits over those with many years in the system. As a spokesperson for the mayor told GBN News: “In education these days, lack of experience is not a liability. It’s a prerequisite.”
Still, Strasburg may find it difficult to keep up with the demands of the new job, given that he will only be at it four days out of five. Every fifth day, he will continue to take the mound for the Washington Nationals.
And the mayor’s choice for chancellor may not even help the D.C. schools’ Race to the Top application. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a rabid basketball fan, is said to have favored LeBron Jamesfor the position.
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| July 16, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Tags: d.c. schools, lebron james, michelle rhee, news parody, parody on d.c. schools, reforming d.c. schools, rhee and fenty, stephen strasburg
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