Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Council Chides Reinoso for Delay in School Study

D.C. Council members at a hearing today criticized Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso for a seven-month delay in naming independent researchers to conduct a required long-term evaluation of the school system's new governance.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration, under the legislation that put him in charge of the schools, was required to name a team of evaluators in September to study how the new structure affects student achievement over time. The study will examine changes initiated by Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, including the introduction of new business operations, teacher hiring and training procedures and plans to close and reorganize about 50 schools.

But council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) questioned whether the researchers, nominated in April, would be able to produce a credible report by September. Because they would start so late, he said, they would have to rely on the school system's data rather than their own research. The short time frame "is a source of extreme concern," Gray said. "I don't even know if we can guarantee that the data was gathered in an appropriate way."

"We missed our deadline. That was an oversight on our part," Reinoso said. "We think we can move forward rigorously and vigorously."

Reinoso is seeking to hire Kenneth Wong, chairman of the Brown University school of education and Frederick Hess, director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute. Reinoso said both have extensively studied mayoral takeover in other cities.

Gray also questioned how impartial the evaluators would be, given that Wong testified in favor of the D.C. mayoral takeover legislation and that Hess wrote an op-ed piece in The Post last September praising Rhee.

Reinoso said the two have been critical of how some cities have implemented mayoral takeover of schools and would bring a "skeptical eye" to their research.

Dion Haynes

By Dion Haynes  |  May 23, 2008; 1:58 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Union Leader Responds to Firings in Attorney General Office
Next: Gray's House Broken Into While He Was Home


In my testimony before the Committee following the testimony of Deputy Mayor Reinoso and Kenneth Wong, I questioned the lack of public involvement in the preparation of the study research design and the possible conflict of interest. I also expressed concern about the lack of transparency and the connection of the evaluators and the private funders. I stated the District should be paying for this evaluation. I also stated the Chancellor and Deputy Mayor Reinoso have unfairly and unduly misrepresented other opinions as supporting the status quo. The Chancellor and Deputy Mayor Reinoso been very divisive in their approach to education reform.

Posted by: Robert Vinson Brannum | May 23, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Having expressed on opinion does not necessarily make one biased. Anyone who is sufficiently knowledgeable to qualify as an evaluator for this type of project will have come to conclusions over time regarding the general efficacy of certain processes. Each evaluation project, however, will have its own design and indicators. So then it's just a question of integrity.

Posted by: terpteacher | May 24, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm. It's just a question of integrity, then. And we're talking about DC gov and DCPS????

Posted by: shecky | May 26, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company