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Fenty: "Whoa!"

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was promoting improvements to this year's summer youth jobs program at Ballou Senior High School yesterday when another issue came falling down.

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He was in a first-floor classroom with several students, demonstrating how to register online when there was a sudden thud.

"Whoa!" he said.

A ceiling tile had dropped onto a table.

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Fenty has made improving public education and school buildings a priority of his administration. Will Ballou move to the top of the list?

By Nikita R Stewart  |  March 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Talk about experiencing what children experience!! There are several schools that had permanent missing tiles, holes in bathroom doors, missing bricks off of the exterior of the buildings ... he must not have visited those schools.

Posted by: southyrndiva | March 19, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I realize one errant loose tile does not signify a major deficit in the school reform effort. Still, I see it as a symbol of the pressing problems of the schools that Fenty/Rhee have neglected in favor of putting their energies into firing teachers.

I also wonder how hard it would have been to get that tile replaced if it hadn't dropped in the Mayor's presence with press cameras flashing.

Would a principal's report result in immediate repair, or would it take a teacher emailing Chancellor Rhee direct to get the job done?

Posted by: efavorite | March 19, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

This happened in my classroom a few years ago: it's the result of a leaky roof. When the tiles get water-logged, they fall. I told my principal, the custodian a million times and nothing ever got done. Now I'm in another room and I bet the roof there still leaks. I did email Rhee a while ago about another thing and got an immediate response.

Posted by: chelita | March 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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