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D.C. Wire: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Rhee and Weingarten: How About Two Mediators?

Contract talks between DCPS and teachers' union reps resumed a few days ago, but the principal players aren't saying much. That includes newly minted mediator Kurt Schmoke, who when asked for an interview--even with the provision that he didn't have to wade into any pesky contract details--said he'd have to...

By Bill Turque  |  May 8, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Losing Bidder Appeals Crime Lab Contract Pick

Did D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) jump the gun earlier this week in announcing that the city was awarding a Baltimore-based construction company a $133 million contract to build a forensics laboratory? Yes, says a rival company that has filed a protest with the city's Contract Appeals Board. An...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 8, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Class Dismissed For Saunders

Nathan Saunders' forced march back to the classroom has ended. After a meeting yesterday with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, the WTU general vice president reported that he had been restored to full time union duties. Saunders was dispatched to teach social studies at Eastern High School last month after deputy...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  May 7, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Rhee and Klein Talk Reform

Given the guests and their advertised topic, the elements for a provocative evening seemed to be in place. "Can the New York City School System Serve as a Model for DC?" That was the question posed to the cities' two chancellors, Joel Klein and Michelle A. Rhee, by the local...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  May 7, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nickles: Fire Truck Witnesses Will Be No-Shows

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles says deputy fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth will not be available for depositions in a D.C. Council probe into the donation of a fire truck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic. The council Committee on...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 6, 2009; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Empower DC To Rally Against Fenty

Empower DC's campaign to stop the sale of public property to private interests continues tomorrow evening with a concert on Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the John A. Wilson Building. Local rock and funk bands will provide the entertainment for the event that will mix music with...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 6, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Weingarten Tells WTU Members to Play Nice

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten appealed to Washington teachers yesterday evening to stay together as she and their union tried to negotiate a new contract with the District. "The thing that most disturbs me is in-fighting in the membership," she told a Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) reception...

By Bill Turque  |  May 6, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Hip-Hop Mayor?

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) showed his love of hip-hop today when Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC of legendary Run-DMC, helped the city launch its month-long campaign to increase foster homes. DMC are McDaniels's initials, but Fenty said, "I thought it stood for devastating mic control," referring...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 5, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Barry Warns of "Civil War" Over Gay Marriage

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), the only council member to vote against the bill today to legalize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, predicted today there could be a "civil war" in the District if the Council decides to take up a broader gay marriage bill later this year....

By Tim Craig  |  May 5, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (258)
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D.C. Council Votes 12-1 to Recognize Other States' Gay Marriages

UPDATE 2: After further debate, a second vote was taken, with D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) deciding to vote against the proposal. The final count is 12-1 in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Read the full story. UPDATE: D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 5, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Will Rhee Be Nathan Saunders' New Best Friend?

Nathan Saunders has never had much of anything good to say about Michelle Rhee, the D.C. schools chancellor he believes is out to destroy the Washington Teachers Union. That's why the meeting he's scheduled for tomorrow could be a bit, um, awkward. Saunders is asking Rhee to reverse a decision...

By Bill Turque  |  May 5, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Gray Defends Earmarks

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) today defended efforts on the Council to load up the budget with millions of dollars of earmarks, despite efforts last year to restrain the practice. In response to questioning from community activist and blogger Dorothy Brazile, Gray said he's hopeful the earmarks in...

By Tim Craig  |  May 4, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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