Who Pulled Officials From Cheh Forum?
District staff routinely make the rounds of evening community meetings to discuss school issues. That's what Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) had in mind when she invited three of them to her education forum at Alice Deal Middle School last night.
But when you're chair of the council's government operations committee, proposing to reduce Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office budget by $287,000 and pressing him for details about the donation of the firetruck donated to the Peaceoholics, then the routine is not that routine.
A couple of hours before the 6:30 meeting, according to sources, Cheh's staff received a call with the news that DCPS operations director Jesus Aguirre and two officials from the District's school construction agency, Tony Robinson and Will Mangum, would be no shows. After more checking, sources said, word came back that they stayed away under orders from Fenty's office.
D.C. State Board of Education member Laura McGiffert Slover and interim DCPS ombudsman Jeff Ross did appear as promised.
Cheh had no comment. Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said she could not confirm that anyone in the mayor's office gave such an order.
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