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Fenty Says He Is Dedicated to School Funding

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) indicated in an interview this morning that he will oppose the council's proposed $45 million cut in funding for public education.

Fenty proposed $250 million in cuts himself to help the city in one of the toughest budget crunches since the 1990s. But the council is looking to restore some of those cuts, which could mean raising some taxes and finding other cuts, such as in education.

The mayor has made public education a priority of his administration and has been praised and criticized for giving schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee a sort of blank check. "My commitment is to help the chancellor have all the resources necessary for her reform," he said in an interview.

Fenty said he will consult with Rhee to find out how much of an impact the loss of $45 million would have on schools to determine the route he will take with the council.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Budget , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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How about stop running two school systems? By now we should know which charters work and what DCPS programs work. Is this an eternal experiment or what?

Posted by: simplewords999 | July 30, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

How about getting one competent leader so we can keep a public school system? How could losing forty-five million dollars hurt when students are leaving in droves? Why would Fenty have to consult with Rhee about the budget? Shouldn't he know what's being spent as her supervisor on a continual basis since he's the only person she's needing to explain herself to? He should recall that she asked the Council for more money when they finally stepped up and told her no.

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 2, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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