Compromise Hammered Out on School Board Hires
The State Board of Education will have the authority to hire three staffers selected from a list given to members by the superintendent under a compromise hammered out by D.C. Council members Monday.
The education board, stripped of most of its power after the mayoral takeover in 2007, would have been given more autonomy through language and a budget boost added to the budget support act by the council.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) used his veto power, and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) appeared poised to override it. But on Friday and over the weekend, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee lobbied council members. Fenty said in an earlier interview that Rhee did not believe a more powerful education board was the way to run the school district.
By Monday, council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) had come up with the compromise. The mayor's administration, D.C. Wire is told, has signed off.
"It basically gives latitude and lets everyone walk away with what they want," one council member said.
The council is expected to vote Tuesday.
-- Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig
Washington Post Editors
September 21, 2009; 6:27 PM ET
Categories: City Life , D.C. Council , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig
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