Council Open to Compromise on Ed Board Funding
The D.C. Council appears to be backing away from its plans to attempt an override of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's veto of funding to the State Board of Education.
At a press conference this morning, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said members will work with the administration today to try to iron out a compromise to avoid an override attempt.
"We are trying to find the best solution we can," Gray said. "There may be some way we can do this."
The council approved $950,000 in the fiscal 2010 budget for the board to hire a couple of staffers to make its own spending decisions. The board's nine members are elected but have no authority over day-to-day school operations. That power rests solely with Fenty (D) and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee under the 2007 law that dissolved the old D.C. Board of Education.
For the second time this year, Fenty vetoed Gray's proposed funding change because he worried it would jeopardize school reform efforts.
In an interview today, Gray rejected suggestions that giving the board additional resources would affect Rhee and school reform efforts. But Gray said he and other council members are ready to see if an agreement can be reached.
"We are trying to do something that will get everyone to the finish line," Gray said. "We are going to continue to keep talking throughout the day."
Gray said one possible solution is putting "clarifying language" in the budget clearly specifying the limits on board's authority and spending.
September 21, 2009; 12:51 PM ET
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