More on the State Board of Education
D.C. Wire is learning more about the compromise on the State Board of Education.
On Tuesday, the council will vote on a proposal that gives the board authority over three staffers - a measure that sidesteps the council's need to override a mayoral takeover.
Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) was pushing an override that might not be popular as campaign season kicks off. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty remains dedicated to his education plan that pretty much gives schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee the last word in decision-making.
On Monday, D.C. Wire was told council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) were the driving forces of the compromise. Gray was actually involved, knowing that some council members were reluctant to pick yet another fight with the mayor. He made calls over the weekend, council sources said.
Meanwhile, Catania served as spokesman and took the idea to city administrator Neil O. Allbert and Attorney General Peter Nickles. They agreed.
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