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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.

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 22, 2009; 8:14 AM ET
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This didn't make anything any clearer. They will have authority over three staffers does not clarify if they have a choice on who they hire. If it's still a choice from a list "given" to them then what's different?

Posted by: candycane1 | September 22, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

candycane1: Remember, the council and mayor fashions constituents as being stupid and unable to use deductive reasoning. To answer your question, there would be no difference if the superintendent (a mayoral appointee) selects the 3 staffers that the board can choose from the board still has no autonomous authority over their budget and staffing selection.

Whoever votes for this measure, who is up for reelection at-large or in my Ward, will vote themselves out of my support. That goes for those who may run for Mayor as well. If they are going to do Fenty's bidding to derail the will of the people from the Council, I may as well vote for him and find a new Council who will represent the will of the people.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | September 22, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I hope everyone comes to the rally, Thursday, Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m., at 825 North Capitol. Parents, teachers, community activists, and students will be rising up to make our displeased voices heard about the hijacking/undermining of public education by rhee and those of her ilk!

Posted by: schooletal | September 22, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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