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DCPS 2011 Budget Season Begins

Seems like the dust was just beginning to clear from all the scuffling over DCPS' 2010 budget, which included confrontations between Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and the D.C. Council over enrollment projections and teacher layoffs. But those who can't wait for another round will be pleased to know that Rhee will hold a public hearing on the FY 2011 budget--for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2010--on Monday. It will be from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Old Board Room at DCPS central offices, 825 North Capitol Street NE. Members of the public are welcome to testify for up to five minutes. If you're interested, contact Sang Yoon at or call 202-480-0860 before 5 pm Thursday. Or you can sign up when you get there. For some reason, DCPS asks that you bring three copies of your testimony.
Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  November 18, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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Hate to be a cynic but seriously, would it make a difference?

Posted by: missboo | November 18, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

DCPS likely wants copies of testimonies so they can deny the right to speak to anyone who isn't promoting Rhee's agenda.

Posted by: southyrndiva | November 18, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

This is a bogus public relations ploy to make it seem like Fenty and Rhee are adhering to public involvement requests. The budget process right now in DC is pointless. though the formal process starts in in a few weeks, DCPS has no idea what it's budget mark is and Rhee will not share her proposals and related costs.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 18, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Now you want to have a public hearing about the budget? When parents tried so desperately to be involved, they were ignored. Parents took Rhee to court and unfortunately the judge told parents that it would be the right thing for Rhee to do but because of the new governance structure, she could not make her involve parents and the community with budget input. So now that eerybody knows that willful mismanagement is the MO to achieve mass firings yet no reform, why should anybody trust Rhee? If anybody shows up to the hearings it should be to insist that the system is audited and that Rhee should be indicted for anti-deficiency. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to believe that she wants parents and the commuity to be inclusive. She made the statement again to CEO's that collaboration is overrated. Check out the Washington Business Journal. The chancellor is just a liar and a fraud.

The sooner we get rid of Fenty, Rhee goes too.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 18, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

two typos! Sorry folks!

Posted by: candycane1 | November 18, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Candycane - you should testify

Posted by: efavorite | November 18, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Efavorite, I hear you! One more my bad. I said WBJ. I was wrong. It was The Wall Street Journal. Check it out and then see if she cares about a public hearing. It's being held because Evans and Catania, her very strong supporters have told her to stop the madness and drama. That's like asking her to stop breathing. Again, she a liar and a fraud.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 19, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes, you should all testify about how upset you are about the public hearings. You can take your testimony from last year and just delete the word "no" from in front of "public hearings."

Posted by: Etch | November 19, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

candycane1 for Chancellor and Mayor. What the heck take control of both positions. Be the first.

What is the cost of a bus ticket to Sacramento and a train ticket to New York?

Posted by: shank2sb | November 19, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone checking how Michelle Rhee has actually been using money in the past?

Posted by: resc | November 20, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm so intrigued by Rhee, her supporters, and her opponents. For those of you against her, are you against reform for DCPS? Or just Rhee? If you're against Rhee specifically, I understand why, but just curious if you think DCPS doesn't need drastic change?

Posted by: vivace75 | November 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse


What reform has Rhee done? I think that is why people are against her, she is doing no real reform. I understand the press keeps saying she is doing reform, but I don't believe there is any basis for that in reality.

Posted by: resc | November 21, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

vivace75: For the record, I am all for reform. As a matter of fact DCPS was on track for reform before Rhee arrived. Fenty decided that he wanted total control, gained control and put an unqualified person at the helm that has caused nothing but destruction along the way. Rhee should never have been hired. She is a joke.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 22, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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