Fenty's charter school "conflict"
There's much more to say about charter funding issue I wrote about Wednesday. One person who's not saying anything is Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. On Monday afternoon, I contacted his office asking for comment about the charter school leaders who believe that the new teachers contract worsens already existing funding inequities between charters and DCPS. I asked his spokeswoman, Mafara Hobson, if the mayor believes there is equity, or something close to it, between DCPS and charters when it comes to money.
As of early Thursday afternoon, I've heard nothing back.
Ramona Edelin, executive director of the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools, says the silence is unfortunately typical of Fenty when it comes to charter issues. While deputy mayor for education Victor Reinoso and his chief of staff Eric Lerum have been available, Fenty has not.
"The mayor has not been very open to this kind of dialogue," said Edelin, who described Fenty's singleminded focus on Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and DCPS as a "conflict of interest."
"Unlike other mayors in other cities, who consider success to be success in all public schools, he has chosen to define his political niche around DCPS reform," she said. "It's most unfortunate."
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May 19, 2010; 4:58 PM ET
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