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Gray rolls out ed platform

A day after Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee all but said she would hit the road if Vince Gray were elected mayor, the D.C. Council chairman rolled out his 15-page education manifesto. See the story here.

While Gray and Rhee clearly share common ground on many things -- teachers accountability, school safety, career and technical education -- the document displays in bold relief the philosophical gulf between the two. Gray's plan is filled with tributes to the virtues of The Process, with promises of heavier community engagement and reform built from the ground up. Rhee invests considerable time meeting with community stakeholders, but her style clearly skews toward action, with engagement and discussion as a secondary concern. This is, after all, the chancellor who told an Aspen Institute audience in 2008 that "cooperation, collaboration and consensus-building are way overrated."

Gray also strongly signals that he is likely to be more involved in the day-to-day management of the system.

"Vince Gray will lead not by empowering a strong Chancellor and stepping back, he will lead by empowering a strong Chancellor and getting involved," the plan said.

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By Bill Turque  |  July 1, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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Thanks, Chairman Gray, for having the guts to say that engagement is important and accountability needed in the educational reform process in Wash, DC. Your plan is thoughtful and shows how the reform process should work. Most important, there's a strong focus on what's available to young adults post high school----key to developing communities, businesses, and a strong middle class in all wards of the city.

Posted by: wordwise1 | July 1, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Real, authentic and lasting reform is always a grassroots movement. Thanks, Gray, for including the ordinary, every people in your education plan--the very people Rhee has completely disrespected and dismissed.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 2, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

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