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Addendum to Fenty-Rhee story

I got some questions today about why I didn't describe the status of Kati Haycock's involvement in the mayoral race, given that I'd done so with two others (Mary Lord and Mary Filardo) quoted in the piece. Haycock, president of the Education Trust, and clearly a major supporter of Rhee, said in an e-mail this morning: "I intend to vote for the Mayor. And if you drove by my house you would see a sign. But that, to date, is the extent of my involvement."

Mary Filardo, executive director of the 21st Century School Fund and identified in the Georgetown Dish as co-host of a June 6 fundraiser for Gray, also said today: "The 21st Century School Fund is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and has no position on the elections. We work with whomever is in office and believe that every official needs a watchful public."

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By Bill Turque  |  August 19, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Mayor's Race  
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efavorite - good job!!!! You are getting their attention. I'm awaiting your guest column or letter to the editor at least.

Keep up the good work and many of us are learning from you.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 19, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Kati Haycock is a strange bird.
She has gotten all bent out of shape because, as she puts it, the AFT and NEA put teacher jobs before food stamps.

Yet, in the few weeks since it was revealed by Rep. Obey that the Obama administration wanted to cut food stamps to fund Race To The Top, Kati has been silent.
Even her screed about the AFT and NEA avoids any criticism of the Obama administration.

Typical of the professional education reformers- don't let facts get in your way.

Posted by: edlharris | August 19, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Bill - Thanks, this on-line piece is something, but not enough.

Let's see a clarification in print and on the on-line article itself.

You know that far fewer people see this than see the print article. Thousands of people are being misled by your omission. Please correct that. You are too good a journalist to let it go.

I'm appealing to you and Valerie Strauss to rectify this.

Posted by: efavorite | August 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

oknow1 - Thank you.

We all need to keep plugging away at this.

Posted by: efavorite | August 19, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget to add Mike Casserly to the oft quoted authorities who is so close to Rhee that he cannot see his nose. Clearly, he is as biased as bias can be. Haycock should never be quoted as far a Rhee is concerned.

Posted by: topryder1 | August 20, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I suggest that the Post hire a biplane to drag a banner reading "Haycock=Fenty" through the skies over DC.

Also, it looks like eflavorice may have gotten--in the ID of Filardo as co-hostess of a June Gray fundraiser--a little sour with her sweet.

Posted by: gardyloo | August 20, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Gardyloo --Fildardo was already identified as a Gray supporter. The point is that Haycock was not identified as a close Rhee colleague and her mayoral preference in the article was not mentioned.

I am concerned about presenting all the relevant facts,which Turque is usually good at doing.

I'm still waiting for the clarification to the article in the print newspaper and on the on-line article.

Posted by: efavorite | August 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I keep wondering, if DC gets a truly effective superintendant - will WaPo pressure Turque not to report about the truly good things this person may be doing? Will they pressure him to write negative things about the NEW superintendant?

For some reason WaPo seems to so much into firing teachers and administrators (whether they are effective or not) that they seem not to be interested in good education at all.

I have a fear that they will compare a new effective superintendent negatively against Michelle Rhee and her reign of Firing.

Posted by: educationlover54 | August 20, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse


Read below from the story. What was "reported" is now confirmed. My point was that clarifications and fairness sometimes bring about the unexpected relevant fact. Forewarned is forearmed.

From the story:
"Mary Filardo, director of the 21st Century School Fund, who has been reported to be a Gray supporter, said dollar totals. . ."

(Please don't be thrown off by the appositive directly followed by a relative clause, which creates a welter of commas. Had I written the story, I would have led off the sentence with "21st Century School Fund Director Mary Filardo, who is reported. . . ")

Posted by: gardyloo | August 20, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Why accept mediocrity in our schools? Ms. Rhee is holding her employees to a laudable standard and good for her. She wasn't hired to fix poverty, child illness, poor parenting, etc. She was hired to improve the education of DC's children. The old way wasn't working.

Posted by: HoyaRad | August 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

hoyared - the problem is that you can't fix education without addressing issues outside of the control of schools. Rhee's way isn't working either. We need to find a way that does work, not just fire teachers and principals, threaten people that they must raise scores or else and hope for the best.

gardyloo - I'm open to any additional information that is accurate and relevant.

Posted by: efavorite | August 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@efavorite asks for perpetual delay of changes in school by asserting "you can't fix education without addressing issues outside of the control of schools." Yes, let us wait to erase poverty and penalize inattentive or missing parents, then we will deal with ineffective teachers and other little problems on the road to a good public education. That is totally unacceptable to almost everyone in the District, and you know it. And, yes, Vince Gray does not want to wait that long.

Posted by: axolotl | August 20, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

let us ADDRESS poverty, and not ignore it and not pretend that all it takes is great teachers or any one component to raise scores. That is insanity.

And Vince Gray knows it, as does any other thoughtful person.

Posted by: efavorite | August 20, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

blah, blah, blah
Posted by: axolotl | August 20, 2010 7:40 PM.

IS this the result of one of your ganja trips to Bermuda?

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | August 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the information, Bill. Education readers can always count on you and Valerie to provide great research.

Posted by: lacy41 | August 21, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse


No, I take de money and run Venezuela, eh?

Posted by: axolotl | August 24, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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