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Vote Fenty, or else

In the last hours of the campaign, Fenty forces are making sure no worst-case scenario goes unspun when describing a Gray administration. Monday morning, Fenty campaign staff called around to Post reporters asking if anyone had pointed out that the District's $75 million "Race to the Top" grant was contingent on following through with Fenty-Rhee education reforms already put into motion, such as broader use of test-score data to inform decisions and more intense teacher professional development. The answer was yes, in this story.

A few minutes later came this tweet from Fenty 2010: "A thought: DC's Race to the Top's $75 million will be lost if anything is changed in #Fenty & #Rhee's education reform plan. Vote for 4 more."

Difficult to know what "anything" means although it's hard to imagine that all $75 million would be off the table for minor tweaks, as the message implies.

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By Bill Turque  |  September 13, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Mayor's Race , Michelle Rhee  
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Come on, Bill - how about an update making it clear that the RttT is NOT contingent on who is Chancellor or Mayor.

Posted by: efavorite | September 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Race to the top is not reform.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A vote for Fenty is a vote to have Bill Gates dominate and run DC.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 13, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Bill Turque writes, "By contrast, Superintendent Jerry D. Weast plans to step down next year after 12 years at the helm of Montgomery County schools. Loudoun County Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III has led that school system since 1991."

The qualifications, experience and methodology of these Superintendents is exactly the type of leadership that the DCPS has needed. Instead we have a Chancellor who's experience at Harvard is best summed up by this common disclaimer by the students and faculty of the Harvard School of Education, "She went to the School of Government." Seriously!!!


Here is the Bio of Jerry D. Weast, Ed.D; MCPS Superintendent of Schools:

Dr. Jerry D. Weast is Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools, the largest and most diverse school system in Maryland and the 16th largest district in the nation. Appointed to the position in 1999 and reappointed in 2003 and 2007, Dr. Weast is directing an ambitious comprehensive reform effort designed to raise academic standards and narrow the achievement gap for nearly 140,000 students. Since 2004, Dr. Weast has led an inclusive team of school system and union leaders, working together with Harvard University researchers and leaders from prominent school systems across the nation in the Public Education Leadership Project, to study school system governance. The managerial excellence he has overseen led to Montgomery County Public Schools’ receipt of the U.S. Senate/Maryland Productivity Award in 2005. In addition, the school system was a 2006 Finalist for a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In May 2008, Dr. Weast was honored by APQC, a nonprofit benchmarking and best practices organization, with the C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Pioneer Medal in recognition of his innovative leadership in dramatically driving quality and process improvement in K–12 education....

Internationally, Dr. Weast has addressed members of the European Council of International Schools, has undertaken Fulbright-funded travel to Northern Ireland to consult with school administrators on school integration... The author of numerous educational research articles and reports, Dr. Weast serves on the boards of various policy, educational, business and community organizations, including the Committee for Economic Development, Peabody College (Vanderbilt University) National Ed.D. Advisory Board, and Junior Achievement Worldwide Education Group.

Dr. Weast was appointed a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Duke University. He holds an Ed.S. Degree in General Administration from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University, where he was named to the Hall of Fame in the College of Education.


Seriously ... Don't you think it is possible to find a more qualified Chancellor than Michelle A. Rhee? I hope you do, otherwise please start writing a biography of this failed faux educator.

Posted by: AGAAIA | September 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Fenty/Rhee/Gates have only succeeded in creating a DCPS education black box based on generating profits for the high-stakes testing conglomerates, on-line curriculum/testing industry, hedge fund managers, and charter operators. They don’t reveal the names of the insiders behind the curtain who are cashing in on students. It’s like Enron and Wall Street. Parents ask questions about conflicts of interest and the companies with DCPS contracts. Vote for Gray!

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | September 13, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Fnty is getting unbelievably desperate claiming that DC will lose RTT funds if he loses the election. But it is not just desperate it is an outright lie.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | September 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Question- have any of the school leaders in counties doing well I.e.fairfax or moco endorsed or either stated their support of Rhee?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 13, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This is gutter politics at its best ! Does Fenty and the Post really believe that the electorate in the District of Columbia is either stupid or gullible enough to fall for this doomsday scare tactic !
This is yet another reason to vote Adrian Fenty out ! He is proving to be desperate and pathetic to have sunken this low. The Post is right down in the cesspool with him !

Posted by: ellislawoffice | September 14, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Mayor Vince will be a doormat for those DCPS teachers who are virulent unionistas, crying for their colleagues to be rehired. Luckily, RTTT funds cannot be used for that, but Vince as mayor will invite as many lawsuits and grievances as the city government can possibly stand. This is only one kind of chaos his advent would visit on DCPS and us all. He's a great guy, but he yearns for the good ole days, and Marion will help him celebrate those days, attempting to dispense payback to those they deem responsible for the City's ills. Yes, it is obviously time for all those who consider themselves victims to return to the fore. Yea, verily, we are all victims, and will think and act like that as long as possible -- even though Congress and the American people have enough of our nonsense. The District will become more of a butt and target for derision than it is today. Statehood will recede years further into the future, and federal courts will step in at some point to install court-appointed people to run even more DC agencies. We are very experienced in being that kind of victim. So, ya'll come to day's victory watch. See you at 4:30, fellow commenters. Be sure to vote. Leave No Teacher Behind.

Posted by: axolotl | September 14, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

As a signatory to the grant, I absolutely guarantee you that the grant will not be rescinded if Fenty is not re-elected and if Rhee leaves.

No real plan's success is dependent on one person. That is not called a plan that is called a failure.

Posted by: topryder1 | September 14, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

efavorite, it sounds as if Bill was rolling his eyes as he was writing this. (Hint, hint..."Vote Fenty or else" as title.) Of course the players can change without the actual plan changing. It's just so sad how Fenty is actually threatening voters this way.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 14, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Ah, but it is all contingent. Read the rules from the US Dept of Ed. If Gray wins, he was supported by the Teacher's Union who do not want the major reforms that Rhee/Fenty have established. Therefore, Rhee will go, Gray will replace her with someone likely to overturn it all, and bye bye $$$.

Posted by: Woodie731 | September 14, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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