Fenty and Rhee: 'We fell short' on building support
In a valedictory piece co-written for our Sunday Outlook section, outgoing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee acknowledge that they undermined their school reform efforts by not building stronger support for the sweeping changes.
"When it came to ensuring broad support for our work, we fell short," they wrote. "The lessons learned from that weakness, however, can become a strength. We reach out today to ask the entire community to embrace the school reform efforts in the months and years ahead.
Recounting their achievements (including rising test scores, improved school facilities and reduction of a bloated central office bureaucracy), Fenty and Rhee said that they began their collaboration with a pact that they would always "put children first and make decisions that would be in their best interest, even when -- especially when -- we knew it would cause consternation among adults. This pact was our true north." Now, they said, "the pact cannot merely be between two people" but an entire community.
They praised presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray and the school administration that they leave behind, but cautioned that difficult choices are ahead, "such as deciding what to do with teachers who are rated 'minimally effective' " under the IMPACT evaluation system.
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