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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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By Bill Turque  | October 15, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
 
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please note --
(the following pertinent fact):

guess what?

part of Queen M. Rhee's
(seeming) MESSIANIC COMPLEX
is that her
birthday is (actually)... December 25th !

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

please note --
(the following pertinent fact):

guess what?

part of Queen M. Rhee's
(seeming) MESSIANIC COMPLEX
is that her
birthday is (actually)... December 25th !

========================
See also...

Narcissistic personality disorder
Hubris
Megalomania
Messiah complex

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 15, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Rhee should SHUT UP and go away.

I am sick of these two trying to build their sorry resumes on the backs of DC residents and children.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | October 16, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I too am tired of the rancor. Fenty, from his first day in office became nasty and unavailable to the voters. He kept listening to Bloomberg, who with $12 billion dollars in personal assets bought his re-election. It was Bloomberg and Joel Klein who said they did not bother to consult parents on school reform, because ...what could they actually tell them... Washington is not New York City. His advice was meaningless...oops and so was his endorsement...my that is like the people from everywhere else who are commenting in these articles...they don't pay taxes and vote here!!!

Please spare us this dramatic exit, education reform began in DC long before either of you came on the scene, and it will continue long after you have gone. Governmental reform began before Fenty, with Tony Williams, who was re-elected for a second term. But even as shy as he was he showed up to community meetings took his butt kicking and won a second term to office.

Fenty made it clear our opinions did not count. We made it clear that they do.

Posted by: topryder1 | October 18, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

So Rhee didn't mention the falling test scores at the elementary level?

Posted by: jlp19 | October 18, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Turque, I congratulate you for doing a good job reporting on Michelle Rhee in spite of the enormous pressure you were under from her fans.

Posted by: jlp19 | October 18, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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