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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/26/2011

D.C. to move Hardy Middle School principal

By Bill Turque

DCPS has decided to move Hardy principal Dana Nerenberg out of her post, culminating more than a year of turmoil at the Georgetown school. A senior school system source said Wednesday morning that students will bring a letter home today announcing that Nerenberg will resume her fulltime duties as principal at Hyde-Addison Elementary within the next one to two weeks. Nerenberg has been running both schools since the beginning of the academic year.

The move effectively pulls the plug on one of former Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's most bitterly contested decisions: her reassignment of veteran Hardy principal Patrick Pope. It was an attempt by Rhee to signal to families in the neighborhood that Hardy, which under Pope drew its predominantly African-American enrollment from across the city, was a regular neighborhood school. But the move produced an angry reaction from some Hardy parents, who saw it as an attempt by Rhee to ease black children out of the newly renovated school, one of the city's few academically viable middle schools. Rhee herself spawned some of the race and class-tinged debate by telling a Georgetown civic group that she wanted to "turn" the school.

Rhee said her remarks were misunderstood, but Hardy nevertheless mushroomed into an issue in the mayoral campaign, with then-candidate Vincent C. Gray questioning the wisdom of Pope's removal. School officials have been under intense pressure to remove Nerenberg, but the senior school source said this morning that her departure was a mutual decision, eased along by the pending maternity leave of Nerenberg's assistant principal at Hyde-Addison. Rather than put the elementary school through another transition, Nerenberg opted to return full time her original post.

School officials said they plan to consult with Hardy parents on the naming of an interim principal. The school community will then go through the regular "paneling" process, interviewing a pool of applicants to select a permanent leader this spring. School officials said this morning that Pope will not be a candidate for either the interim or permanent position.

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DCPS still refuses to admit they goofed. Who will run the school in the meanwhile.

Put Pope back and stop playing with the lives of the children.

School officials said they plan to consult with Hardy parents on the naming of an interim principal. The school community will then go through the regular "paneling" process, interviewing a pool of applicants to select a permanent leader this spring. School officials said this morning that Pope will not be a candidate for either the interim or permanent position.

Is this some kind of punishment that will continue against Pope. Shame, Shame, Shame.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | January 26, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, DCPS can only admit to one mistake at a time. And it's not presented as rectifying an error, heaven forbid. the change is all because an assistant principal is going on maternity leave!

I can hardly wait to see the letter that the kids get today.

Posted by: efavorite | January 26, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

this is really a simple issue that has gotten waaaaaaaaaay out of control.

I don't think it is mentioned often enough, but Pope is a white guy that simply ran a good program at Hardy. Some aspects of the race issue aren't as relevant when you bring that aspect out. This is more an issue of class (which shows they think certain folks are dispoable for their benefit). Those folks wanted to run over the principal and takeover the school for theri interests. Pope handled that crowd, but they had a trump card of having Rhee's ear. In response, DCPS is still afraid to do right by the school or the students to appease that community.

It's stupid to the point we will all watch Hardy decline.

Posted by: simplewords999 | January 26, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Amen to both simplewords999 and efavorite.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | January 26, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that a small but vocal group of parents waged a smear campaign against this new principal and never gave her a reasonable chance to succeed. Just think if all that vitriol had been re-directed to other ways to help the school succeed for students and staff. Still, DCPS's decision not to allow Mr. Pope to apply for the interim or final position is the right one. Had he acted in a responsible and professional manner, he would have asked these parents to shift their efforts from trying to get him back towards improving on the Hardy that he helped build and support the new principal. These parents did not wage a campaign for his return without his full support. This kind of unprofessional conduct should not be rewarded with a position (any position) within DCPS.

Posted by: rjc2 | January 26, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@rjc2

You must be joking. You show just how low the Rheeformers will sink to support the madness inflicted on DCPS and the students of this city.

To justify this situation by blaming Pope and the parents is sad.

Your girl f--ked up and Henderson is continuing in her footsteps.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | January 26, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Creating the mistake and correcting the mistake can somewhat be described as madness in a certain sense. You remove a principal with a promise to give him a new opportunity. You replace him with a principal who has to do dual roles. You replace her and here I go again with the madness of what? The operative word is to keep Kaya in place to continue reform and we are returning back to the status quo to help continue reform. It's SSDD personified.

Okay, we have a current-seasoned principal at Eastern who's going to be replace by the already hired principal in training, who's getting paid to plan for a year. Also, we have a new 100 million dollar school [Woodson] opening up within 8-months with no new principal being on deck to plan, replace, dual jobs, phase-out or phase-in. Please stop the madness and that is what it is madness and not mistakes.

You have a principal in limbo for a year, you have a principal in training with full salary to observe current principals at their job to only support her implementing year which doesn't begin until next year. What I find that many who are being observed by the principal in-training will not be retained. Which is probably when Kaya will hit the road after her official act of dismissing those principals.

It is no longer RTTT it is Mistakes to the Top and we are winning that race hands-down. What's the financial award for MTTT?

Posted by: PowerandPride | January 26, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hardy parents, students and students, I offer my condolences.

While getting an unqualified over-extended principal out is a start, the refusal to reinstate Pope doesn't bode well for Hardy.

I sat on a principal panel last year and it was a comedy of errors. Applicants offered up resumes with typos and spelling errors and (as you might expect with Rhee candidates) they had no experience.

Disaster doesn't even begin to describe the situation and now parents are fleeing the school.

What a mess. Hardy students really don't deserve this.

Posted by: Title1SoccerMom | January 26, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I am anxiously waiting for rjc2 to provide details. Maybe Pope had a secret Facebook page from where he conducted his campaign, manipulating children like Ms. Keeler.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | January 26, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok she is gone. Take her assistant principals with her. Henderson you love Rhee so much and hate Pope so much that you won't restore him to the post. You have never put the children first at Hardy. It's all about the power that you want to display to the public. But what about our children who attend this school? I sent my daughter to Hardy last school year because of its academic and arts program under the leadership of Mr. Pope. Gray I can't believe you are going to let her get away with this. Rhee and Henderson destroyed Hardy by removing Mr. Pope for no reason at all! Now he can't even apply for the position at the school he created and designed. How evil is that of the Rhee/Henderson administration? Gray you have the nerve to allow this type of behavior from the current Chancellor. Gray are you scared to do the right thing also? I'm sick to my stomach! BRING POPE BACK!

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 26, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Gray are you afraid if you bring Pope back the residents west of the park won't vote or support you? So what happened to children first? Oh I forgot only certain children are first when it comes to Gray, Rhee and Henderson. My daughter doesn't fit the mold of the students that come first. Maybe because we have a Ward 5 address you think?

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 26, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, simplewords999, for articulating two of the Big Lies of the Hardy debate.

Lie #1. You wrote: "Pope is a white guy that simply ran a good program at Hardy."

Undeniably, Patrick Pope is a white guy. However, he didn't run a good program at Hardy. I'll be the first to admit that standardized test scores have a lot of failings, but they do have some usefulness as a rough measure of achievement. So let's look at some test scores. All of the information is from http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/, for 2010.

The most commonly quoted number is percentage "proficient or above." For Hardy, the number is 67% in Math and 75% in reading. Is that a good number? Here are the numbers for the five feeder schools to Hardy:

Key 91/90
Mann 89/90
Stoddert 92/90
Hyde 88/78
Eaton* 75/78

(*Eaton families can choose between Hardy and Deal, very few attend Hardy).

What parent is going to be excited about moving their child from a school with test scores in the nineties to one in the sixties?

For comparison, here are the numbers for the two public schools most popular with Hardy in-boundary families:
Deal 84/83
Latin 83/81


Big Lie #2. You wrote: "Those folks wanted to run over the principal and takeover the school for theri interests."

A fact that has conveniently been left out of Bill Turque's coverage is that Hardy has always been under-enrolled during Pope's tenure. Hardy has a structural issue as a neighborhood school in that its attendance boundaries are too small for the capacity of the school. Even if every one of its feeder schools was at capacity, and every fifth-grader from every one of those schools chose Hardy, there would still be room for out-of-boundary students. The way the out-of-boundary process works in DC, once you're in you're in, so existing students have nothing to worry about. Siblings of existing students get sibling preference in the out-of-boundary lottery, so they have nothing to worry about either.

Only in DC could in-boundary families seeking to improve their neighborhood school be disparaged as "taking it over for their own interests"!

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 left off that Mr. Pope crossed Miss Rhee by not letting Hardy particiapte in her "Capital Gains" program, after she and Fenty made a big push at Hardy.

She also left off the scores of the kids who came to Hardy from across DC. Did their scores go up, down or stay the same?
What does that mean?

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | January 26, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"washpost4 left off that Mr. Pope crossed Miss Rhee by not letting Hardy particiapte in her "Capital Gains" program, after she and Fenty made a big push at Hardy."

I firmly believe that Mr. Pope has no one to blame but himself for losing his position, he would still be principal if he had done half of what was asked of him. After watching the way he has conducted himself in this affair I'm astonished he's still employed at all. His insubordination to Rhee -- and Rhee's bungling of it -- is the real root of the problem here.

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

DCPS is absolutely right in not reinstating Mr. Pope. In fact, he should count himself lucky that he even has a job in DCPS after all the stuff he has pulled in recent years. After he was told last year that he was being removed, he spent 5 months poisoning the well and promoting “Hope for Pope” nonsense instead of working to help the transition. He should have been thrown out for insubordination. We had one child go to Hardy under Mr. Pope and vowed not to send our other chidren there as long as Capt. Ahab, excuse me, Mr. Pope was running the ship. He thinks he is THE Pope. Mr. Pope demands that others to follow rules but he considers himself to be above them. When my child attended Hardy, Mr. Pope routinely suspended students and did not report many of the suspensions to the central administration as required. He also illegally used magnetometers (security wands) to line up dozens of students at a time in the cafeteria at lunch in order to seach them for cell phones. (By law, the magnetometers at DCPS schools are to be used solely at entrances to search for weapons.) He insisted on closing an LSRT meeting from the public generally, including parents who had children at the school. He tried to keep a PTA election from taking place because he did not approve of sole person who had volunteered to run for president. He enjoys having out-of-boundary students because it makes it easier for him to remove them from the school if they so much as question a school policy. One student I know asked for a forum to discuss a significant and sudden change in school policy. Within days, that student’s parents received a letter from Mr. Pope suggesting that the student either accept the policy (without discussion) or move back to the student’s local school.
Let’s not return to the days of having an abusive principal at Hardy. We can and need to do a lot better. Let’s find someone who will engage parents and students in a collaborative, respectful manner.

Posted by: thetruth32 | January 26, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 - when you wrote: For comparison, here are the numbers for the two public schools most popular with Hardy in-boundary families:
Deal 84/83
Latin 83/81

What is Latin? Did you mean to put the name of a school?

Posted by: 1moreandthen | January 26, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"washpost4 - when you wrote: For comparison, here are the numbers for the two public schools most popular with Hardy in-boundary families:
Deal 84/83
Latin 83/81

What is Latin? Did you mean to put the name of a school?"

"Latin" is Washington Latin Public Charter School, known colloquially as "Latin."

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

OK, washpost4 – you are discredited. You either willfully distorted the statistics or weren’t careful enough to present them properly.

You don’t mention that the racial breakdown in proficiency between Deal, Hardy and Latin is usually within a few points of each other and that the reason for Deal’s higher overall proficiency is that Deal has a whole population of high scoring Asians, and Hardy doesn’t have enough Asians to be counted.

Here are some examples – you can check out the rest at http://www.nclb.osse.dc.gov/schools.asp

Hardy Reading: Black 71.52% Hispanic 64.10% White 97.62%
Deal Reading: Black 75.34% Hispanic 61.63% White 96.82%
Latin Reading: Black 73.28% Hispanic N/A White 93.39

Hardy Math: Black 60.26% Hispanic 71.79% White 92.86%
Deal Math: Black 75.61% Hispanic 70.59% White 96.50%
Latin Math: Black 65.64% Hispanic 78.57% White 98.35%

Giving you the benefit of the doubt, perhaps someone gave you the numbers and you didn’t bother to check. If so, please don’t do that again.

Posted by: efavorite | January 26, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

to efavorite

I luv you! You always have your facts straight! Another thing washpost4 forgot to mention is what the children are not tested for and that is being a well-rounded student in fine arts (instrumental and vocal), visual arts, graphic arts. Areas that are not concentrated on at either Deal, or "Latin". The well-rounded student is the one who succeeds in the world. Thats why we chose to send our daughter to Hardy. Combination tests scores/arts program.

Posted by: helluvateacher | January 26, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

washpost4, I don't know who you are, but you're clearly drinking the DCPS koolaid, as evidenced by your statement to the effect that Mr. Pope did not do what was asked of him during the transition. As someone who was very close to the process, and who was personally aware of what was asked of him and what he provided (not just the DCPS spin in that regard), rest assured that he did all that was asked of him and more. Any deficiencies were created by DCPS or its new principal, not Mr. Pope.

DCPS would do well to tread very lightly now, because there would be many, many people discredited by disclosure of all the facts.

Posted by: Socrates5 | January 26, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you efavorite.
as for washpost4,
what do you mean by "His insubordination to Rhee - ...- is the real root of the problem here."

Dana couldn't get things to work because Mr. Pope is waging some sort of low level guerrilla campaign?

And do you have data on the test scores of the kids who came to Hardy from outside Georgetown?

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | January 26, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"School officials said this morning that Pope will not be a candidate for either the interim or permanent position."

I'm not a teacher at Hardy or a parent of students at Hardy, but I've occasionally had dealings with Pope in the past, and have known students and teachers at Hardy. I, and they, all give Pope high marks as a competent, caring, and able administrator - something often lacking in DCPS. Removing him to invent a phantom magnet school was worse than stupid. Not allowing him even to apply for his old position (knowing that the local LSRT would have almost definitely chosen him) is again, worse than stupid.
Henderson and Rhee have once more shown that they are different from previous DCPS administrations: the ones before were merely clueless and incompetent. The new crop of DCPS administrators are downright evil.

Posted by: TexasIke59 | January 26, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

efavorite --

Read my post again. I clearly said where I got my numbers from, the school profiles on the DCPS website. These are the numbers that DCPS puts front and center when it invites parents to compare schools. They're different from the numbers you chose but no less valid.

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Socrates5 wrote: "washpost4, I don't know who you are, but you're clearly drinking the DCPS koolaid, as evidenced by your statement to the effect that Mr. Pope did not do what was asked of him during the transition."

Not during the transition. Pope's problems with in-boundary families pre-date Michelle Rhee. If he had gone along in just a half-hearted manner with her plan to make Hardy more of a neighborhood school he'd still be working there.

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 -- "These are the numbers that DCPS puts front and center when it invites parents to compare schools." I guess since DCPS puts them "front and center" that's all we need to know about how appropriate they are, right? Forget any kind of more nuanced analysis. Like I said, you're drinking the koolaid.

Posted by: Socrates5 | January 26, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear DCPS admitted they made a mistake. DN is not experienced enough to run two schools. I feel the main reason she even has her position is that she has been one of the original drinkers of the DCPS kool-aid referred to. She was a TFA!
They should move her to a school in SE and see if she can turn one of those schools around.

Posted by: cosnowflake | January 26, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

efave...thanks for your clearer data than what was provided by washpost4!

Posted by: cosnowflake | January 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@They should move her to a school in SE and see if she can turn one of those schools around.

Posted by: cosnowflake | January 26, 2011 5:31 PM


Like Stanton Elementary.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | January 26, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing clearer in the data efavorite provided. The enrollments of at last two of the schools reflect serious selection and self-selection pressures. Hardy applicants were all vetted, required to submit transcripts and letters of reference as part of their application. Just like the tough charter schools which discourage applicants who are less-prepared.
If efavorite wanted to begin to understand what Hardy does for achievement, he'd print the test-scores of successive cohorts of Hardy students, by grade.

This started and will end up as a turf matter, Hardy being a preferred safe place to park middle schoolers who would be at greater risk of physical harm elsewhere. When Hardy MS had a capacity of just 200, the Hardy sisterhood in charge principal before Pope had a similar attitude toward within-boundary students: that they had the resources to save themselves at their own expense elsewhere. Black children had no better option than the safety of Hardy. Pope, by the way, just inherited the sisterhood, even brought some of it back from retirement.

Posted by: incredulous | January 26, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Turque's article reads:

"School officials have been under intense pressure to remove Nerenberg, but the senior school source said this morning that her departure was a mutual decision, eased along by the pending maternity leave of Nerenberg's assistant principal at Hyde-Addison. Rather than put the elementary school through another transition, Nerenberg opted to return full time her original post."

The corollary of what is said in the above paragraph is that the pressure on school officials was even more intense to return Mr. Pope to Hardy. So why then is Mr. Pope not being returned to his original post rather than to put Hardy through another transition ?

Posted by: BigTight33 | January 26, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt it was a mutual decision. Esp. since this is Hyde's VP's first year as VP. I think she was an instructional coach at Hyde prior to becoming VP.
Sounds like Nerenberg is sinking with the rest of the Rhee worshippers.

Posted by: cosnowflake | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 - My apologies – I didn’t read carefully enough and assumed you went to the osse site and just pulled the averages, choosing to ignore the racial/ethic breakout.

Silly me, it never occurred to me it was DCPS that was offering this misleading, incomplete information. This has taught me to read more carefully and to be careful about making assumptions --always good practice. I hope it’s taught you to think twice before you take information from DCPS at face value, without going to the original source.

DCPS and I got our numbers from the same source - the osse website. The difference is that DCPS provided only the averages, leaving out important information that, as we’ve just seen, can be misleading. I hope that you appreciate the additional information I provided. It indicates that in-boundary families, most of whom are White, are not sacrificing anything by sending their kids to Hardy and, as helluvateacher pointed out, were gaining an enriching arts program. I hope that from now on, you use the data I provided here (after checking it, of course) when discussing in-boundary parents’ choices.

Thanks helluva and cosnowflake, for your support. And to Incredulous - my only goal was to present the osse data that clarified the averages.

Posted by: efavorite | January 26, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Can any of the writers supporting Pope's removal give one example of an improvement at the school during the past few months.

Is there any reason other than a dislike for Pope that can be used as a reason why he should not be returned to the school.

Just the facts,please.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | January 26, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the Hardy community was very angry at DCPS for their decision to remove Principal Pope. Okay.

However, it seems like Principal Nerenberg never even given a chance. When she was first introduced to the students by Principal Pope last year, they held up "Hope for Pope" signs. Kids do not think that stuff up by themselves.

Posted by: dcziggy701 | January 26, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the Hardy community was very angry at DCPS for their decision to remove Principal Pope. Okay.

However, it seems like Principal Nerenberg was never even given a chance. When she was first introduced to the students by Principal Pope last year, they held up "Hope for Pope" signs. Kids do not think that stuff up by themselves.

Posted by: dcziggy701 | January 26, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 --

Sorry, but you are wrong. Where are you getting your data? I have first-hand knowledge of the situation, and I know exactly how DCPS was trying to spin it. The fact that you persist in your statements means that their propaganda is working on you. Unless you are actually Patrick Pope, have access to his email, or were directly involved in the transition, you should retract your erroneous statement.

Posted by: Socrates5 | January 26, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

washpost4 --

Sorry, but you are wrong. Where are you getting your data? I have first-hand knowledge of the situation, and I know exactly how DCPS was trying to spin it. The fact that you persist in your statements means that DCPS' propaganda has worked on you.

Posted by: Socrates5 | January 26, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

@When she was first introduced to the students by Principal Pope last year, they held up "Hope for Pope" signs. Kids do not think that stuff up by themselves.

Posted by: dcziggy701

Yes they do.
Remember 10 years ago when a group of Montgomery County Middle school girls decided to get back at their PE teacher for disciplining them.
They accused him of looking at them as they changed.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | January 26, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

There were "Hope for Pope" signs prominently displayed inside Hardy school all spring. No way that happens without the principal's approval.

Posted by: washpost4 | January 26, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It appears that washpost4 is an unhappy insider.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | January 26, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Like I've said before. With Fenty, Rhee and Henderson, there was youth and energy but no wisdom and apparently not even common sense. It was wrong to move Pope, wrong to set up the new principal wth an impossible task of running two schools, wrong to put Pope downtown to design a school there is no money to build, wrong for parents to have to protest to have their voices heard and wrong for children to have witnessed adults practicing stupidity in the name of reform and school improvement. How long will DC allow the unskilled, unqualified and inexperienced lead DCPS? Henderson's resume equals the skill level of Rhee. She needs to be removed period.

Posted by: candycane1 | January 26, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

efavorite:
The data aren't worth much if they are insufficient to understand the situation. The group-specific academic pre-qualifications of groups that may be suspicious of one another don't matter much if there is order, and if every group believes they can get what they value.

The tradition of Deal MS is that besides being in a safe part of town, the academics and SUPPORT for academic excellence --not just sufficiency -- are trong enough that attending Deal MS supports and enhances students' achievement and readiness for selective university admissions. In demographic terms, there's sufficient concentration of local population, feeling a stake in the school, that they are unthreatened by competing demands that the school do more and other.

Hardy tipped under the Pope administration, safety from tough neighborhoods for black students taking precedence. First dibs on the places was offered, Chicago style, by the Hardy sisterhood Pope worked with.

In Baghdad terms, the neighborhood is now Shia (or Sunni) and homogeneous, the minority of locals having been bullied or intimidated out. From the numbers now, what with charter schools, Washington Latin, and Deal MS, it is now all over for Hardy except as a school which is in a neighborhood safer than most DCPS alternatives.

If Rhee had met with Key School parents legitimately petitioning their schools Chancellor in a public space, say a meeting room at the Palisades Library? It would not have mattered a bit, once word was out. The petition for an academically stronger school which would reduce, even slightly, the number of available places to out-of-boundary students would have been treated the same. Assarsson's hysterical and faulty demographic analysis would have floated anyway: (Hint,AGAAIA: The majority of students from the feeder schools may not even be within-boundary. They include children of military personnel, short-termers, too. So your estimate that local white students would demographically over-run Hardy was ridiculous, impossible. There was never a threat in the next twenty years of Hardy being anything but majority black.)

Posted by: incredulous | January 26, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Brava Candycane - for your simple, sensible assessment.

As I opined anonymously on the Georgetown Dish site,* what I find fascinating is that I never heard any of this awful stuff about Pope last year, as closely as I was following this story when Pope was getting the boot.

I guess the smear team wasn't needed when the story line was that Pope was going to plan another Arts school.

Now that that lie no longer holds up, the goons arrive to deliver a little character assassination.

Anything but admit error, I suppose.

Not such a wonderful lesson for the children.

*
http://www.thegeorgetowndish.com/thedish/chancellors-office-leads-pr-campaign-embattled-hardy-principal#comment-2562

Posted by: efavorite | January 26, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

to rjc2: Michelle Rhee is the one who was irresponsible and unprofessional in this charade...NOT Pope.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 26, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Incredulous - your musings are beyond me.

The osse website only provides achievement data for the schools. I don't read anything more into it.

Posted by: efavorite | January 26, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Wilson is the HS with the most white students. Does Banneker have any white students? How whitism...

Posted by: Rockvillers | January 26, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who DCPS will send to Hardy now. Another person with no experience? Maybe from TFA? Henderson should return Pope for the remainder of the year while starting a principal search. At least the schedules could be fixed, chaos and bullying in the halls stopped, and the teacher practicing corporal punishment removed.

Posted by: madmom1 | January 27, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Henderson doesn't have much of a resume after her stint with Rhee, because her talents were wasted at the teacher contract talks. Nerenberg's criteria for hiring new teachers at Hyde was simply this: if you were unfortunate to have worked with the nun/special education teacher [who was so incompetent, as well as the silly principal, who hired her, you could not work at Hyde. I was appalled, when Nerenberg asked me, if I was part of that pre-2005 teacher crew at Hyde. That crew was highly respected and competent, but did not follow the Rhee party-line. Nerenberg needs to go, too.

Posted by: hnjhat | January 27, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

DCCounselor72 - You challenge those who know the situation at Hardy to name what is better now than under Mr. Pope. That is easy - students and parents have the right to seriously discuss what is best for their education - even if they do not agree with the Principal. Under Mr. Pope, if someone - parent, teacher, or student disagreed with how Mr. Pope was running the school - they had to keep it to themselves or they were shown the door. There was absolutely no room for discussion, no less disagreement with Mr. Pope's decisions. Do you think this kind of disagreement with the principal that is going on this year even was possible under Mr. Pope? Absolutely not. What else? Plenty. Mr. Pope violated students' rights (through illegal searches and abusive, undocumented suspensions). That does not happen any more. Mr. Pope interfered with elections of parents on the PTA. That does not happen any more. Mr. Pope closed off the public and parents to an LSRT meeting. That does not happen anymore. I can go on but you get the picture. Hardy deserves and needs someone better than Mr. Pope. It needs to move forward, not slip back into the abusive relationship that favored the few in Mr. Pope's sisterhood of supporters and disfavored the rest of us.

Posted by: rjc2 | January 30, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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