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DeMorning DeBonis: Oct. 7, 2010

TODAY IS OCT. 7, 2010 -- 26 DAYS UNTIL GENERAL ELECTION

PREVIOUSLY -- Michigan prof explains how D.C. online voting system was hacked -- D.C. Council wanted too much at once, says top election official.

Start your day with Bob McCartney's fabulous column on a successful school reformer who's improved test scores, raised enrollment, and recently negotiated a breakthrough contract with tough teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten. In Baltimore. "There," Bob writes, "schools chief Andres Alonso has achieved substantial educational progress through ambitious reform efforts similar to [Michelle Rhee]'s - but without alienating teachers and parents in the process. ... The success in Baltimore is important partly because it forces us to think differently about what's special about Rhee, just as she's probably on her way out of office after the landslide election loss of her patron, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty." There are differences in the circumstances to be sure: Baltimore doesn't have mayoral control, but rather a good old-fashioned school board. The Baltimore contract is not quite so far-reaching as D.C.'s and was pushed along by Race to the Top mandates. But also, and perhaps more to the point, Alonso hasn't graced the cover of Time, appeared on Oprah's couch or been a fixture at high-powered Sun Valley and Aspen Institute confabs. Writes Bob: "Our neighbors to the north are on to something. Fixing city schools doesn't have to be black and white. And I can't resist pointing out that the next man overseeing the task in the District is named Gray."

AFTER THE JUMP -- PLA bill will cost $17M a year -- DCPS doesn't want to send smart kids to prep schools -- out-of-District homeless help crowd shelters -- questions about having town halls in public schools -- Rupert Murdoch speaks up for Rhee

*** MAIN COURSE ***

MORE BOB -- "Rhee's many supporters have defended her confrontational approach to school reform by saying it was the only way to break through decades of resistance from entrenched interests, particularly in the teachers unions. ... There's some truth in that argument. In my view, Rhee's most valuable and durable accomplishment has been as a public agitator who blew up complacency. She raised awareness of the urgent need to improve poor city schools and focused attention on the unions' role in creating obstacles to change. However, Baltimore's experience demonstrates that Rhee's tactics aren't the only ones that yield results. In fact, some experts say a more collaborative, low-profile strategy is more successful in the long run because it preserves trust and confidence with teachers and the community. 'What Baltimore shows is that you can bring real change to urban schools without a lot of acrimony,' said Jack Jennings, president of the independent Center on Education Policy. 'The national foundations and some reform groups have made [Rhee] into a poster girl because they just want change, and she's a highly vocal advocate for change. But others have brought about just as much change as she has, and I would guess that their reforms would last longer.'"

PLA PRICE TAG -- CFO Natwar Gandhi has priced the costs of the District Resident Employment Trade Stimulus Act -- aka the "PLA bill" that would essentially mandate union labor on city-subsidized construction projects -- at nearly $17 million. And that, Michael Neibauer writes at WBJ, "the city probably cannot afford." He explains: "The high price tag is almost entirely linked to the bill's provision that a project specific, pre-hire collective bargaining agreement -- known as a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA -- be in place for construction projects receiving $200,000-plus from the government. ... While the projection comes with numerous caveats, Gandhi estimates that contracting costs could increase by 2.4 percent to 4.7 percent for standard construction projects, and 1.9 percent to 3.6 percent for school-related projects." Says bill sponsor Michael A. Brown: "I don't know if my colleagues will have the stomach for $67 million over four years when we're about to do massive cuts." The upshot: "The D.C. Council's goal of putting District residents to work, training unskilled residents for the job market, and requiring union labor on government-subsidized contracts has run headlong into fiscal reality."

THE LIMITS OF SCHOOL CHOICE -- In this week's Loose Lips column, Alan Suderman asks why the D.C. Public Schools aren't cooperating with "Project Match," a nonprofit that aims to send inner-city kids to elite boarding schools. "Wanda Hill, an 83-year-old who started Project Match and ran it for more than 25 years, says she always encountered resistance from unhelpful school officials and had to rely on friendly staff for help identifying possible recruits. Only two middle schools ever really went along with her efforts. ... But on another level, DCPS' silence on Project Match is at odds with how outspoken [Rhee] has been about making decisions based on what's best for a child. Rhee's message is that kids should go to school wherever they can do best -- and that DCPS is ready, willing, and able to compete with other alternatives. ... Project Match's [Yvette Ross] says a high-ranking DCPS official essentially told her that it 'seems odd to take students out of a system we are trying to fix.' ... Hill says school officials were sometimes unwilling to part with some of their brightest students, who bolster test scores and provide role models for other students. That's the flip side to reform efforts that use tests as the linchpin of measuring success; schools aren't particularly interested in losing the smart kids who keep their averages up."

TOWN HALLS -- Gray's use of public schools for his series of town halls has some steamed, Tim Craig reports at D.C. Wire. "Gray campaign advisers have stressed the events are designed to try to woo voters in advance of the November election. At Gray's Ward 5 forum Tuesday night, many of attendees wore 'Gray' stickers. District schools fall under a section of the code stating 'no District resource ... shall be used to support or oppose any candidate for elected office, whether partisan or nonpartisan.' ... Traci Hughes, a Gray spokeswoman, said the campaign decided to hold the events at some schools because, they say, there is 'some wiggle room in the statue.' ... Attorney General Peter Nickles said 'it's common sense' that Gray should not be using schools for political events. 'I don't see how you get around the language of the law,' Nickles said." Also: More coverage of the first town hall, mostly positive, from DCist, GGW, WRC-TV, G'town Dish. See you tonight at St. Columba's.

THE FOREIGN HOMELESS -- Some 10 percent of homeless families receiving emergency shelter in the District are from outside the city, a top human services official tells the D.C. Council. Nikita Stewart reports today: "The District must 'jealously guard those resources for those people who wake up and go to sleep in D.C.,' [DHS Director Clarence H. Carter] said. 'The District does not have the capacity to share its compassion with the region.' ... Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chairman of the Committee on Human Services, called Wednesday for residency restrictions and relief from surrounding communities that appear to be sending their homeless to the District or are offering lesser services. ... Wells said he is fighting to protect the human services budget as his colleagues scour the city's budget for potential cuts as revenues continue to decline. But Wells said it's hard to argue with complaints that valuable city dollars are going to nonresidents." But Housing Complex notes that screening shelter residents by state of origin is likely unconstitutional. More from the council hearing at Poverty & Policy.

RUPERT HEARTS MICHELLE -- Rupert Murdoch, speaking at a New York awards dinner, says nice things about Michelle Rhee, his Wall Street Journal reports: "Occasionally I hear the leaders of the teachers unions say they support reform. But here I'm of the view of Michelle Rhee, a bona fide reformer. In a recent appearance on 'Meet the Press,' Michelle confronted the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, about how the union reacted when bad teachers were fired. This is how Miss Rhee put it: 'The bottom line is that if these people are ineffective, and if, as President Weingarten says, nobody wants ineffective teachers in the classroom, then you can't fight us every step of the way when we're moving in that direction.'" He added: "Let me be blunt: There's not a single one of us in this room tonight who would allow one of our children to be randomly assigned to a Washington, D.C., public school."

HOW FAR WE'VE COME -- Washingtonian does a Q&A profile of legendary gay activist Frank Kameny: "I've said for many years that San Francisco was looked upon as the center, but DC is very much the success story of the gay movement. ... Things happened to come together that could just as easily not have. And we -- the great collective 'we' -- have worked very hard to make things work out. We've had a generally receptive local government. We got the Human Rights Act in 1973, which I helped draft. The DC police used to be the enemy incarnate; now it has the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit. It was heartwarming to see in the last two gay-pride parades a police-department float enthusiastically cheered by gays, which would have been inconceivable way back."


*** SMALL PLATES ***

Charter school enrollment continues to grow, 6 percent this year over last; "market share" is now nearly 40 percent (D.C. Schools Insider)

Are Fenty's campaign workers joining his administration in its waning days? (Loose Lips)

Congress Heights buildings will be used for homeless, not Peaceoholics (Housing Complex)

Will Ward 8 soon see the "Marion S. Barry Employment Center"? (Examiner.com blog)

Another story on the Fenty write-in push; a press conference is set for today (WTTG-TV)

Police saturate area surrounding Jamal Coates' funeral (City Desk, TBD, WRC-TV, WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants D.C. foreclosure moratorium (WTTG-TV)

Will the Humane Society unduly benefit from Cheh's wildlife bill? (Examiner)

More on fat police retirement packages (Examiner)

"I guess Vincent Gray is better than Fenty, but if he starts talking about he's going to go out there and bend over backwards to satisfy the same people who brought Fenty and kept Fenty here, then we're not going to have a change." (Final Call)

Hallelujah: More bike racks in Georgetown (Patch)

Still time to register to vote in the general election(WAMU-FM)

Meet your new D.C. judges (Legal Times)

If you read only one article about a courtroom battle between a high-power law firm and a hamburger shop, make it this one (Young & Hungry)


*** ON THE MENU ***

Gray town hall No. 2, 6 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Tenleytown -- D.C. Primary Care Association annual meeting all day today at Gallaudet University's Kellogg Conference Center, featuring a performance by Mavis Staples at lunchtime

By Mike DeBonis  | October 7, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
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"Everything is for the..... kids!"
"It's all about the kids!" --

(and also about
unqualified 'chancellor'
Rhee's $ 300,000 salary + perks) !!!

So --
who is taking care of Michelle Rhee's
precious "kids"
while Queen Rhee is out-of-town
50% of the time (traipsing around
as a corporate concubine, diarrhea of the mouth
spokesmodel --
on her junkets) ?

-- what about the "kids" !!! --
you know......
.the DCPS schoolkids
and her own biological daughters (with her
ex-husband, the TFA executive paid for
with YOUR tax money, folks
--- it's called 'self-dealing')

Who's minding the store
(the budget, the special ed. kids, etc.) ???

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

RUPERT MURDOCH is planning to set up
an edu-profiteer, privateer ACADEMY SCHOOL.

"With Tesco selling books and Amazon selling bacon, it was only a matter of time before Rupert Murdoch started selling A-levels.
News International is in talks about sponsoring an academy school near its luxurious Wapping offices.

Critics of Mr Murdoch are reported to be “alarmed” at the possibility of him entering the sphere of education, and leading the resistance is the go-to guy for anti-Murdoch quotes at the moment, Labour MP Tom Watson.
“Some people will say they are not telling people what they should think through their newspaper but teaching our children what to think in our schools,” he says. I'm a big fan of Watson. I bought Batman: Arkham Asylum on his recommendation, and it's a cracking game. But I think he's being silly here.

Are we really to imagine some sinister factory, churning out prematurely wizened republicans with A-levels in cross-media plugging and an interest in offshore tax arrangements?

There used to be a thing called the antinomian heresy, which said if you were one of the Elect, pre-selected for heaven, nothing you could do was sinful. An inverted version of this applies to Murdoch. He is seen as such a scoundrel that anything he does is deemed evil.

Faith schools — which are by their nature openly ideological — go through on a nod; yet when Murdoch suggests sponsoring a secular secondary school the assumption is it's in order to spread the abominable creed of Murdochism.

.......Of course there are many things to find unattractive about Murdoch. His companies avoid countless millions in tax and he is a foreign national who exercises a disproportionate amount of power over our political process. The law as it stands makes both these things possible, and elected politicians are reluctant to change things because — chicken-and-eggily — Murdoch is too powerful.

But that power is a means to an end. Some proprietors are in it for the pomp: dinner with Cabinet ministers; swanking around at Buckingham Palace when they get knighted; having their half-baked ideas about the world canvassed with apparent interest by powerful people.

Murdoch doesn't seem all that interested in ideology, though. Inasmuch as he wants to reshape the world, it's to make it a better place for his own businesses. He's personally Right-wing, sure; but if the big bucks for Fox News were in replacing
Glenn Beck with Tariq Ali, he'd probably do it.

The chances are that Murdoch is taking
an interest in running an academy because
he reckons he can make money out of it.
And given what tends to happen when
any private company sees a buck to be made out of
public services, it's that that we ought to be alarmed about."

see source
=>
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23877192-lets-not-get-so-paranoid-over-a-rupert-murdoch-school.do


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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

RUPERT MURDOCH is planning to set up
an edu-profiteer, privateer ACADEMY SCHOOL.

"With Tesco selling books and Amazon selling bacon, it was only a matter of time before Rupert Murdoch started selling A-levels.
News International is in talks about sponsoring an academy school near its luxurious Wapping offices.

Critics of Mr Murdoch are reported to be “alarmed” at the possibility of him entering the sphere of education, and leading the resistance is the go-to guy for anti-Murdoch quotes at the moment, Labour MP Tom Watson.
“Some people will say they are not telling people what they should think through their newspaper but teaching our children what to think in our schools,” he says. I'm a big fan of Watson. I bought Batman: Arkham Asylum on his recommendation, and it's a cracking game. But I think he's being silly here.

Are we really to imagine some sinister factory, churning out prematurely wizened republicans with A-levels in cross-media plugging and an interest in offshore tax arrangements?

There used to be a thing called the antinomian heresy, which said if you were one of the Elect, pre-selected for heaven, nothing you could do was sinful. An inverted version of this applies to Murdoch. He is seen as such a scoundrel that anything he does is deemed evil.

Faith schools — which are by their nature openly ideological — go through on a nod; yet when Murdoch suggests sponsoring a secular secondary school the assumption is it's in order to spread the abominable creed of Murdochism.

.......Of course there are many things to find unattractive about Murdoch. His companies avoid countless millions in tax and he is a foreign national who exercises a disproportionate amount of power over our political process. The law as it stands makes both these things possible, and elected politicians are reluctant to change things because — chicken-and-eggily — Murdoch is too powerful.

But that power is a means to an end. Some proprietors are in it for the pomp: dinner with Cabinet ministers; swanking around at Buckingham Palace when they get knighted; having their half-baked ideas about the world canvassed with apparent interest by powerful people.

Murdoch doesn't seem all that interested in ideology, though. Inasmuch as he wants to reshape the world, it's to make it a better place for his own businesses. He's personally Right-wing, sure; but if the big bucks for Fox News were in replacing
Glenn Beck with Tariq Ali, he'd probably do it.

The chances are that Murdoch is taking
an interest in running an academy because
he reckons he can make money out of it.
And given what tends to happen when
any private company sees a buck to be made out of
public services, it's that that we ought to be alarmed about."

see source
=>
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23877192-lets-not-get-so-paranoid-over-a-rupert-murdoch-school.do


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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the use of DC Public Schools by Chairman Gray. If WP reporter Tim Craig has done his due diligence by reading the rules by DCPS regarding the use of DCPS buildings, he would be enlighten to know that the use of the DCPS buildings are not prohibited and are available pursuant to the following rules which are posted online:

Office of Realty

Veronica L. Falwell, Realty Director

Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization

2400 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 442-5199 (office number)
(202) 698-7790 (fax number)


General Procedures for Use of School Facilities and Grounds
All persons and groups who wish to use DCPS space must complete the Application to Use Facilities.

Recommendation for approval or denial of the requested space by the school Principal is necessary before the Realty Office will process any application.

All recommended applications must be submitted by the principal/school at least 20 business days prior to the proposed use.

Applications can also be obtained at any area school or by contacting the Realty Office.

Applications received by the Realty Office less than five (5) business days prior to the proposed use will not be processed.


School-Related Organizations
The following groups may use buildings and grounds, except leased facilities, at a reduced rate during normal hours for purposes not conflicting with the school’s operations and not generating any additional costs to DCPS:

PTA’s and HSA’s
Local School Community Boards
Parental and School Advisory Committees established pursuant to federal and local laws
City-wide education organizations or local affiliates of national educational associations
Organizations providing volunteer support services to the school.
HSA/PTA are entitled to four free meetings per year outside of the normal operating hours of their schools.

Current user fees will be charged for anyone not listed above.


Prohibited Uses of Buildings and Grounds
The following will NOT be permitted in any school facility at any time:

smoking
alcoholic beverages
gambling
discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, citizenship status, political affiliation, handicapped condition, or any other basis of unlawful discrimination under the laws of the District of Columbia
any purpose that violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution
no user or lessee shall be permitted to erect a sign on the exterior of the premises without prior written approval of the Chancellor


Insurance Requirements
Public liability coverage required is $1,000,000 per person for bodily injury and $3,000,000 maximum per accident. Property damage of $200,000 for any one accident and an aggregate of $500,000 are also required.

All users other than Government Agencies must sign

Posted by: dcgovcorruption | October 7, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Calm down, newmanagement 2: Rupert Murdoch may be "our friend," if exploited carefully. If he gets DC kids trapped in DCPS to better conditions for education, he's a hero, especially if it does not cost the DC government any money. Wait and see. Too many participants in DC public education matters, stakeholders or not, let their respective biases and ideologies trap them. This leads them to shun help, including funding, from any outside source. We enjoy our quiet suffering as victims in the District, yes we do. But let's not set the stage for the good ole days of DC public schools, because there have been none for decades now.

Posted by: axolotl | October 7, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Rupert Murdoch's News International (NI) is drawing up plans to sponsor an academy school in a move that is likely to trigger anxiety about the media mogul's influence.

The Observer understands that executives at NI, which owns the Times, the Sun, the Sunday Times and the News of the World (NoW), are actively discussing sponsoring a school in east London, close to the company's headquarters in Wapping.

The idea, which is being spearheaded by Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the Sun, who is now chief executive of NI, has been under discussion for several months but is still at an early stage, according to sources.

The plan will alarm Murdoch's critics who claim the tycoon's media empire, which spans broadcasting, publishing and internet interests around the world, already wields formidable influence over the UK's political system and society.

Concerns about Murdoch's dominance resurfaced at the last general election when all four of his UK newspapers came out in favour of the Tories, an event that represented a considerable blow to Labour's hopes of clinging to power.

NI is currently under acute scrutiny, battling to deny allegations of widespread phone-hacking by NoW reporters while the paper was under the editorship of Andy Coulson, David Cameron's director of communications.

Coulson and NI deny the allegations. But the former Labour minister, Tom Watson – who led calls for an inquiry to be re-opened into the phone-hacking affair that saw a NoW reporter and a private investigator jailed – said NI's interest in the academies programme would cause further unease about the company's ambitions.

"Some people will say they are not telling people what they should think through their newspaper but teaching our children what to think in our schools," Watson said.

Paul Farrelly, another Labour MP, said: "It would be of considerable concern if the sort of bias we see in the Murdoch press was fed through to our children through the school system.".............. continued -------

see news source
=>
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/sep/12/rupert-murdoch-academy-schools


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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

She's yours!

We'll sure miss her a lot, but we understand how much you need her, Rupert. We'll just have to struggle through without her super-human leadership.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 7, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

news source =>
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

The Fenty administration is expected to soon give a $400,000 no-bid contract to Peaceoholics, a nonprofit group founded by one of Fenty's biggest supporters, to work with troubled city youths, The Washington Examiner has learned.
The check is expected to be signed within the week, according to sources with knowledge of Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services funding. If that happens, the controversial nonprofit group will have cornered $900,000 in city and federal funding for the year through DYRS. It would also mean the contractor had secured nearly $5 million in funding from city youth services since 2006.
Peaceoholics founder Ron Moten told The Examiner that DYRS is making up for the $400,000 in work Peaceoholics performed over two months last fall after the council canceled its contracts. That funding was canceled by the D.C. Council in August 2009 after concerns were raised about the contracts' no-bid nature.
"We should have stopped the work once the contract was stopped," Moten said. "Lesson learned."
Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson directed The Examiner's request for comment to DYRS. Agency spokesman Reggie Sanders did not respond.
Fenty has been searching for a way to get cash to Peaceoholics for several months, according to several sources. But unlike previous years, he had trouble finding justification for a contract, the sources said.
Much of this year's resistance came from former DYRS chief Marc Schindler, sources said.
"Unlike previous years, the demand from Fenty to contract with Peaceoholics didn't come as an outright directive," said one source. "Marc simply did nothing."
Fenty fired Schindler on July 19 after a series of incidents that left 10 youths in city custody accused of murder and six killed. The mayor replaced him with Robert Hildum, deputy attorney general in charge of the public safety division. Within three weeks, Hildum promoted Linda Harllee-Harper to replace the outgoing David Muhammad as head of commitment.
Harllee-Harper was a member of the Peaceoholics board of directors until 2007, when she stepped down upon being hired by DYRS.

Soon after her promotion, Ron Moten and Peaceoholics' co-founder Jauhar Abraham met with DYRS officials to discuss the $400,000 contract, sources said. Moten says he has stepped down as Peaceoholics president so he can campaign for Fenty, although he has retained a position on the group's board."

Crucial -- see the following webpages for further info.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s
ongoing CORRUPT connection with thugster-
henchman-wannabe impresario Ron Moten
and
millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts,
including with DCPS schools ! = />

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceoholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceoholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as
14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin make them disappear…..and in return DC government continues to feed the
Peaceoholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

"Mr. Harrison who is an employee of he Peaceoholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also allegedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceoholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceoholics to assault our students?"
This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 7, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

news source =>
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

The Fenty administration is expected to soon give a $400,000 no-bid contract to Peaceoholics, a nonprofit group founded by one of Fenty's biggest supporters, to work with troubled city youths, The Washington Examiner has learned.
The check is expected to be signed within the week, according to sources with knowledge of Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services funding. If that happens, the controversial nonprofit group will have cornered $900,000 in city and federal funding for the year through DYRS. It would also mean the contractor had secured nearly $5 million in funding from city youth services since 2006.
Peaceoholics founder Ron Moten told The Examiner that DYRS is making up for the $400,000 in work Peaceoholics performed over two months last fall after the council canceled its contracts. That funding was canceled by the D.C. Council in August 2009 after concerns were raised about the contracts' no-bid nature.
"We should have stopped the work once the contract was stopped," Moten said. "Lesson learned."
Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson directed The Examiner's request for comment to DYRS. Agency spokesman Reggie Sanders did not respond.
Fenty has been searching for a way to get cash to Peaceoholics for several months, according to several sources. But unlike previous years, he had trouble finding justification for a contract, the sources said.
Much of this year's resistance came from former DYRS chief Marc Schindler, sources said.
"Unlike previous years, the demand from Fenty to contract with Peaceoholics didn't come as an outright directive," said one source. "Marc simply did nothing."
Fenty fired Schindler on July 19 after a series of incidents that left 10 youths in city custody accused of murder and six killed. The mayor replaced him with Robert Hildum, deputy attorney general in charge of the public safety division. Within three weeks, Hildum promoted Linda Harllee-Harper to replace the outgoing David Muhammad as head of commitment.
Harllee-Harper was a member of the Peaceoholics board of directors until 2007, when she stepped down upon being hired by DYRS.

Soon after her promotion, Ron Moten and Peaceoholics' co-founder Jauhar Abraham met with DYRS officials to discuss the $400,000 contract, sources said. Moten says he has stepped down as Peaceoholics president so he can campaign for Fenty, although he has retained a position on the group's board."

Crucial -- see the following webpages for further info.
==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Re: Town Halls at DC Public Schools

Mike DeBonis Reports: District schools fall under a section of the code stating 'no District resource ... shall be used to support or oppose any candidate for elected office, whether partisan or nonpartisan.' ... Traci Hughes, a Gray spokeswoman, said the campaign decided to hold the events at some schools because, they say, there is 'some wiggle room in the statue.' ... Attorney General Peter Nickles said 'it's common sense' that Gray should not be using schools for political events. 'I don't see how you get around the language of the law,' Nickles said."

A week before the primary, the Fenty machine was present and actively campaigning inside schools during DCPS' back-to-school night. In many schools, parents were introduced to a mayoral representative as part of the PTA meeting agenda, and afterwards Fenty campaign operatives collected voter information and distributed materials both inside school buildings and on school property. Where was AG Peter Nickles then, and why has he not responded to numerous complaints by parents who reported this activity to the Board of Elections and Ethics?

Peter Nickles has been the most partisan AG that I can ever remember, and he seems to relish in his ability to thumb his nose at DC Councilmembers in a manner consistent with with a slick New Jersey mob lawyer. Such advocacy is not part of his job description, and he allowed the mayor to act in ways that would have made Alexander Robey Shepherd (aka Boss Shepherd) proud. And I am sure that this description would give Nickles a sense of pride too.

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