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Fenty says education reform cost him re-election

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Since the day after losing his re-election bid, Mayor Adrian Fenty has kept a relatively low media profile, holding only a handful of press conferences and making one national TV appearance, on an NBC-hosted "Education Nation" panel.

But Monday he taped his first one-on-one interview since the election -- a 15-minute talk with Jonathan P. Hicks, a former New York Times reporter who's now a fellow at the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy in New York. The interview appeared on "Urban Focus," which is available as a podcast and on cable TV in Brooklyn.

Much of the discussion revolved around education, and Fenty made the case that he was a martyr to his own education reforms -- that he paid the price for being on "the leading edge of a movement."

"If it's a war," he said, "someone's got to be at the front of the line, and they've got to get killed first. That's how you win a war, is by going forward."

Hicks asked Fenty if he felt whether he'd properly balanced his reform efforts with the accompanying politics. Said Fenty: "I didn't balance it at all. And I wouldn't change a thing about how I did it. I'm just nowhere near anybody who believes that people who are trying to slow down education reform have something to offer. That's just how I feel about it."

He went on to criticize teachers unions, who have clashed almost continuously with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and who worked to elect Vincent Gray mayor, calling them a "guaranteed obstacle" to progress.

"The teachers unions aren't bad per se," he said, "but the teachers unions are going to have to explain why when every tough decision is made to reform the school system they are at the lead in opposing it ... If you are going to be at the front of the line in preventing reform, then I believe that the bad outweighs the good."

Fenty recommended that his fellow mayors follow the path he blazed and "hire a chancellor who is going to move as fast as humanly possible and not be afraid of upsetting people if it's the right thing to do for kids, and to give the chancellor the mayor's full support."

"The obvious problem is that it's not the politically popular thing to do, but if we're going to fix our schools, we've got to do it anyway," he said. "The more politicians who are willing to risk not getting re-elected so that we fix our schools, the faster our schools are going to be improved."

And Fenty expressed optimism that his likely early exit from office won't mean that their efforts went to waste: "By us pushing so hard, being so aggressive, quote-unquote trying to 'take no prisoners,' if you will -- for the next person that comes along, it won't be seen as so radical when they do it." He also expressed "hope" that Gray would keep Rhee, whom he called "certainly ... the best schools chancellor in the country."

At the top of the interview, Fenty fielded a political inquiry from Hicks -- whether had any future in elective office, including as a write-in candidate. Fenty demurred without closing the door completely to a future run.

"I feel like I left it all out there," he said. "I feel like I put everything I had into being mayor and running for re-election, and now's the time to go and do something else with my life."

What might that be?

"I'd like to do something ... that uses similar skills, talents, techniques that I've been able to build up as mayor of the District of Columbia, as city council member for six years," Fenty said. "There's a ton of things that we could do, from working in management to working in law, working in education. I'll spend the next three months sorting all that out, ready to hit the ground running on Jan. 2."

He pledged "as a citizen of the District of Columbia" to "stay as active as humanly possible and try and keep trying to moving the city forward."

By Mike DeBonis  | October 7, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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AAAAh OK. Time to throw that girl under the soul train LOL

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 7, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

He nearly set educational back 50 years.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 7, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious that the Mayor and his spin doctors are out of touch with reality and the Post once again is ready to assist. Just as the case with those behind a write in campaign.

Adrian's demise was mostly about him, his approach to governing, cronyism, and Michelle Rhee among many other things that were important on an individual level (security, jobs, etc.).

To singularly point to Education Reform as the root cause of his demise is an insult to our intelligence and an attempt once again, to paint himself and Rhee in the best possible light. Many have a problem with being insulted both the educated and uneducated.

Posted by: dcchamp1 | October 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The problem with him is he doesn't even think he's done anything wrong. That's exactly why he didn't get reelected.

Posted by: missboo | October 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Fenty lost his re-election because of his lack of leadership, not Rhee. Rhee is another department head. She is the worst thing, next to Fenty to ever happen in DC. This is the same ineffective teacher that put tape o her student's lips. How stupid was that?

Posted by: fivetogo | October 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The mayor is right. As a DCPS teacher who witnessed on a daily basis the need for the types of reforms Rhee and Fenty were pushing, and the irrational criticism they received from the teachers who felt threatened by them, it's a true shame that they did not get another term to continue in their efforts to get the schools back on track. Sadly, the District's voters seem to care more about race and perceptions of sleights than overhauling a broken school system. I don't know how many times at work I've heard co-workers accuse Fenty and Rhee of being racists, bent on firing as many black teachers as possible. It never ceases to amaze me, the extent to which teachers feel entitled to an unaccountability that doesn't exist anywhere outside of the profession. Sigh..

Posted by: John_Keats | October 7, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Fenty should feel shame on his own words and admit that his arrogance and the million contracts to his friends cost him the reelection.

Posted by: ernestto25 | October 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm... treating education reform like a war was your first mistake. See enemies all around you, and you create them.

Did you read Boby McCartney today, Mr. Mayor? Balitmore has no war... but they DO have a progressive and leading edge education reform.

Make no mistake Mr. Fenty -- YOU lost this election.

Posted by: HomeTownDC | October 7, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he's really out of touch.

Posted by: venus31 | October 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

FENTY WHO? WASN'T HE THE LAST MAYOR?

Posted by: smitty21960 | October 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@blasmic Hilarious.

Posted by: atz0 | October 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, he's really out of touch.

Posted by: venus31 | October 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please. He lost because people thought he was a jerk. This was not about education, although, to listen to him and Rhee, you'd think they were the only competent educational minds out there. Thankfully, he only got an informal admonition from the DC Bar for failing to provide competent, zealous, and diligent representation as court-appointed fiduciary for a ward of the court, to file accountings required by the court, and to take timely steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a ward of the court’s interest following his removal. In re Adrian M. Fenty. Bar No. 455205. August 31, 2005. He can always go back to practicing law, now!

Posted by: Bethesda_Jack | October 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that cost you the election.

Corrupt practices like giving your buddy who failed the DC Engineer's examine 7 times a license to practice anyways or all the multi-million dollar contracts you hooked your friends up with have nothing to do with it.

It was the education reform.

Posted by: damnit79 | October 7, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hicks asked Fenty if he felt whether he'd properly balanced his reform efforts with the accompanying politics. Said Fenty: "I didn't balance it at all.
________

Yeah, and that is why he lost. Mayors are politicians elected to serve and promote the public interest. If the public does not think you are serving their interests - they boot you out.

Right - a martyr for education. (LOL)

What a wimpy article. Cronyism, ethical lapses, failure to control the budget, questionable spending priorities AND the appointment of a divisive, unqualified, egomaniac caused his downfall. This article is so pointless - you can't systematically change/improve anything without a buy-in from the stake holders. This is why so much of corporate America sends it's managers to leadership training seminars. There are ways ... and then there ways of doing things. When an administrator says something along the lines of "I am so good and so powerful, I don't have to listen to you" -- ain't nothing gonna change.

I actually know why that phrase is grammatically incorrect. Listen to Fenty and Rhee and ask whether either could diagram the proper construction of that sentence. Yes, I know the last is ad-hominem.

But for god's sake A MARTYR FOR EDUCATION - when are you journalists going to wake up. Go the the Web pages of individual DC schools and compare their 2010 scores with the 2009 scores. Little hint - they went down. Give me a break. A MARTYR FOR EDUCATION - now I am crying.

Posted by: vsigwalt | October 7, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mayor Fenty, for trying help DC's children. Unfortunately, you became a political target because you are supposed to ensure the jobs of ineffective teachers.

Posted by: slydell | October 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

He nearly set educational back 50 years.


Posted by: blasmaic
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DC had a decent education system 50 years.

In any case Fenty proved to be a horrible people person. That's a deadly fault for any politician. He didn't need to be charismatic ala Bill Clinton....He just needed a demeanor that was toleratable. He just needed to treat folks with respect. It's that simple. Despite those out there who keeps trying to down play the educational achievements under Fenty there is no question they were real and measurable. There were numerous polls that showed a majority of DC residents acknowledged the major improvements in DC under Fenty but overwhelmingly did not approve of the way he went about getting his changes in place.

It's also a little sad that he says he would not change the way he went about implementing his changes....And a little shocking since he pledged right before the election that he would change his style of governing...I guess that was just a last ditch attempt to get re-elected and then reverting back to his old ways.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | October 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely no way it could be his surly attitude, pseudo-tough guy mumbling responses. No way it could be a 39-year old acting like a 19-year old fraternity boy and doing everything for his sleazy brothers. No way it was Sinclair Skinner or Peter Nickels.
Right, it was all about education, keep telling yourself that Adrian.

Posted by: blankspace | October 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Those parents in the DC school system will now get the same thing they have had for the last 50 years....terrible education. NEWS FLASH ....parents should not be involved with educational planning when 36% of Washington D.C. residents are functionally illiterate. If you can't read, you can't run a school system.

Posted by: patio100 | October 7, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Fenty is full of BS. watch how fast he and his wife pull their kids out of DCPS! watch.....

Posted by: ins251 | October 7, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

All of you Fenty haters are really just hating DC's kids. It's that simple. You think he was so offensive and aggressive, but that's only because he had the audacity to show you how BACKWARDS we have been doing things in this town for too long, and that was too much truth for you to accept. I've been here for 17 years and I saw far more progress on schools, city services and quality of life in teh last 4 years than I witnessed in the prevoius 13. And all the while, my house maintained value while the rest of the country saw prices plummet.

But hey, screw the kids. Screw the home values. If corruption and incompetence is what DC's native residents want, then it's what they deserve, too. Screw you all for dragging me and my kids down with you.

Posted by: jschw10 | October 7, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

message from
"Jack".......

I think one of the lessons learned from this is that “what” you do really matters, but “how” you do it matters just as much.

The Mayor trusted the Chancellor to bring fundamental reform to DC Public Schools. The Chancellor trusted the Mayor to provide the political support for her her efforts. She warned him that she lacked the political sensitivities that most Superintendents have. His own “blind spots” to the everyday give and take of politics prevented him from developing a strategy or plan to compensate for their combined leadership shortcomings.

Neither the Chancellor nor the Mayor recognized that they needed to expand their circle of trust to include at least some of the DC Council and community stakeholders if they intended to sustain the kind of fundamental change they were bringing. Instead, the Chancellor expensed the Mayor’s political capital like a credit card, rather than investing it, and making additional deposits over time. Was it arrogance? Hubris? Impatience? Probably all of the above and more. But the most interesting aspect of this primary election was polling that indicated that voters believed that the school system reforms were moving in the right direction, but they didn’t like or trust the change agents very much. President Kennedy, in his Inaugural Address, reminded leaders of former colonies experiencing their first years of freedom, “…that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.” There is a lesson here. Fundamental change in a system as broken as DC Public Schools can’t be sustained by creating a climate of fear and mistrust. It might be that the Chancellor, like Superintendent Janey before her, pushed the envelope as far as her individual talents and the current political climate allowed; and that it is up to the next leader, with different leadership skills to consolidate these gains and build a stronger political consensus for continuous improvement of public education. Let’s hope someone is up to it.

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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 4:33 PM | Report abuse

DO YOUR HOMEWORK to research the current & historic facts about Mayor Fenty's corrupt administration, sleazy shenanigans & questionable affiliations over the years! You need to research the profligacy with Fenty's taxpayer-paid parties, shady deals & overpriced city contracts with his fraternity brothers & his cronies. You need to research the closing of childcare facilities & the shuttering of children's playgrounds in predominantly black neighborhoods, the drastic reductions in mental health services, and the delay in implementing an "inclusionary housing" development policy. You also need to research the impolitic ousting & replacement of african-american professionals from city government leadership & managerial positions. Read the following excerpt: "But Fenty's standing among Democratic Party activists began to unravel, particularly after the summer of 2009, when the administration clumsily tried to evict a group headed by former first lady Cora Masters Barry from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Southeast, which she founded. When (the highly respected civil rights activist -- Dorothy) Height and poet Maya Angelou tried to see Fenty to seek reconsideration of the eviction, the mayor cancelled scheduled meetings, outraging many African-Americans, who saw the dispute as confirmation of long-simmering concerns that Fenty took them for granted." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/14/AR2010091407069_3.html ----- Also, are you not aware of the ongoing financial improprieties, corrupt antics & thuggery of Fenty henchman Ron Moten ?!
I just watched a video produced by former DC daycare workers and there's a clip included from Ron Moten's press conference for a radio hip-hopster.
Please watch it and pay close attention to how the Mayor of the Nation's Capital is standing behind R. Moten (ex-crack dealer) with his (Fenty's) head bowed and in a submissive, scared stance. Something is suspect with their relationship!
I don't know what's up with those two, but it will make national headlines if it's ever exposed.

Here's the link, you must check it out (watch this entire eye-opening video, especially the informational scroll at the very end) ==>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7c16E6sC7I&feature=player_embedded

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mayor Fenty, for trying help DC's children. Unfortunately, you became a political target because you are supposed to ensure the jobs of ineffective teachers.

Posted by: slydell

You are a complete fool if you really believe the bulls..t you wrote.

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All of you Fenty haters are really just hating DC's kids. It's that simple. You think he was so offensive and aggressive, but that's only because he had the audacity to show you how BACKWARDS we have been doing things in this town for too long, and that was too much truth for you to accept. I've been here for 17 years and I saw far more progress on schools, city services and quality of life in teh last 4 years than I witnessed in the prevoius 13. And all the while, my house maintained value while the rest of the country saw prices plummet.

But hey, screw the kids. Screw the home values. If corruption and incompetence is what DC's native residents want, then it's what they deserve, too. Screw you all for dragging me and my kids down with you.

Posted by: jschw10

Corruption and incompetence are some of Fenty's well known traits. Do not use our children to push your bullsxxt. It is about your dog parks and property values.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 7, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

newmanagement2,
I saw that clip too and wondered the same thing. What is the mayor doing at a press conference supporting Ron Moten and Big G. I'm with you the whole scene was just weird...there's defenitely something funny going on there.

But again people ignore all these facts and call the citizens dumb because they're infactuated wth Rhee.

It's funny though cause I never saw her name on the ballot when I voted.

Posted by: uptownstars2208 | October 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The key question for Mr. Fenty is what will he do, as a private citizen, to continue the progress made during his administration?

Posted by: fevans424 | October 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Denial is a river in Egypt.

Wow, this guy is in Neverland.

Corruption, financial mismanagement (can you say $300-400 milli9on deficit?).

Really, he lost because of education reform?

This is simply sad.


Posted by: LukasWP | October 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

HOLD UP...WAIT A MINUTE!

Said Fenty: "I didn't balance it at all. And I wouldn't change a thing about how I did it. I'm just nowhere near anybody who believes that people who are trying to slow down education reform have something to offer. That's just how I feel about it."

This statement said it all! I thought that Fenty said he was SORRY and he would CHANGE if he was reelected! So that was a BIG FAT LIE in his campaign agenda!

Fenty should be SHAME of his self!
LIAR..LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!

FENTY LOST BECAUSE OF FENTY!

Posted by: asilerod | October 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Fenty should go back to being quiet. Too bad he's now defending himself and Rhee without taking responsibility for their incompetence and bad judgment.

I am sick at heart at the state of DCPS, but Rhee's helter-skelter attacks were doomed to be ineffective. How could she imagine that she could shield the budget from public scrutiny, make a series of ad hoc and apparently arbitrary decisions about schools (which ones got closed, which principals got banished, which teachers got dropped, etc), exclude parents from decision-making and not be held accountable. Please don't make me laugh by citing Rhee as having instituted a way to make teachers accountable. And Rhee, that conceited piece of work, what nonsense to think that anyone could take all of her self-serving assertions as proof of anything besides her big head.

Of course besides Rhee, there's all his questionable contract awards and misuse of public facilities.

Fenty didn't lose the election, he gave it away.

Posted by: sherozzel | October 7, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Guess it never occurred to him to get the teacher's union on board; don't real leaders get people to work together? Education reform means anything anti-teacher is good. Apparently education was the pinata to distract folks from all the other stuff going on in the Fenty administration and the Post was the first to slip on the blindfold.

Posted by: NCCrab | October 7, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Liar. If he is so far ahead of anyone on the pace of education reform, why did he vote AGAINST Anthony WIlliams taking over the schools eight years ago? For political gain, pure and simple.

Posted by: orbitcv | October 7, 2010 6:34 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 7:14 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: honestpolicy | October 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

jschw10 wrote: "All of you Fenty haters are really just hating DC's kids. It's that simple".

Hate children? What? In case you have not read recent reports, about half of the black children living in DC are now living in poverty!

This percentage grew by double digits under the Fenty regime.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse


slydell wrote:
"Thank you, Mayor Fenty, for trying help DC's children. Unfortunately, you became a political target because you are supposed to ensure the jobs of ineffective teachers".


The teachers that work at my children's schools don't what jobs for life. Tenure means that you can't be fired for no reason or for speaking out. Under tenure teachers can be fired but there has to be a valid reason and documentation.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | October 7, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Fenty just doesn't get it.

Posted by: jennjen | October 7, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I have three words to offer: Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

* * * * *

We will have Adrian and Michelle to thank for a slew of additions to our local argot. To go along with the myriad variants of RHEE-pressive, RHEE-pugnant, etc., I cast my vote tonight for the following:

FENTYSIZE: verb. To engage in delusions of grandeur and invincibility, accompanied by paranoid denial of adverse events.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 7, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Its no surprise that all the unemplyed ward 8 folks have time to trash talk the one person who called them on their lake of fiber ways. Mr. Fenty gave them a chance at a better way. Brought quality. Pearls before swine.

Posted by: AtHome3 | October 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

He lost the election because he failed to LISTEN. He didn't listen to the Council, he didn't listen to his political advisers, he didn't listen to the parents, he didn't listen to the students, and most of all he didn't listen to his constituents. He made up his mind about what everybody needed and put his blinders on to accomplish it no matter who fell by the way side. When more than 50% of the people in the city are stacked up by the way side you lose the election. Attracting new residents and adding bike lanes and dog parks did nothing to help the residents that have been here for generations. They need jobs and training for the new economy especially since all the new people have worked so diligently to criticize and dismantle the old one. People did not vote for him because of education reform, they did not vote for him because he was working for himself and his frat brothers and everyone else was treated like an outsider in their own city.

Posted by: Carole5520 | October 7, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Its no surprise that all the unemplyed ward 8 folks have time to trash talk the one person who called them on their lake of fiber ways. Mr. Fenty gave them a chance at a better way. Brought quality. Pearls before swine.

Posted by: AtHome3 | October 7, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone heard about Fenty out trying to find a job? He was out looking the day after the election. Funny how he knows that he needs money to sustain his family but when he was firing people wholesale with his black heart he did not give a hoot how they put purchased their next loaf of bread or paid their mortgage or rent. Anyone who hires him should think twice about hiring someone who is as mean, corrupt, vile and unethical as he is.
Just check the facts people, Fenty did not lose the race because of eduction reform, he lost the race because he is a vile and victious poor excuse of a human being.

management2 you nailed it.

Posted by: diahhna | October 7, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

All I notice in this term was an arrogant and renegade - ish mentality... But I do commend him on taking immediate action with the education reform at DCPS.... Even though I was laid off from DCPS around 13 months within his term... I am still bitter!!!

Posted by: pusha-d | October 7, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

patio100 wrote:

"...NEWS FLASH ....parents should not be involved with educational planning when 36% of Washington D.C. residents are functionally illiterate."

@patio -- where are you getting your statistics? Andrew Breitbart?

Washington, DC -- the city itself, as well as the metro area boasts one of the most intelligent and well-educated populaces in the country.

I am neither a parent or a teacher of DCPS students, but it is insulting when someone clearly lacking the ability to accept reality casts Washington parents as functional illiterates.

Why bring bogus information to the discussion board? It would be far more helpful if you could bring some documented statistical data instead of idiocy to the discussion.

Posted by: sheridaw | October 7, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Washingtonians are out of their minds for letting Fenty go. As a primary school teacher I have wholeheartly supported Fenty and Rhee. They knew about school reform and they did what they had to do> Fire all those incompetents that had been doing nothing for so many years and yet getting paid month after month. It is a shame that you cannot see how much good this Mayor has done for the public education system. His reforms and Rhee's radical changes were long overdue in a system that had been so bureacratic, slow, and so full of incompetent people. I guess you will now get what you deserve> more bureacracy and more incompetency.

Posted by: maribeljimeno | October 7, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

blasmaic wrote:

"He nearly set educational back 50 years."

++++++++++++++

Gee, are you a DCPS grad? Or a DCPS teacher? Or both.

Posted by: confounded | October 8, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

King Fenty lost the election because he's an arrogant jerk. He turned against his political base (blacks) that put him into office. King Fenty played racial politics. Many black politicians must learn, you don't court the black voters to get elected, then you turn against them trying to be a crossover mayor by playing racial politics.

Many of the D.C. teachers are District residents/voters. They mostly live in Maryland and cannot vote in the District. It was ordinary D.C. voters like myself the voted King Fenty out of office. Let's see how many friends he have after January. King Fenty isn't a bright Attorney and I would love to see his grades from Howard University Law School.

Fenty will never be able to repair the damage within the black community. Most blacks D.C. residents hate his guts. Fenty's disrespect to the late 98 year old black Civil Rights icon Dorothy Irene Height didn't help. Dr. Height may not have been important to whites in D.C., but she was very important to the black community.

I wish King Fenty will disappear and never be seen again in public. Let him go work for his mentor in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 8, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Correction:

Many of the D.C. teachers aren't District residents/voters.

Posted by: Ward4DC | October 8, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Um, no, boo. YOU, and not education reform, cost you the election. Get to the exact nature!

Posted by: linroy62 | October 8, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Well if that's what he needs to say to deal with his "devastating " loss, so be it. However, the reality doesn't change. Fenty lost due to incompetence.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 8, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

At the end of the day, it's really about character. Adrian Fenty is a liar. His "educational reform" has actually hurt and set student progress back. These figures have been out for a while, why hasn't the Post put this out before?:

Math Proficiency Scores:

-14 schools are worse off in 2010 than in 2007 with declines as high as 25% and an average of 8%
-41 schools are worse off in 2010 than in 2008, with declines as high as 35% and an average of 11%
-61 schools (52% of all schools) are worse off in 2010 than in 2009, with declines as high as 30% and an average of 10%

Reading Proficiency Scores:

-40 schools are worse off in 2010 than in 2007, with declines as high as 45% and an average of 6%
-58 schools are worse off in 2010 than in 2008, with declines as high as 36% and an average if 9%
-66 schools (56% of all schools) are worse off in 2010 than in 2009, with declines as high as 41% and an average of 9%

(source withheld)

Other performance facts:

-AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) under Leave no Child Behind, results for DCPS: 10 schools achieved AYP in 2010 a 70% decrease from 2009, when 34 achieved AYP.

-The achievement gap between White and African-American 4th grade students for Math has increased to a 58 point gap in 2009 from a 53 point gap in 2007.

-DCPS tested 14% fewer African-America children in 2009 indicating that many African-American families are leaving DCPS for charter or private schools.

-Since 2007 DC School construction shows favoritism toward Wards 2 and 3, where outlays average between $118 and $152 per sq. ft. compared to Wards 7 and 8 where expenditures drop between $40 and $54 per sq. ft.

Posted by: watchoutmomshome | October 8, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

What a hypocrite. This is the same person that had to be shamed into sending his sons to the same school system he purported to lead. Even then he gamed the system to cherry pick a school for them to attend – not his “neighborhood school”. If they had gone to their assigned school that school would have had to improve. Mr. Fenty missed a great opportunity to markedly improve a school, but he would have had to have his sons’ futures on the line – just like the rest of us do with our children every day. We don’t have the choice to cherry pick schools. Mr. Fenty is just way out of touch. This along with his cronyism, lack of ability to answer questions or respond to citizen inquiries led to his political defeat. Education reform is not what is sending him out the door.

Posted by: Concerned_Citizen2 | October 8, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

watchoutmomshome,

Don't forget the "so-called" increase in the Graduation Rate is due to Rhee NOT INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS in her calculations.

I don't understand how Rhee could present such skewed stats and the Dept of Ed dishes out $75 mil to DC based on falsified data.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

You cannot find one voter that wants a teacher in the classroom who cannot teach. Rhee was a teacher in Baltimore City for 3yrs. She quit,"I couldn't take it".

Fenty lost because he is unethical. He divided this city straight down the middle, Whites against Blacks. This city was not so divided whene Williams was in office. Fenty, altogether fired 400 Black teachers with 15 to 25ys teaching experience and hired at least 900 teachers with no teaching experience with the majority of the new teachers being White, and all were trained under a 5 week teacher traing program. I have a school in my neighborhood that has been closed since Fenty took over the schools. He put new athletic fields but did not fix up the centrs. He violated laws left and right. He had the National Historic Society doante $37000.00 to Kappa Alpha Psi for an open bar at a meet/greet function.

Posted by: Kevin_J_Jenkins | October 8, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

jschw10

You are a fool, just like Fenty. Kid haters huh! Get some help.

Posted by: regina2204 | October 8, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

He's a liar. And the people knew he was lying when he was apologizing for his disregard, disrespect, and disingenuous behavior to DC residents. That's why he was fired!

Ever worked w/someone who just didn't get that they didn't have customer service skills? You know that major part of their job? Thaaaaaaat's Fenty!

Posted by: ColoredSpirit | October 8, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I hope that Adrian Fenty finds success in his life after being Mayor.

I think that it may be too soon for him to really look at and accept the real reasons he lost. He will have time for that after January 2nd and I am sure will eventually come to some different conclusions than the ones he talks about in this interview.

Again I wish him only success as he rebuilds his life in the private or non-profit sector. I do believe he has much left to accomplish and to offer.

Posted by: peterdc | October 8, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

First, Mr. Fenty needs to take a grammar class and stop referring to himself as "we". Second, Mr. Fenty should retain a leadership coach and reflect on what real, effective leadership requires--speaking the vision and listening to the recipients of the vision BEFORE acting! Michelle Rhee has done heroic work, with the Mayor's full backing. BUT, the election was about leadership overall, where the Mayor simply did not succeed.

Posted by: elizabethechicago | October 8, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

So Fenty's painting it like he's a hero who was before his time. He might have been more successful if he had been more skilled at building coalitions. Not just with consultants and developers, but with communities, unions, local resources such as the universities and ed centers. He needed to pay attention to the political, social, and cultural dimensions that reside in the community in order to build capacity. Building capacity is what's important, because the community will still be here when the politicians have completed their 3-4 year cycle.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | October 8, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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