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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 04/28/2010

Gandhi calls teacher deal not acceptable

By Washington Post editors


D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi has told D.C. officials that he will not approve a proposed teacher contract unless Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee finds public funds, rather than private donations, to fund raises, said a top D.C. official with detailed knowledge of the issue.

The official, who insisted on anonymity because deliberations between Gandhi and Rhee are ongoing, said Gandhi’s legal staff had determined that the conditions placed on the $64.5 million grant from four foundations are not acceptable. Those conditions include the right to withdraw the grants if Rhee leaves her position.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 28, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Chief financial officer, Grant, Michelle Rhee  
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DC Government seriously needs its own reality show.

Posted by: loladarling | April 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

DC school children will be shortchanged again. We have a Chancellor who has inspired private giving to the City's educational system and it is being turned down. Unbelievable.

Posted by: suzy7 | April 28, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell this guy that he's not 'THE' Gandhi and to not take himself so seriously. This is free money that he's turning down here,.......

Posted by: realneil | April 28, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Great...we DCPS teachers are caught in a pissing match between Gandhi and Rhee.

Posted by: goldgirl96 | April 28, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

As an accountant, I have to agree with his decision. The new contract would commit the additional money to the teachers - whether the funding comes through or not. The last thing DCPS needs is to have to deal with this all over again in a year if the money disappears.

Posted by: bringcookiesnow | April 29, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

There is no way from a management standpoint that Gandhi could say that increased spending on teacher salaries is matched by grants with contingencies. If anyone says otherwise, they are dealing in wishful thinking rather than reality. I also have a problem with district residents being held hostage by a chancellor marshaling private funds for public purposes. Giving private donors leverage over who will be chancellor subverts the democratic process.

Posted by: chgobluesguy | April 29, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I am a Chartered Public Finance Accountant and a Chartered Certified Accountant of the United Kingdom. As part of my fifty years of professional experience, I worked in a British City local government as the CFO's chief representative for Education Finance.

Therefore, I can assert, categorically, that this proposed conditional grant funding of teachers' salaries, which is very clearly a recurrent operating expenditure, is totally inappropriate in these circumstances. Dr. Gandhi is correct in his reported decision. In would have made the same recommendation.

David C. Jones FCCA, CPFA, (UK)
Annandale. VA. USA.

Posted by: solentary1 | April 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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