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Posted at 6:58 PM ET, 06/ 9/2010

Good reason to investigate Michelle Rhee

By editors

By Robert Vinson Brannum

The Post’s editorial reacting to my request for an investigation of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee hit a nerve [“School daze,” June 8]. Fortunately, this nerve is connected to the “funny bone.”

It is amazing how a pending investigation of Ms. Rhee has attracted the ire of The Post’s editorial board. Is this a case of the board protesting too much?

One thing should be made clear, however: My request for an investigation was not motivated by a desire to elect or defeat any candidate; rather, I am acting as a citizen seeking to protect a principle of public policy.

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has determined my concerns to be credible, describing my complaint as a “cogent statement of facts alleged to constitute a violation” with a “reasonable cause to believe that a violation has occurred.”

Ms. Rhee is not the only one in the District who cares about children and reforming public education.

Yes, I am a strong critic of Ms. Rhee, and just as she is unapologetic about her style, I do not apologize for mine.

By editors  | June 9, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, economy, schools  
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You go Robert!!!!!!!!!!!!! Right on!

Posted by: UrbanDweller | June 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The Post isn't limited online by space, as it is in its print edition. So, why wasn't Bob Brannum's entire response to the Post's editorial (regarding his official complaint and attacking him by name for filing it) published online, instead of this heavily edited version?

I agree with Bob, and I know him only in a passing way. There sounds like self-dealing in the solicitation of these private donations.

And the Post's willingness to dismiss something that is WRONG about the way public business is conducted here -- by citing other places doing the same thing (where it is ALSO WRONG!) -- is quite disturbing.

Posted by: Kathy8 | June 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: IMGoph | June 10, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Would it be possible for the post to print Mr. Brannum's response? Please.

Posted by: resc | June 10, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

As a citizen, you have that right. If there is no merit to the charge, she has nothing to worry about. If there is merit to the charge, we have a right to know.

Posted by: candycane1 | June 10, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Sue away, investigae away, and go on with conintuing DC as DC.

But to claim it's not political is hogwash.

Posted by: Greent | June 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

In the Post's editorial response, School Daze, to Mr. Brannum's request for an investigation they write:

"It’s disheartening to see this kind of small-minded hounding of those who seek to better reward teachers who do a good job helping children learn. There would seem to be no better way to discourage public service than to turn the District into a place where no good turn goes unquestioned.”

Funny they accuse Brannum of "small minded hounding", because this is exactly what Rhee does to everyone who dare speak something differently than her especially if it is critical in nature.

In addition, it seems like Rhee is also the one to regularly "hounds" teachers in every interview or speaking enagaement that she participates in.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | June 10, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks fighting this attempt to usurp public education and the money that goes with it. Make certain you have a really good lawyer or lawyers on your side.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | June 10, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe anyone would offer $65 million to DC residents and their ilk.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised they printed any of the story.

The post and their agenda! It's all about their agenda... not the people.

They know they will not see another one like this mayor for a long time. The business insiders, developers and those who feel they must decide how DC looks have done well. They know they won't find another Fenty to front for them for a long time.

Posted by: gordonbundy | June 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

We have all seen Mr. Brannum's writing and it, and what it clearly lacks, speaks volumes! I will not get caught in a libel/slander situation, but read what he actually writes before you decide if his comments are valid. Google him.

Posted by: bbcrock | June 10, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I support Robert Brannum.

Posted by: jlp19 | June 10, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Funny, crock, I was thinking the same thing about YOUR writing!

Posted by: schooletal | June 10, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Google bbcrock and you'll find a guy who is EDUCATED and whose firsst grade child can calculate square roots.
You will also see his love for Miss Rhee.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | June 13, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

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