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Fenty, Err, The Children Win the Morning

Adrian Fenty

The Green Team got a nice little boost this morning courtesy of Uncle Sam. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that D.C., along with nine states, won the "Race to the Top" contest for additional federal school funding.

Details on how much money this means for the District haven't been disclosed, but the timing of the announcement couldn't have been better for Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The last couple of days have not been kind to Hizzoner. He got walloped in straw polls, made to look like a kind of a pansy on the front page of the Post, and lost the support of the brother of one of his alleged cronies.

But that's all past tense. Today he gets a federal attaboy along with news reports that the city's schools opened without the embarrassing glitches that usually mark the first day back from summer vacation. For voters who love Michelle Rhee but aren't so thrilled with Fenty, this kind of news makes it easier for them to be more confident with their decision to support the mayor.

As for Fenty, well, he's so happy he even put out a rare statement to reporters:

This is fantastic news for the future of the District of Columbia and its kids. For the past four years, there is nothing that has been a higher priority than public education for my Administration and we are both thrilled and grateful that President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan are showing support through this grant for our reform efforts to create a world-class education system in the nation’s capital.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • blkwrestl

    please you still are not getting elected

  • Dracula and Marion Return from the Grave!

    But Gray did okay, because Marion Barry has just accused Adrian Fenty of "fostering a culture of corruption." Saw the quotes on another local blog. So I guess it comes out even, huh?

    Fenty (and Rhee) may be improving the schools, but Barry says he's corrupt.

  • Gordon Bundy

    Rhee is going to run the okie doke on Fenty supporters!!

    Either way she is out of here after the primary! Collect her contract and exit cash and on the next flight out. Give it til spring so it won't look too bad.

    Mayor Johnson is no joke, and is the one who wears the pants in that family.

    Fool me once, shame on you!

    Fool me twice, shame on __________!

  • tired

    I agree blkwestl!!!

  • http://bing.com Anothernative

    I think that Vince Gray should just call him out, and tell him to stop hiding behind Michelle Rhee's skirt tale's. Adrian Fenty know's he can't stand on his own intellect against this innovative older guy.People are always talking about how energetic the Mayor is, point is that every older person was once very energetic, that's something that can be delegated to task, what we need at the helm is "wisdom", a character trait that Mr. Mayor hassn't yet aquired.

  • imnotleavingdc

    Just a correction here ... School opening was not glitch-less as reported, considering one 12 year old special needs student was put on the wrong bus, whose irresponsible driver made a pit stop by a hospital and got the child home over 2 hours late ... As for Fenty, no comment except to say we can't get him out fast enough ...

  • Confused

    It will be interesting to see the looks on everyone's face as Fenty loses the race and everyone realizes that the so called improvement of DCPS was just a scam. You have to give them credit for this facade. Even the federal government believes it.