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The Undecided: Race to the Top Edition

August 24: Fenty Wins One


Today’s Event: D.C. and nine other states win the "Race To The Top" contest for federal education funding.  This is a bigger deal than any straw poll, especially a Ward 5 straw poll where voters are still confused over Michael Brown. This is a huge victory for Fenty—one that only helps solidify the mayor's standing on his best issue.

Influence: Big. I don't have any school-aged kids. I learned that school started from status updates on Facebook. But last night, I did think about Fenty's approach to schools and how his administration had managed to not turn the first day of school into a series of nightmares. There are no longer delays in school openings, no reports of kids waiting for weeks to get class schedules, or textbooks sitting in a warehouse. I don't get to report stories like this one about Ballou anymore or stories about good schools not getting the support they need. Now comes this: our big city mayor winning federal dollars over a lot of other big-time school districts. Fenty and Co. beat out bids from California, Colorado, Illinois, and other progressive-minded school systems.

Net impact: Lean Fenty.

But: The District has bombed on the Feds' other metric. WaPo's Bill Turque reports that last year only 34 of the District's 123 public schools made "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

  • DC Guy

    Bad analysis:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic...10082403075.html?hpid=newswell

    DCPS & Fenty & Michelle might like to take credit, but what made the case so compelling was the participation of so many high quality charter schools. You can thank KIPP, CAPS, DC Prep, E.L. Haynes, Cap City, Maya Angelou, LAMB, Yu Ying, Washington Latin, Appletree, Bridges, 2 Rivers, Elsie Stokes, DC Bilingual, and countless others for the powerful, living & thriving case studies of why the Race to the Top fund should be poured into innovative (i.e. charter-rich) districts.

    Good win OSSE! DCPS is lucky it got to coast on the reputation of DC Charter Schools for this award! Hooray!

    Please give credit where credit is due, and it is NOT with Rhee.

  • hymesb

    DCGUY,

    You are right. It wasn't Rhee that did this. If was Fenty!

    Fenty and Arnie Duncan have been freinds since Duncan ran Chicgo Public Schools. Check the record and look at who from Chicago has given to his campaign. You will see that Fenty personally lobbies Obama and Duncan.

    You think Obama and Fenty eating together and Michelle Obama eating together and Co-chairing theaters together is coincidence?

    This is all Adrian. Give credit where credit is due. Fenty's vision hit pay dirt. Period,

    How much money is this? Between Grants from people like Bill Gates and this...Fenty raised or won what...a hundred million or so DC Public Schools? Yeah, throw that guy out. Who does he think that he is?

  • noodlez

    THE FEDERAL FUNDING DC IS GOING TO RECEIVE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH RHEE AND HER FIRE AND REHIRE FAILED POLICIES.

    FAGGIE FENTY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT AS WELL. HOWEVER DUMBASS hymesb WOULD HAVE YOU THINK THE MR DUNCAN GAVE THE MONEY BECAUSE HE BROKE BREAD WITH THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYOR. WOW IMAGINE THAT!

    ITS FOLKS LIKE hymesb (WHO CANNOT TELL THE DISTRICT BUILDING FROM BUILDING IN THE DISTRICT) CLAIMING THEY ARE STATING FACTUAL INFO WHEN IN FACT THEY ARE ONLY KILLING THE OZONE WITH ALL THAT METHANE THAT OOZES FROM THEIR MOUTHS AND MINDS.

    GET THESE CLOWNS OUT ASAP! hymesb AND FOLK OF HIS ILK (FENTY FLUNKIES) ARE A DETRIMENT TO THE PROGRESSION OF WASHINGTON DC! THATS REAL TALK.

  • downtown rez

    noodlez, hysesb is right.
    Fenty is tight with the Obama administration. His policies are pretty much directly in line with the Obama administration's. He was out first for Obama when Obama was running for President. They aren't just two ships passing in the night, or two guys who happen to be at the same basketball game.
    If you are half as smart as I think you are, you know this.

  • noodlez

    @downtown rez-YOU SHOWING SIGNS OF PTSD MY COMMENTING FRIEND!

    WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?! 90% OF BLACK AMERICA WAS OUT IN FRONT WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PREZ. DC RECEIVED DOUGH BECAUSE OF ACHEIVEMENT GAPS IN TESTING THAT WAS PROPPED UP BY CHARTER SCHOOLS NOT DCPS.

    ARE YOU SAYING THAT DC RECIEVED THE MONEY BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE SAME INTERESTS? SLIM YOU ARE BETTER THAN THAT I KNOW YOU ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THAT CLOWN hymesb BUT DONT PISS ON ME AND TELL ME ITS RAINING.

  • downtown rez

    noodlez
    Don't play all innocent. You have no talent for it. Stick with the faux-bombast.

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