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School for Jerks

Adrian Fenty

The national press is now sorting through our primary election, trying to figure out what it all means for the future of young, bald, black politicians (look out, Cory Booker!), urban policy, and—most of all—school reform. On cable TV yesterday, Michelle Rhee was taking the blame for Adrian Fenty's defeat by Vince Gray. Asked on MSNBC if she helped cost her boss his job, the still-for-now DCPS chancellor replied, unhesitatingly, "Without a doubt." At the premiere last night of Waiting for Superman (a new documentary on failing urban schools and the reform movement Rhee comes out of), a crowd of national political, media, and education policy gave Rhee a big ovation, and the narrative that was emerging of Tuesday's election was pretty clear: School reform killed Fenty.

Which is a preposterously oversimplified way of looking at it. Yes, like many of the white, young, well-educated gentrifying class that made up Fenty's base, I think Rhee's reform plans have the potential to shake up a failing system. And yes, it's clear that much of Gray's base—especially the American Federation of Teachers members who endorsed him and spent $1 million on his behalf—didn't see it that way. But what went wrong with education reform in D.C. wasn't necessarily the substantive policy, or even Rhee's implementation of it. What went wrong with education reform in D.C. was Adrian Fenty.

Sure, Rhee pissed off a lot of people, pretty quickly, when she arrived here. She seems to relish confrontation, and her blunt assessment of Tuesday's results—which she called "absolutely devastating" to D.C. children—is just as confrontational as her aggressive campaigning on Fenty's behalf was; after all, she's basically telling the District's voters that they've doomed their kids. (Gray, of course, helped push for some of the structural reforms Fenty and Rhee put in place, and says he's committed to continuing the effort with or without her.) But DCPS is, as Rhee says in Waiting for Superman and in the glowing national media profiles of her, giving kids a crappy education. When 8 percent of D.C. 8th graders are doing math at the 8th grade level, it's hard to argue that point. So if Rhee felt the need to throw some sharp elbows around, maybe that's what the situation called for. Her job is to improve the schools, not win the next election.

Winning the next election, though, was part of Fenty's job. It doesn't do any good to bring in people who are on the cutting edge of their field's policies if you lose your own job not long after they arrive. Fenty simply couldn't be bothered to try to sell Rhee's school program to the people who mattered most in assessing it—District voters. As Ta-Nehisi Coates points out in a smart post on The Atlantic's website today, putting smart department heads in place isn't enough; sure, policy wonks may look at what they're doing and admire the work, but you've got to tell voters what you're up to, and explain why they should trust you to carry it out. And if your schools chancellor is going out of her way to start fights all over the city, you've got to spend that much more energy running around trying to get people to buy into it.

That shouldn't have been beyond Fenty's power. Courtland Milloy was right to note, and mock, the patronizing tone a lot of the post-mortems take toward the majority-black D.C. electorate that sent the mayor packing in his furious Washington Post op/ed: "As for you blacks: Don't you, like, even know what's good for you?" But the split over education policy didn't have to get so vitriolic and racially charged. If Fenty believed as strongly as Rhee says he did that school reform was good for everyone in the city, he should have doubled down on his efforts to persuade others that it was. Instead, he watched, smugly confident in his own political sense, and sure people would grasp what he and Rhee were doing. And since no one bothered to try to tell voters why firing teachers and closing schools would yield long-term results, some voters, perfectly reasonably, rejected the idea.

But not all voters, and that's where the school reform focus in the post-mortems goes even more astray. This election was not a referendum on Rhee. A Mayor Fenty who didn't let basic political outreach slide, and who made some effort to keep the District's black middle class engaged in their government, who didn't give his frat brothers sweetheart contracts, who didn't snub Dorothy Height, and who picked his battles for important issues (like fixing schools) instead of pointless ones (like baseball tickets for the D.C. Council) could have done exactly what Fenty did on education, and still won. And even without Rhee, the Fenty we actually saw for the last few years would still have lost to Gray, who—after all—hammered Fenty mostly on style and process grounds.

Now that he's lost, Fenty's political incompetence is still undermining the policies he claims he stood for. While Rhee runs around taking blame for his loss, Fenty seems to think he did nothing wrong. "I have no regrets," he told Harry Jaffe. At a panel discussion after the Waiting for Superman premiere (which, by the way, made me want to drop everything and just go follow panelist Geoffrey Canada's orders), Rhee said Fenty had been the best leader she'd ever worked for.

Wrong. A good leader would have built support for what he believed in, would have been an evangelist for the school reform cause; a good leader would have led, and wouldn't have committed the other political gaffes that doomed him. Fenty may have been bold in appointing Rhee and letting her go to work, but after that, his inability to connect with his constituents just made things worse. Meaningful school reform doesn't have to die if Rhee goes, but if it does, it'll be Fenty's own fault.

Heckuva job, Adrian.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Comments

  1. #1

    Great column Matt!

  2. #2

    Oops, Mike!

  3. #3

    THAT PHOTO IS CLASSIC AND GETS MY VOTE FOR WCP BEST COVER PHOTOS!

  4. #4

    Really great column! Well stated, comprehensive reasoning, and honest and complete assessment of the reasons for Fenty's failings and Fenty's firing.

  5. #5

    I'm not a teacher, work for an educational not profit but don't really care about education that much. But that Geoffrey Canada... He'll make you believe.

  6. #6

    Amazing smart column!!!! I will now commence to following you on twitter.

  7. #7

    What a great column. Fenty's remark to Jaffe and Rhee's remarks just show how unable either of them is to change. If Rhee really thinks she hurt Fenty and wants to help kids how about shutting her mouth for a change. She keeps putting her foot in it and doesn't seem to learn anything.

  8. #8

    Good column and exactly the point I have been hammering home to bitter Fentites- I might not have a problem with Rhee and what's she's doing, if I only knew what she was doing. Her coming out and saying "trust me" just wasn't good enough for a lot of people. I think more people would have embraced what they were trying to do if they simply attempted to bring others along. But the egos on both of them simply could not make that happen. No resident of DC wants to send their kids to a poorly performing school and all would agree that change, even dramatic change is good.
    Feels weird posting as ABM since the moniker no longer fits...

  9. #9

    Absolute best analysis I've seen of the election! Kudos!

  10. #10

    Fenty and Rhee weren't about reform. Those two are demons! First, before they took over they said central administration was bloated and that they had all the money that they needed in the system but the money was mismanaged. You knew that they they didn't know what they were doing when they came back looking for more money and Council gave it to them. She then sent central adminstrators packing and brought in a smaller number of higher paid cronies -- either keepign cost the same or increasing them. She then went on a mission to bust up the union by hiring novice lower paid teachers and cutting veterans loose and privatizing management of public schools to make corporate officers richer. The court is still on her butt for special education which she can't seem to fix. Truancy is a problem that she is still sweeping under the rug. Plus that wench can only count right when that non-earned bonus money is going into the pocket of her and her cronies. She had it good, she got as much or more money than prior superintendents with a smaller empire. She didn't do squat for West of the Park since those schools were already performing pretty good. You want to fix schools in DC and help the teachers too? Well, put TV cameras into the classrooms at underperforming schools and set up boot camp style boarding schools to deposit the violators caught on tape. Then you will see a difference in performance at a lower cost outside of West of the Park! We know how to take care of our own and we don't need no underqualified out of towner like her trying to run a game on us!

  11. #11

    I can't understand for the life of me why most of the people in DC are up in arms about Michelle Rhee she is an arrogant prima donna. First for her to say that the election was devastating was an unprofessional act and I blame no one but Adrian Fenty because he allowed to happen far too many times. I understand your first amendment rights but this woman took it to another level. Mr. Gray has been mayor but a day and she comes with this. For the my brothers and sister of the cauciscan persuasion why is it okay for the tea baggers to come in and attack our president and nothing is said.Racially insensitive signs etc. But when blacks voice their opinion we want to go back to the Barry days. (which seems to be the talking point for some reason) is nothing further then the truth, and to add insult to injury we are called parasites. First of all we make up a large majority of the middle class here we work hard and we demand respect and if that is difficult for you to understand well too bad. By the way I as well as a lot of others pay our taxes and we are not the only ones that voted Fenty our other brother and sisters both white, brown, asian etc. so we all must be wrong huh.

  12. #12

    This column makes sense. On Rhee, GFBrandenburg's blog explains my distaste for Rhee, but in the final analysis, it boils down to Fenty being a poor supervisor for her.

  13. #13

    LOL@Southeast Resident

    They both are the Anti-Christ!

  14. #14

    Tired: Great comment. The mainstream media gets it wrong on both counts. The election wasn't a referendum on school reform. And Gray voters aren't hoping for a return to the Barry days.

  15. This is terrible sandpaper. Send it back to the cook.
    #15

    Oh thank you god. I was reading the national press today and was wondering if i was nuts or were there really all these assholes on soapboxes telling us what they thought about an election in a place they didn't live.

    Sick of how DC is used as a laboratory.

  16. #16

    It seems that "well-educated" folk are just as narrow-minded as some of the yokels that are the targets of scoffs at Georgetown and Chevy Chase dinner parties. It seems too few of our residents want to give much attention to what is ACTUALLY going on. They do what everyone else does: they embrace the data that supports their opinions and look for even the most unlikely reasons to discredit data that undermines their views. This is nothing new to American politics, but it is a bit more disheartening to find this trait so prevalent among supposed wonks.

    Crooked behavior is crooked behavior. Good behavior is good behavior. Fenty brought in some people of great talent and character, but he also undermined their authority and ability to cause positive change by inexplicably bringing in crooks. The more we learn about Rhee, the more one has to admit she is one of the crooks.

    Yes, their are A LOT of crummy teachers and the WTU is a blight on DCPS' future. That does not mean one can just play dirty to counter those problems.

    As Team Rheenty now knows, if you claim the higher ground but fail to uphold its code of ethics, you will be sliding down the hill with the rest of the sludge.

  17. #17

    I took time, But they got the job done right! Fenty and Rhee are both sub para. It just took 3 years see that both of them have done nothing but dismantle all the hard work Washingtoian have put end bring this city to this point of greatness. It took just three years of this adminstration to have us at each others throats. So whats next? You can have rich without poor and you can have dumb without smart.

  18. #18

    Good article, especially:
    "If Fenty believed as strongly as Rhee says he did that school reform was good for everyone in the city, he should have doubled down on his efforts to persuade others that it was."
    Fenty could not sell the public on what Rhee was doing (not all of which was merit-worthy) and now Rhee (though not necessarily the city's children) will have to pay the price.

  19. #19

    What a great way to collect the musings of most Gray supporters (especially blacks) and finally put them in print!! This article is along the same lines of what "tired" wrote. But the media told a different story. A tale of Two Cities and like the limp conclusion of those who reasoned that a vote against Fenty was a vote against gentrification/education, many of you just didn't get it. Hopefully high-minded blacks like Jonetta and Rend Smith will read, digest and finally understand where they went wrong in their PlantationGri-La analysis. Kumbaya sistah Rose-Barras and her trusty sidekick Smith, Kumbaya.

    Fenty wasn't hurt by his school reform efforts rather it was the person he charged with running the schools.
    Yes, Rhee is a by-product of Fenty's failure as a mayor. and here again, the media shares partial blame. The glitterati'ish attention she's receiving is the exact overthetopness she has gotten all along. I have not seen one education expert maintain that Rhee's experiment has shown long-term results. They have all referred to the ebbs and flows of data. It explains how the 09-10 elementary reading/math scores declined 4.4/6 % respectively. Yet, she's SUPERWOMAN!!! The facts are that her policies haven't been in place long enough to prove that. I compare it to Redskins fans (sorry Skins) who think the red/gold is back just because Dallas lost a game to them. No solid facts but at least it "feels" that way! :)

    Fenty should have controlled her but the recent "devastating" comments coupled with the previous August direct attack against Gray's reform commitment, shows that Michelle Rhee is more interested in being SuperWoman than caring for students. No other person (concerned about the kids) would have campaigned against the next mayor like and hope to be continue their efforts, but her.

    But alas, if you think she's Superwoman now, Just wait until she's makes her recently announced Oprah debut. I see stars in her Future.

  20. #20

    I'm certainly no expert on what Rhee was up to, but I'd like to see a lot more focus on what appears to be the privatization of public schools--starting with the role of Congress in regard to charter schools right down to the corporations pouring millions into DC schools.

    Am I being paranoid to wonder if this all somehow comes down to the rightwing hatred of public education and the desire to provide public funding to private (i.e. religious) schools?

  21. #21

    Finally, a voice of sanity. Couldn't agree more with your perspective, Mike.

    Thank you for writing this.

  22. #22

    The attitude of Rhee/Fenty makes a lot more sense when you look at their one term as essentially a political suicide-mission. Their accomplishments were essentially the politically impossible ones.
    They closed down a ton of underutilized facilities that were hemorrhaging money. They fired the bottom 5% of teachers, principals, and bureaucrats using an objective measure of performance. They negotiated a new teachers' contract that pays the top teachers more than any system in the country.

    Truly remarkable.

    There was simply no way to do what they did without generating an unstoppable tide of ill-will that would wash them from office. So now they've done it, and they're gone. And Gray has political cover to appoint someone to hold the ground they cleared.

  23. #23

    Abyssgazer -- none of the D.C. charter schools are religious, and in fact, some of the newest charters in the District were recently offloaded by the Catholic Archdiocese. Fenty and Rhee didn't particularly push to defend the vouchers the Republican Congress had put in place in the 1990s, so I don't think the school reform movement was really about replacing public schools with religious ones.

  24. #24

    We had a a chancellor/superintendent some years ago Arlene Ackerman. She had a plan to raise the scores. She left and went back to Seattle because the council and the board would not let her run the schools. She had a plan and it should have been followed. The last two people did not have real plan. Firing teacher and closing schools is not a plan.Talking about the teacher force as in effective and not training them is not a plan. the msjority of the teacher in this city are people of color. Most majored in education because they wanted to be teachers. The manner in which the present adminstration walked out teacher in front of students is not something would make people want to major in education. You make a new evaluation plan and you do not pilot it first. You use it and then fire teacher based on faulty statistic and then call people ineffective and it shows just how ineffective the present adminstration is and has been for the last 3 years. There was a teacher who where fired last years because a principal did not like them at Drew Elementary and this teacher had the highest score in student improvement according to the the data. She taught school for twenty-six years. At Sharpe Health a blind teacher was fired last year because the principal did not like him . She made him a visual arts teacher and then she fired him. There were many teachers that who where fired because the principal gave them made reviews or in last years round of firing

  25. #25

    Thanks for the response, Mike. Actually, I wasn't suggesting that Fenty and Rhee were looking to replace public schools with religious schools. I was referring more to Congress and the rightwing elements that loathe the concept of public education. My fear is that the Fenty/Rhee brand of "school reform" was playing into their hands in exchange for the dollars.

    At any rate, how can the largess of corporations be viewed as any sort of sustainable reform and, likewise, how can a system which is drained of many of its more motivated parents, teachers, and students by charter and private schools ever be truly "reformed"?

    I'm not sure what is the path to sustainable reform, but I'm not convinced Fenty and Rhee are/were on it.

  26. #26

    Two points.

    First is it really surprising that Rhee and Lanier feel they can operate without consulting other interest groups when that is the process Fenty used in selecting them? Rhee's attitude was that she only had to please a constituency of one. So long as the Mayor was completely behind her she could ignore everyone else.

    Second can anyone grasp that education reform is not the top issue for everyone in this election? I would say that for me it isn't even in the top five. I would say that corruption is my number one issue and which Fenty's parks contract issues and Ron Moten involvement did not win me over. Number two is parking. If I drive downtown to have dinner with friends I don't want to have to give the city an $8 tip.

  27. #27

    Hi Charlie,

    That's exactly the point—everyone has their own reasons for voting how they do. (For example, I don't have a car, so when I vote, I don't consider parking fees; I don't even know how much meters cost.) Which is why the national media shouldn't suggest education was the issue that swung the race.

  28. #28

    While I agree with a lot of the above comments and your analysis, I have to disagree with your conclusion. It's Fenty's fault if school reform dies? He won't be mayor in two months. No matter what happens, Gray will be repsonsible for what reform goes forward.

    Does anyone have anything good to say about Vince Gray? Anything? All analysis has revolved around Fenty and his style (something local media should be able to rise above, instead of sinking to the level of national media).

    Look forward to seeing your responses.

  29. #29

    The air needs to be completely cleaned from the stench of the Fenty administration. Rhee was not on a slate to run with Fenty. Therefore, Rhee's behavior, gone unchecked by any competent boss is Fenty's fault. He didn't have a clue what she was doing and she knew he wasn't bright enough to be an effective boss.

    Thanks for this picture. I love it! I like seeing the popping veins and now he has grown enough wrinkles in his forehead that he can screw on his fedora.

  30. #30

    Tom,

    Obviously Gray is responsible for what happens going forward. But if you take Rhee's warnings at face value—that the mere fact of Gray winning the election means the pace of reform will slow—then Fenty, and his utter inability to lay the political groundwork for his policy agenda, deserves significant blame. Certainly more of it than Rhee, or the school reform project in general, does. (I'm not sure I agree with Rhee on that point, at any rate; the structural reforms she pushed through, like the contract, are more important than who the chancellor is.)

    Fenty's style was, essentially, the main issue Gray ran on; when he met with City Paper, he couldn't name three Fenty policies he'd undo. So I don't think we're off base in dwelling a bit more on that aspect of the campaign. If Fenty had been able to connect with voters only a bit more throughout his term, Gray probably would never have run, and no one would be wondering what Rhee's departure means for school reform. I don't think education was the driving issue for most Gray voters—this race was the classic "referendum on the incumbent" kind of election. Gray promised, essentially, to be a nicer Fenty; to give voters the stuff they liked about D.C. in 2010 without the stuff they didn't like about the mayor.

    Whether he can deliver on that, of course, will be the question of the next four years. But I do think Fenty could have given the city a nicer Fenty than he did, and as someone who thinks his administration was working on smart, innovative policy ideas in several areas (transportation, planning, and yes, education), I wish he had.

  31. #31

    This article is an excellent analysis. And I agree that if the positive things that Rhee has begun come to a screeching halt, the blame should be laid at the feet of Adrian Fenty. A good leader and good supervisor would have made sure there were people and mechanisms in place to carry forward her work under a new administration. Rhee was clearly a one-woman show who included few in her plans or decisions. I fully expect that she will leave the office of chancellor in total disarray -- AND change her cell phone number so nobody can call and ask questions!

    And she cares about the children. PUH-LEEZE.

    I don't see Vince Gray or Adrian Fenty as being far apart in moving the city forward, or making needed reforms in education and other areas. What they ARE far apart in is HOW they go about moving the city forward. Fenty did it in an iron-handed, dismissive fashion; Gray will do it in a more mature, inclusive, and thoughtful way and at least give the APPEARANCE that he gives a damn.

  32. #32

    Thank you thank you thank you for writing this! Sending to the clueless out of towners.

  33. #33

    Jesus H. Christ, THANK YOU MIKE!!! Your analysis is spot on. I've been trying to scrub the Post's inane droolings from my mind all week and your article might have done the trick!

  34. #34

    Thanks for your response Mike, you cleared up some questions I had. Here's my takeaway at this point: Fenty and his supporters couldn't exactly hide behind his policies, as pragmatic and progressive for the city as they were, if Fenty himself couldn't lay the political groundwork going forward. I think
    this unfortunately means political hand holding, and not hurting people's feelings: a liability in a big city with city problems.

    If I could quote your response though on one more point:

    "Fenty’s style was, essentially, the main issue Gray ran on; when he met with City Paper, he couldn’t name three Fenty policies he’d undo. So I don’t think we’re off base in dwelling a bit more on that aspect of the campaign."

    This seems like Gray's problem, not Fenty's. Know what I mean? Couldn't the press have focused on his lack of a policy platform, instead of every article being about Fenty's style? I apologize if this question seems bitter or tired, but it's a question that's never really been answered for me.

  35. #35

    I don't think he lacked a policy platform; he issued all kinds of policy papers. They just happened to be very similar to Fenty's.

    The whole point I'm trying to make is that most people who voted for Gray didn't vote for him to repudiate education reform, or bike lanes, or much of what else Fenty did (maybe the proverbial dog parks, if only because they were expensive). They voted for Gray because Fenty did a terrible job at the political part of a mayor's job, and that made him vulnerable to a style- and process-based critique, which happened to be exactly where Gray would be strong.

  36. #36

    Fair enough. That does seem to be a little bit of a self-fulfilling prophesy, or a chicken and the egg scenario, not sure which metaphor is most appropriate. Thanks again.

  37. #37

    Tom, I not exactly sure that a politicians decision to lay his/her political groundwork is the same as political hand holding. This is the perception encouraged by Rose-Baras, Rend Smith, et. al when they wrongly assumed that Gray supporters wanted a revival moment with the mayor. Mike got it right when he said that Fenty didn't lay the right groundwork which would have definately ensured a 2nd term. If you read Wpost's Wednesday article, it became clear to anyone willing to listen that Fenty was Fenty's problem. His own staff tried to warn him and he was simply dimissive.

    I think we all should remember that prior to being elected mayor, Fenty had zero managerial experience outside of his duties on the council. Could it be that while he was good at being a hard charging politician, he was an abject failure as a manager? Think of his campaign and how he allowed his surrogates (who happened to be paid on the taxpayers dime) to speak for his campaign? Whose bright idea was it to have Rhee/Moten/Knickles be his PR Team? Likely his.

    In contrast, Gray's managerial experience was relegated to three years back in the 90's, the same number of years Rhee has educating kids. Yet, her work since then has turned her into Rheena, The Goddess of Education.

  38. #38

    Yes Fenty should have done a better job of explaining Rhee's actions. However, under Rhee's leadership the DC school system already made unprecedented and undeniable progress., as well as receiving a $75 million Federal grant as a result of this progress. This District is in danger of losing this money if the reforms Rhee put in place do not continue. Gray supporters need to take responsibility for seriously jeopardizing the continued reform and funding for DC's public schools.

  39. #39

    Clear sign that Fenty and Rhee did not understand the concept of September 14th election: Hiring a top-dollar national political consultant (Anita Dunn) initally just for Rhee, not for the bald guy actually on the ballot.

    Did Dunn prepare Rhee for movie premier discussion, when she said election results were devastating for DC school kids? If so, political malpractice that should require Dunn to hand in her license.

  40. #40

    WILL SOMEONE PERSON PLEASE HELP EMILY PARKER! THIS IS ONE THE TWITS MR MILLOY WAS TALKING ABOUT!

    WE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS LAST WEEK.

  41. #41

    Mike,

    This was a really excellent analysis. In effect, Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee went down because they didn't understand that, to be a transformational leader, one must bring the voters along with you. Leaders must explain clearly the values behind what they are doing, the goals they are trying to reach, and the strategy they are employing to get there. And leaders must actively seek feedback and make necessary adjustments along the way. Seems to me that one of the most supremely difficult aspects of being a good leader is knowing when to stick to one's guns, because creating system change is difficult and people tend to cling to the status quo, and when one is generally going in the wrong direction and needs to make adjustments.

    I firmly believe Vince Gray is the right kind of transformational leader. I saw it in the way he brought together Ward 7, that has huge disparities in wealth and education. I saw it in the way he led our frequently fractious Council. He will have enormous challenges, to unite a city this divided, and to deal with severe fiscal challenges, but he's smart, mature and understands the need to communicate the issues and where he thinks we need to go. And he firmly believes that many heads are better than one, so he will consult those whose opinions can help make a better policy.

    For their part, perhaps the media could try a little harder NOT to write-off an official when he or she is trying to explain the reasons behind a position or action. It's easy to snarkily dismiss the candidate as "boring", when they aren't cutting ribbons, or running triathlons, or driving smart cars. But that's how we got to the divisive sloganeering about dog parks and gentrification in this election, because the news media, and here I would particularly fault the Washington Post, bought into the hoopla and forgot the analysis.

  42. #42

    Oprah should have had the architect of North Carolina school system’s education reform on her show since Chancellor Rhee and Fenty copied North Carolina’s education strategic plan verbatim and presented it to the city council as DCPS’ education reform strategies, which influenced the council to grant Fenty control of DCPS.

    The Wash Post claims that education reform will end if Rhee doesn’t stay at the helm, but in fact North Carolina school system is the author of DCPS’ school reform proposal, not Rhee and her team of impostors.

    Here’s the link to the Wash Post article:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/08/AR2007050802047.html?hpid=topnews

  43. #43

    How soon we forget, the North Carolina issue seems to have disappeared with time, she tried to add a little tweak too it with the virtually untested fly by night evauation system, what ever doesn't come out in the wash, will come out in the rinse.If she stays, she'll find out how different it is when you're held accountable. For all of you that are (angry) because the gentrifying movement is temporarily derailed, get over it,cause it looks like a few more are going to be able to stay than originally anticipated. What makes you think that job training and school reform can't exist in the same sentence. I get tired of listening to the, I'm leaving town before the Barry era poltic's start BS, if you're going , get the f@ck on, and stop faking. It feels like a brand new fresh, crisp fall morning to me, I can't wait too see what this (new Mayor) has in store for the future of this town. One city, Peace

  44. #44

    Great article Mike. As a District resident we had to give him the boot. We do not need a Mayor who doesn't know how to communicate or listen to the people he suppose to be serving.

  45. #45

    28612 890843Incredible blog layout here. Was it hard creating a nice looking web site like this? 287245

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