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D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee: What Lies Ahead?

By Bryan Toporek — September 15, 2010 1 min read
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H/T to Bill Turque of the Washington Post for noticing some questionable last-minute campaigning from D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who lost the Democratic primary for mayor to Vincent Gray on Tuesday. (Considering the District’s heavy Democratic lean, Gray is now a virtual lock to become the next mayor.)

According to Turque, the Fenty campaign began calling Washington Post reporters on Monday (as in, the day before the election), asking if anyone had written about D.C.'s $75 million Race to the Top grant potentially being jeopardized by the election of Gray. (They had already written about it.)

On Monday afternoon, Turque saw a Tweet from the Fenty campaign’s official Twitter page, Fenty 2010: “A thought: DC’s Race to the Top’s $75 million will be lost if anything is changed in #Fenty & #Rhee’s education reform plan. Vote for 4 more.”

Count Turque as one who was skeptical about Fenty’s message. He wrote: “Difficult to know what “anything” means although it’s hard to imagine that all $75 million would be off the table for minor tweaks, as the message implies.”

Our EW colleague, Dakarai Aarons, wrote up a comprehensive summary of what may lie ahead for Rhee, now that Gray has beaten Fenty. Dakarai will be interviewing Rhee later today, so check back on his blog later for updates.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.