School Takeover Bill Signed

Mayor Fenty’s first bill is now signed, and it’s the School Reform Act, putting the schools under the control of the Mayor’s office, and turning the School Board into an advisory council. The bill heads now to Congress for approval, and the hope is that the bill will be approved there, and changes in the DC Schools will be visible in time for the new school year.

However, all of this was done while the seats in Wards 4 and 7 sat vacant and waiting for special election next month. It strikes me, once again, that this should be something that all wards should have had a seat at the table for a change that’s this drastic. But that’s not going to be the case. Bad move, Mayor Fenty. I know you’re trying to make the school system better, but I think that to do that, you need the consent of the whole council, not one with vacant seats.

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