Friday, November 05, 2004

Williams talks education

Mayor Williams has been talking education as of late. First, he's been doing some soul searching and says he deserves some blame for the state of DCPS.
"I will readily admit to everybody that my record on that is questionable, and I'm being kind," Mr. Williams said. "My record on schools [is that] I was flaky."

The city's public schools have been plagued by violence, high truancy rates, low test scores and dilapidated buildings.

"I would hope that over the next two years we can start turning that around," said Mr. Williams, who has sought to take over the troubled school system, which has had four leaders in the past 12 months.

The Democratic mayor pledged to redouble his efforts to improve the schools, including meeting weekly with Superintendent Clifford B. Janey and attending an upcoming retreat with D.C. education officials.

Still, Mr. Williams acknowledged his school initiatives have fallen short since he was first elected mayor in 1998.

"I can say, 'I put all this money into schools. I've put all this money into capital. I've worked for this. I've worked for that.' But if your schools are scoring lowest in the country, what can you say?" he said.
The mayor has also stated that he wants to start having weekly meetings with the school superintendent. (second story down)

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