Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Is Janey trying to privatize Ballou?

According to the Common Denominator William Lockridge, DCPS BoE board member for Wards 7 & 8 has been circulating a memorandum of understanding that purportedly cedes academic and facilities decisions at Ballou Senior High School to the private organizations the Federal City Council, Kimsey Foundation and New Leaders for New Schools.
Lockridge told a group of about 50 Ballou teachers and parents May 9, during a weekly meeting of District IV education activists at Stanton Elementary School, that he confronted Janey about the secretive process used to develop the plan and that Janey assured him the deal would not be executed in its current form. Lockridge said he did not know about the plan until recently.

Neither Janey nor a representative of the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) administrative staff was present at the May 9 meeting, although Lockridge said they were invited. DCPS spokeswoman Roxanne Evans said that the school system's chief operating officer, Thomas M. Brady, and chief accountability officer, Meria J. Carstarphen, would not discuss the MOU with The Common Denominator and that they referred questions to the superintendent. Evans said Superintendent Janey was too busy with meetings to speak with The Common Denominator.

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