"I'm not happy with the managers under Dr. Janey," Wells said in an interview with The Examiner. "Dr. Janey's put together a good school reform plan and they even have a good master facilities plan — it was done by outside consultants. I'm not happy at all with the people under him. Assistant superintendents, managers."
Wells, who has worked as a child health and education advocate in the District, is leaving his seat as Ward 5 and 6 representative on the Board of Education to serve on the Council.
Before the election, Wells toured three schools in his District with now Mayor-elect Adrian Fenty as he mulled a possible school takeover plan.
A spokesman for Janey could not be reached.
Wells has said he supports a takeover and echoed concerns that have been expressed by parents and educators that, while Janey has a good plan, it is not moving forward fast enough.
"I don't see underneath him the efficiency and the urgency," Wells said. "It's funny, I use the word ‘urgency' because I picked it up from Adrian. He keeps saying that. And he's right."
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Newly elected Wells wants Janey to clean house
Newly elected Ward 6 representative to the DC Council and outgoing Ward 5 & 6 Board of Education member Tommy Wells is urging Superintendent Janey to clean the District's public school system of managers standing in the way of progress.