Sunday, December 24, 2006

Fenty's diabolical plan

According to the City Paper if Mayor-elect Fenty cannot take over the District's public schools as he would like he has a back-up plan.
Fenty is enjoying the early stages of his mayoral honeymoon. Everyone on the D.C. Council is being nice to him, the outgoing mayor is generally effusive, and the Washington Post appears to be on board as well.

All of which leaves Fenty plenty of room to scheme against an emerging rival: Former city administrator and incoming school-board President Robert Bobb. The super-technocrat is one of the few city leaders to publicly question whether Fenty’s dream of a mayoral takeover of the schools is the best way to boost student achievement.

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham claims the appointment of board members and their subsequent replacements by Fenty loyalists isn’t just a lucky coincidence. “I think there is a very good chance that [Bobb] will be outgunned,” says Graham, who calls the appointments “a skillful action.”

Fenty seems to have stumbled on a backup plan if he can’t manage a takeover of the D.C. public schools: just keep appointing school-board members to posts in his administration.

His Nov. 28 selection of appointed school-board member JoAnne Ginsberg to be his legislative director means Fenty will get to add three people of his choosing to the board in January. The terms of board members Robin Martin and Carrie Thornhill, who were appointed by Williams, expire at the end of this year.

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