Sunday, December 24, 2006

Followup to Janey's State of the School speech

Tom Sherwood, DC's NBC 4 Political Reporter, wasn't too impressed by Superintendent Janey's "State of the School" speech (from early this month).
It's pretty clear Janey did not make a positive impact on his captive audience.

Simply put, Janey is fighting for his life as superintendent. A smart man, a good man, the critics say, but a slow-moving reformer.

Janey had a nice rhetorical device in his speech that played homage to Fenty's exercise and running background. Janey said some reforms require "sprinting," others are more like a "marathon." Janey said he had pursued reforms with "fleet feet," which happens to be the name of the sports store Fenty's parents own.

If only the speech itself had been more like "fleet feet" than slogging through the school bureaucracy that Fenty is intent on changing.
The most interesting part of Sherwood's article is the rumor that Fenty has taken a shining to Miami superintendent Rudy Crew. Crew, as you may recall, turned down the DCPS job two years ago.

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