Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reinoso takes it on the chin over delays

Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso went before the DC Council last week to answer questions about why the Mayor has missed deadlines to install the mandated researchers to conduct a required long-term evaluation of the school system's new governance.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration, under the legislation that put him in charge of the schools, was required to name a team of evaluators in September 2007 to study how the new structure affects student achievement over time. The study will examine changes initiated by School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, including the introduction of new business operations, teacher hiring and training procedures and plans to close and reorganize about 50 schools.

But council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) questioned whether the researchers, nominated in April, would be able to produce a credible report by September. Because researchers are starting so late, he said, they would have to rely on the school system's data rather than their own research. The time frame "is a source of extreme concern," Gray said. "I don't even know if we can guarantee that the data was gathered in an appropriate way."

"We missed our deadline. That was an oversight on our part," Reinoso said. "We think we can move forward rigorously and vigorously."

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