Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Barry claims Rhee discriminates against Ward 8

Councilmember Marion Barry is unhappy with the pace of capital improvements to schools in his Ward 8 district and wouldn't you know it, he didn't throw in some good old fashioned (albeit thinly veiled) race baiting to go along with it.
"She is discriminating against the residents of Ward 8."

That's the accusation leveled against D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee by Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry, who gathered a handful of his constituents to express outrage over Rhee's announcement that two southeast Washington elementary schools will remain closed through next year.

The schools in question are Turner Elementary and Moten Elementary, which Rhee shuttered in 2008. Students were placed in other nearby schools, with Rhee promising to rebuild and improve the schools in 2010, according to a press release from Barry's office.

But yesterday ahead of her hearing with the D.C. Council about her highly-criticized school reform efforts, Rhee said budget constraints and the bad economy would make it impossible for the school system to come through on those promises this year. She instead postponed the rebuilding projects for another two years.
Community activist Elaine Carter ignores any subtlety and dives right in:
"This isn't urban renewal, it's negro removal.... They want us blacks out of the city."
Throw on some legwarmers and a pair of parachute pants... its like we're back in the 80s.

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