Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Money Pit 

I just returned from a short trip to Chicago and nothing has really changed on the D.C. education scene. Another day and another request from the Fentee Team (Fenty+Rhee)for more money tossed at the sinking ship that is DCPS.

Theola Labbe of the Washington Post reports that there is a new appeal for an additional $31 million dollars. I'm sure this doesn't include the extra $81 million that Fentee just went begging for in front of the D.C. Council.

And all of this to me shows that Fentee really don't have confidence in their own efforts. They are talking about closing 24 schools. But if they are serious about fixing what is wrong with DCPS then won't families want to come back?

But what really makes me mad is that we are pouring more money into failure. The William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School made AYP this year and is ranked by FOCUS as a top ten charter. Do you think we get an extra dime? Nope.

I miss Kaleem Caire. When he was active in D.C.'s voucher school movement he argued for a three sector approach to school funding. So if vouchers received new federal money then an equal amount had to go to charters and traditional public schools. I guess now we have a one sector approach.

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