MORE FOXES IN THE CHICKEN COOP
ADRIAN FENTY has named a member of the right wing American Enterprise Institute and an advocate of alternatives to public schools to be "watchdogs" over the DC school system, another indicator of how brazen is the Fenty-Rhee attack on public schools.
RALPH NADER, 2003 The American Enterprise Institute . . . is loaded with corporate money, full of rich fellowships for
During the past twenty-two years, the AEI, their nearby corporate patrons, their allied trade associations and corporate "think tanks" have, in effect, taken over the executive branch, the Congress and promoted the judgeships of right-wing corporate lawyers demanding another salary increase.. . . How does the AEI keep its corporate supremacists writing those big checks? How to avoid institutional ennui? Why, go after the liberal or progressive non-governmental associations. Describe them as a collage of Goliaths running an all-points wrecking machine over government and business. Open a theater of the absurd.
WE LIKED THE HEADLINE on the latest Post story about Rhee - "Rhee's Need to Hurry Runs Into Parents' Fear of Change" - because it was classic corporate spin: If you don't want to things our way, you're afraid of change. The fact that there are an infinite ways of changing never gets mentioned.
BILL TURQUE, WASHINGTON POST The colored letters on the classroom bulletin board at Stevens Elementary spelled out "Welcome Chancellor Rhee." On this humid evening late last month, however, she was beginning to wear it out. Stevens, which opened in Foggy Bottom in 1868 to educate freed slaves, is one of 23 underenrolled D.C. schools Rhee intends to close, all but three by this summer. Its 236 students have been offered spots for the fall about a half-mile away at Francis Junior High, which will expand to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. For the 40 or so parents who turned out, there was a thicket of unanswered questions: about safety, about which Stevens teachers would move to Francis, about a decision that smelled to some like a grab for the prime
FORMER CHIEF RAMSEY, who was in charge of the police abuse of demonstrators while in DC, is in trouble again in his new job in Philly. Reports ABC News: A half-dozen
NOW THAT THE SMITHSONIAN REGENTS have voted not to go corporate on redeveloping the
LA TIMES Four years ago, a museum celebrating the history and culture of Native Americans opened at the east end of the National Mall. Within a decade, one honoring the contributions of African Americans will be erected on the west end, near the
There's no timeline for construction. Neither the museum's location nor the scope of its collection has been determined. . . . The National Coalition to Save Our Mall welcomes the Latino museum commission as long as it takes the time for careful analysis with public comment. The construction should be part of a rethinking about the grand plan of the mall, said Judy Scott Feldman, the coalition's president.
WE GOT A NOTE FROM Muriel Strand, one of the mayoral candidates in
OVERHEARD BY EAVESDROP DC - "Dude, South America and
DC EXAMINER A former judge who lost a $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaners over a missing pair of pants is suing to get his job back and at least $1 million in damages. In the suit filed in federal court, Roy Pearson claims he was wrongfully dismissed for exposing corruption within the Office of Administrative Hearings, the department where he worked. In court documents, Pearson said he was protected as a whistle-blower and that the city used the fact that he was being "vilified in the media" to cut him out of his job