Ever since leaving office in early 2011, former D.D. mayor Adrian Fenty has maintained a monk-like silence about local affairs — even as controversy swirls around the man who defeated him in 2010 — while speaking up loudly on national ones. Yesterday was no different.
Appearing on WAMU’s “The Diane Rehm Show,” Fenty jumped to the side of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his fight with the city’s teachers’ union. Drawing from his own experience in battling the Washington Teachers’ Union — which yesterday asked teachers to wear red in solidarity with their striking colleagues in the Windy City — Fenty spoke out in favor of teacher evaluations and against tenure.
Saying that he thinks that tenure should be done away with altogether and that U.S.-based unions aren’t living in the real world, Fenty egged Emanuel on. “I’m one of the people that thinks ... I would encourage Rahm Emanuel to do even more,” he said. “Let’s do what’s right for kids for once instead of doing what’s right for adults,” he added.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]