Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are lobbying D.C. Council members to prevent council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's effort to override his veto of funding to the State Board of Education.
The council approved $950,000 in the fiscal 2010 budget -- a move that would give the board more power and autonomy from Rhee.
Fenty, who pushed for a takeover of the schools that included a less-influential board, appears to be poised for a fight with Gray. "The chancellor does not think this would be the best way to go about managing the school system," Fenty said in an interview.
The council is expected to take up overriding the veto at its meeting Tuesday.
Fenty made his comments after joining council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in unveiling a sign for the 1300 block of V Street, renaming it for renowned poet Langston Hughes.
Graham said he was on his way to meet with Rhee about -- what else? The veto.