Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) indicated in an interview this morning that he will oppose the council's proposed $45 million cut in funding for public education.
Fenty proposed $250 million in cuts himself to help the city in one of the toughest budget crunches since the 1990s. But the council is looking to restore some of those cuts, which could mean raising some taxes and finding other cuts, such as in education.
The mayor has made public education a priority of his administration and has been praised and criticized for giving schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee a sort of blank check. "My commitment is to help the chancellor have all the resources necessary for her reform," he said in an interview.
Fenty said he will consult with Rhee to find out how much of an impact the loss of $45 million would have on schools to determine the route he will take with the council.