Teachers turn on Gray

December 10, 2013

Teachers’ hopes that Gray might reverse the Fenty/Rhee course of reform have gone mostly unfulfilled. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray made his first real appearance on the hustings Monday night, joining in an education-focused candidates forum hosted by the Washington Teachers’ Union. As might  be expected, his stay-the-course approach to school reform didn’t go over so well with a crowd that strongly backed him in 2010 in the hope that he would undo many of the controversial initiatives advanced by Adrian M. Fenty and Michelle A. Rhee. Then again, Aaron C. Davis and Emma Brown report, none of the candidates won a warm reception — with the exception of outsiders Andy Shallal and Reta Jo Lewis, who were most comfortable throwing red meat to the teachers on school closings, mayoral control and other matters. More from Loose Lips and WRC-TV.

In other news:

It’s snowing; D.C. schools and government offices are closed (PostCapital Weather Gang)

Jim Graham is running again (PostWJLA-TVLoose LipsDCistWAMU-FMBladeWashingtonianAPStorify)

His challengers “each need to ask themselves if they will best serve Ward 1 residents by staying in the race” (Post editorial)

Mayoral candidates tout signature totals (Loose Lips)

It’s campaign finance report day (AP)

Study: Fetal death rate spiked when waterborne lead levels were highest (Post)

Inside Aeon Financial, until recently one of the most prolific and unrepetant purchasers of D.C. tax liens (Post)

Other cities have found it much easier to keep their fire trucks tested (WJLA-TV)

Montgomery council president pays more than $1,000 in delinquent D.C. tickets (PostWJLA-TV)

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown says green-card voting bill would obstruct statehood efforts (Post letter)

67-year-old man is stabbed to death Sunday night at Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street; 37-year-old is charged (Post)

Two overnight shootings, in Petworth and Washington Highlands (WUSA-TV)

Officer charged with child porn production is released pending trial (Post)

Third mistrial declared in 2011 killing (Homicide Watch)

Mary Cheh wants answers on Wilson pool rape allegations, and fast (PostWTOP)

Woman spends eight hours trapped in downtown bathroom (WTTG-TV)

D.C. health exchange is dealing with “a bunch of small things, but no big problems,” official says (WBJ)

Lisa Mallory is expected to take a more public role at DCBIA than her predecessor (WBJ)

How can government make sure tipped workers are paid full minimum wage? (DCist)

Best solution to deer glut: Mountain lions (Post column)

Already the redeveloped O Street Market is vandalized (PoPville)

More ugly buildings! (WBJ)

ANC’s preference for Franklin School: kunsthalle or boutique hotel (SALM)

Car2go ups its prices (UrbanTurf)

Another stripper sues Stadium Club over lost wages (City Desk)

Carlos Allen’s mayoral campaign “MOST TIGHT FAN SITE” is rather something (mayorallen.com)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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Mike DeBonis · December 9, 2013