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But here’s where the follies kicked in. The mayor also said “we will be back at you in a couple of weeks to talk about the closing of schools.”

School closings and modernizations bring out the best and worst of politicians’ biases, and the mayor’s alma mater, Dunbar High School, stands as a perfect example.

Dunbar is only 35 years old but is slated for a $100 million remodel.

In need of a point guard: Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown blew the lead during last week’s point-by-point public hearing with schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson regarding the outrageous Healthy Schools Act that Mr. Brown, Mr. Gray and other lawmakers passed unanimously two years ago.

Ms. Henderson lobbed her game winner in Mr. Brown’s face when she said the healthy schools mandate meant purchasing more costly “organic yogurt” for school children instead of Dannon.

Mr. Brown blew the game by failing to ask Ms. Henderson a pointed question: Were the children actually eating the regular Dannon, and are they now actually eating the higher-priced organic?

Three cheers: Friendship Public Charter Schools spent the better part of Saturday evening honoring the accomplishments of its students and teachers at its annual Teacher of the Year gala at the J.W. Marriott.

The event highlighted teachers in their classrooms engaging and encouraging their charges, including special-education students who many would rather turn their backs to.

Friendship Charters, thanks to the hard work and keen vision of founder and Chairman Donald L. Hense, is the city’s first charter to open multiple grade levels on multiple campuses, offer the first before- and after-school programs, and the first to offer Saturday schooling.

And while each of its schools picked a teacher of the year, Daniel Moses of Friendship Collegiate spoke truth to power after winning top honors.

He said while all children want to learn and deserve an uncompromising learning environment, the key is a loving and passionate teacher.

Three words said it all: “I love kids.”

Three cheers to Friendship for hiring Mr. Moses.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at