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The top two rivals in the Democratic race for D.C. mayor are running full speed ahead on school reform as the summer heats up and the Sept. 14 primary draws nearer.
The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote June 29 on legislation that would tighten truancy requirements and quicken the pace at which child welfare and law enforcement authorities intervene on behalf of truant youths.
D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray was met with thunderous applause before a group of more than 150 Ward 3 political activists when he announced recently that he is considering challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in next year's Democratic primary.
D.C. advocates for school reform in all three city education sectors testified before a Senate committee chaired by Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, on Sept. 16 and 30.
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said yesterday employees are working around the clock to fix administrative backlogs and other problems before classes start Aug. 27.
The operative word for the District"s public school system and students during the upcoming school year predictably will be "freshman."
D.C. labor leaders representing public school employees yesterday agreed with schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's assessment that a bloated central administration has contributed to the school system's ongoing struggles.
Parents of D.C. schoolchildren yesterday said they were skeptical about whether Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's personal approach to fixing the city's long-troubled school system would be sustainable over time.
D.C. Council members yesterday unanimously approved Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nomination of Michelle A. Rhee as schools chancellor, pledging their full support for what some have deemed a nontraditional choice to reform the District's public schools.