City Screw-ups and Senate Hold-ups

by Dax-Devlon Ross

Just two days after the House of Representatives green-lighted legislation that will allow D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty to takeover the school system, Fenty’s administration was forced to apologize for submitting verbatim copies of a North Carolina school district’s strategic plan. It was reported that all of the links within the document went straight to Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school system’s online documents. How exactly this oversight managed to go overlooked (for several months in fact) remains to be seen, but the city’s deputy mayor for education, Vincent Reinoso, has taken responsibility. Imbedded within the Washington Post story, however, was an even more interesting developing story.  

…Fenty’s bid to reduce the power of the Board of Education and take direct control of the troubled 55,000-student school system faced another hurdle when an anonymous U.S. senator placed a “hold” on the takeover legislation Tuesday. It is not clear why the senator blocked the bill or how long the hold will last. The council approved Fenty’s plan last month, and the House of Representatives ratified it this week.

I tried to find out more about this anonymous senator’s “hold” but didn’t find anything on the web. My immediate thoughts back-tracked to the protest on the Capitol two weeks ago. Congress has been notoriously high handed with Washington, D.C. for years, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if a Bush sympathizer or Constitutional fascist was using the school takeover vote as a way to put Fenty in his place. One thing that is certain is that this latest imbroglio doesn’t help the District’s case. It makes the city look incompetent at a moment when it is trying to win the support of the nation in it quests for Congressional representation.