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Good morning, and FAIL to the Redskins. This is what Michelle Obama said last night on 60 Minutes: “Both Barack and I believe that we can have an impact in the D.C. area…you know, in terms of making sure we’re contributing to the community that we immediately live in. That’s always been something that we try to do, whether its in our own neighborhoods, or in the schools that we’ve attended.”
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“Michelle Obama on 60 Minutes: ‘We Can Have an Impact in the D.C. Area’“; “Former Council Candidate Headed to Afghanistan“
FROM SUNDAY—-Bill Turque with big-time scoop: FOIA turns up draft press release discussing methods considered by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and DCPS Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to beat the Washington Teachers’ Union. Those include: “restoring the District’s power to create nonunionized charter schools and seeking federal legislation declaring the school system in a ‘state of emergency,’ a move that would eliminate the need to bargain with the [WTU]….If adopted, the measures would essentially allow the District to begin building a new school system.” WTU activist Candi Peterson reacts in DCWatch’s themail. React from bloggers Dee Does the District; Conservative Wahoo; A Place to Respond; Schools Matter; Eduflack; Technomancy for Fun and Profit; DarkStar Spouts Off; and DC Teacher Chic.
The American Prospect‘s Dana Goldstein also weighs in on the Obamas’ 60 Mins appearance.
Federal money heading to nonparental relatives raising children, Chris L. Jenkins reports in WaPo. “The law will provide states and the District with $3 billion over 10 years to give monthly stipends to families who take permanent custody of juvenile relatives. The custody process is often faster than adoption and allows children to stay in the home of a close relative while still receiving federal and state support.”
Though he doesn’t mention D.C. directly, WaPo’s Jay Mathews ponders the “growth model” for rating teachers and administrators, whereby the progress of individual students is measured rather than the aggregate of all students. The next step after adopting such amodel, of course, is using it to reward/punish teachers.
Big turnout on Nov. 4? Not really: Percentagewise, turnout was in line with historical averages across the region, though raw numbers were up due to higher registration levels. D.C. BOEE GC Kenneth McGhie to WaPo: “A lot of people were bracing for about 80 percent turnout, and it didn’t happen.”
Fire chief Dennis Rubin tells the council that he sees “remarkable progress” in his EMS department, Michael Neibauer reports in the Examiner. But the fire-vs.-EMS feuding continues, union chief Kenny Lyons says.
Jonetta: “If the national Republican Party has a cold, the local D.C. Republican Committee has pneumonia and is on life support….The D.C. GOP could greatly help its cause by persuading at-large Councilman David Catania to return to its ranks. [LL: Yeah, good luck with that.] It may also want to engage other young rising stars like Christina Culver and Mara. And, its executive director, Paul Craney, could pull himself from the computer, relinquishing e-mails as his weapons of choice to fully interact with the electorate. [LL: Ouch.]”
Harry Jaffe asks Eleanor Holmes Norton if she wants a cabinet post: “‘Absolutely not,’ she told me. Like Fenty, Norton loves her job, is dedicated to the city of her birth and does not see a Cabinet job as a move up….My calculations are that no locals are interested in working in an Obama administration. But if the president does call, all bets are off.”
Dude gets shot, drags himself for blocks to die in other dude’s backyard. From WaPo: “Thinking that the man was a crack-addicted homeless person who had fallen asleep just outside the door, [Jue Plummer], 20, asked his mother, “Where’s the baseball bat?” That’s when he noticed that the man’s eyes were rolled back and his leg was bleeding….the victim, an African American in his 20s, had been fatally shot several hours earlier in the 700 block of Atlantic Street and managed to drag himself several blocks to Plummer’s home, in the 500 block of Foxhall Place, before collapsing.” Also NC8 story;
Motl Brody, 12, dies Staurday at Children’s National Medical Center, ending a heated court battle over whether his parents had the right to keep him alive even though he was considered “brain dead.” Also AP story; WUSA-TV video.
WaPo covers Wednesday night crime meeting in Petworth…on Sunday.
CHECK YO’SELF: “D.C.-area police will be on the lookout this week for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who disregard traffic safety laws by speeding, darting into traffic, jaywalking or demonstrating any number of other potentially deadly lapses of judgment,” sez Examiner.
Pingpong crank Frank Winstead keeps up his anti-Tom Sherwood campaign, in themail: “I pointed out how he sat in a double parked car on Constitution Avenue reading a newspaper while his cameraman/driver collected news video of the DC Veterans Day rally….Sherwood criticized President-elect Obama for causing traffic problems in DC. I guess NBC fired the hypocrisy checkers along with the proofreaders and the copy editors, but they kept the self-important Sherwood.”
Blogger on Fenty and Rhee: “These two need to be stopped.”
BUT op-ed writer in the Daily Illini LOVES the no-tenure plan.
Cary Silverman not a fan of voting-right incrementalism: “I fear that achieving such a small step forward as a House vote may hurt momentum for true Home Rule and meaningful Congressional representation. Am I wrong?”
Jazz club, ale house, and Harris Teeter coming to Anacostia riverfront, Biz Journal reports.
Washington Continent ponders Tony Williams and race. Why now? Not clear.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-9 a.m.: Committee on Finance and Revenue meeting on Bill 17-70, Bill 17-657, Bill 17-730, Bill 17-809, Bill 17-855, Bill 17 859, PR 17-1034, PR 17-1041, JAWB 120.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-10:30 a.m.: remarks, press conference on car-lot closings, CitiMotors, 1050 Bladensburg Road NE; 3:15 p.m.: remarks, Yes! Organic ribbon cutting, 14th and W Streets NW; 7 p.m.: participant, Capitol View Civic Association meeting, Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, 25 53rd St. NE.