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D.C. Public Schools honchos just put out a press release touting that “Hundreds Gather to Testify at DCPS Community Meetings.” Just how many? Well, “more than 411” is what they say, which means that an average of (“more than”) 17.9 people showed up at each meeting.
At the meeting I went to, at LaSalle Elementary in Riggs Park, about 25 people showed. Only about a half-dozen chose to speak, however, and the meeting was over within 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, at the “People’s Meeting” at the John A. Wilson Building, organizers—-who called for a boycott of the official DCPS meetings—-touted a crowd around 200.
Possible spin for Chancellor Michelle Rhee: DCPS succeeded in keeping the meetings intimate!