D.C. Council Adds Education Hearing
Breaking news from the John Wilson Building this morning: Council Chairman Vince Gray has added a seventh public hearing on Mayor Fenty's school takeover legislation. It will be Feb. 20 at 1 p.m., and open to the general public.
Today, school system officials and education experts are testifying in the second hearing, a week after Fenty led off the opening hearing by defending his 48-page plan. Before today's hearing began, Gray announced that 80 people already have signed up for the Feb. 7 hearing open to the public; he said no more may testify that day and added the seventh hearing.
In addition to these hearings, students and dropouts may testify Feb. 10; the council will hear testimony about Fenty's proposal to create a new school construction authority on Feb. 13; and Fenty will testify again Feb. 27.