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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

D.C. Black Population Votes “NO” to Attacks on Public Education

Oct 25, 2010

Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty lost overwhelmingly in the Democratic primary to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. It was a judgment on Fenty–voters wanted Fenty and Michelle Rhee gone.

In 2007, Mayor Fenty appointed Michelle Rhee as D.C. Public Schools chancellor. Rhee, hired under the guise of fixing DCPS, has overseen the firing of more than 400 teachers which led to protests by students and teachers. She closed a number of D.C. schools without holding public hearings. And she spearheaded the charter school movement which steals money from public schools to give to private companies that run charter schools.

Fenty was overwhelmingly defeated in largely black districts–that is the districts where children go to the public schools. In wards 7 and 8, for example, his opponent, Gray, won 82% of the vote. In Northwest Washington, where white, wealthy voters predominate and most of their children go to private schools, Fenty won 76% of the vote. The anti-Fenty vote was fueled by angry parents of children in the public schools.

The media attributed Fenty’s loss to the power of the teachers’ union, implying that black people cannot think for themselves and make their own choices.

In fact, black parents can think for themselves very well–and that’s why–despite all the propaganda carried out by the media, by Fenty, by Rhee and by the Obama Education Department–black parents turned thumbs down on a school “reform” attacking their children.