Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has used his line-item veto power to prevent the District Council from transferring oversight of the Public Schools Ombuds from his office to the State Board of Education. The Council has 30 days to override the veto with nine votes. (Washington Examiner.) Meanwhile, Interim DCPS Ombudsman Jeff Ross reports that his office continues to handle nearly 50 new cases a month. (March 2009 Report.)
Prior posts: DC Schools Appoint First Ombuds; DC Schools Ombuds Lasts Just 14 Months; Local Politics Threaten DC Schools Ombuds; Washington Post Conflates Ombuds Reporting Line With Neutrality.