The office was created in 2007, when Fenty appointed Tonya Vidal Kinlow as the first Ombuds. Before the program was closed during a budget crisis in 2009, it employed three staff members and handled thousands of inquiries. The bill’s fiscal impact statement estimates the office would cost $340,000. If approved, the Ombudsman for Public Education could reopen on or after October 1, 2013. (Washington Post.)
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