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Statement of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Criticizing Dr. Andrew Brimmer and the Financial Authority for Issuing a Unilateral Order in the Shook Case
February 12, 1998




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The issuance of a unilateral order intended to wrap up a case the control board has lost without even negotiating with the other side illustrates an arrogance and ineffectiveness of leadership that encourages further litigation, division within the city, and instability in the public schools. Dr. Brimmer and the control board once again have ignored the admonition of the D.C. Subcommittee always to have meaningful discussions with those with whom they inevitably must work.

Although more than a year has gone by, the control board has no plan for transferring authority to the elected School Board without disruption to the children, their families, and the schools by the year 2000. I call upon the Authority to immediately initiate discussions that will use the opportunity of the Shook case to begin a seamless transferal to the elected School Board, starting with responsible, incremental steps that assure no interruption of revitalization efforts. Although the elected School Board and its counsel in the Shook case have every reason to be frustrated and affronted by the way they have been ignored, I ask them to remain open to discussions that could lead to a sensible, negotiated resolution.

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