December 18, 2014

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Lame duck Washington, D.C., mayor may end up at Oberlin College

OBERLIN — In the years to come, students at Oberlin College could hear about how a massive overhaul of the education system in Washington, D.C., helped bring down a mayor.

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Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who was defeated for re-elec­tion this year, has been communicat­ing with Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov about the possibility of teaching at his alma mater, a college spokesman said.

Fenty, 39, earned a degree in English and economics at Oberlin College before obtaining a law degree from Howard University School of Law. College spokesman Scott Wargo said any appointment would have to be approved by the faculty commit­tee.

In an online story posted on Wash­ington Post’s D.C. Wire, Fenty said he is in talks with the college to teach political science.

Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, “Besides that it’s the greatest school?”

More seriously, Fenty told the newspaper it’s still premature to talk about his future, a month after his loss in the Democratic primary to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

“I’m literally exploring everything,” he said in an interview after he shared the stage at an appearance with Gray, schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and her interim replacement, Kaya Henderson.

Fenty’s primary loss was widely viewed as a referendum on Rhee, who was the driver of the education over­haul, but who was viewed as being divisive and mean-spirited, accord­ing to education historian Diane Rav­itch, a blogger for Education Week.

The Fenty administration also was criticized for inviting neighborhoods to provide input when plans for the reform already were finalized.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.