DC Council has a new chairman

At-Large Councilman Phil Mendelson (D) was voted by his colleagues to serve as Interm Chairman of the District’s city council. Mendelson will serve as chairman until a special election is held Nov. 6.

Barry lectures on ethics during chaotic Council session

The D.C. Council is in such disarray that Marion Barry — convicted of drug and tax offenses — is lecturing his colleagues on ethics. “We are the laughingstock of the nation,” Barry said Wednesday.

DC residents to assign agencies grades online

District residents are now able to submit instant feedback about their experiences at D.C. agencies, data that the city will use to assign offices and departments real-time grades for customer service.

Henderson declines to name programs discontinued

Two months after announcing her $10 million “Proving What’s Possible” grant competition to spur innovation in D.C. schools, Chancellor Kaya Henderson still won’t say which programs and “interventions” were scrapped to finance half of the initiative. The reason? Naming the unsuccessful programs might damage their reputations in other cities.

Chicago teachers vote to strike if talks break down
Nearly 90% of Chicago teachers voted last week to support a strike if contract talks fail to show progress, easily surpassing the 75% needed for strike authorization. District leaders have criticized the teachers union for seeking the strike vote while the independent mediator is still reviewing what are, in some instances, widely disparate proposals. Others say the vote reflects the badly strained relationship between the teachers union and school officials. The independent mediator is expected to make his recommendations on some of the contested issues on July 16.

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