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Private funders of the D.C. Public Schools teacher contracts reserve to reconsider their funding if DCPS leadership changes. Whether D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will stay in her post after the mayoral race has become a political issue.
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Private funders of the D.C. Public Schools teacher contracts reserve to reconsider their funding if DCPS leadership changes. Whether D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee will stay in her post after the mayoral race has become a political issue.

By Rebecca Blatt

New information about private grants for the tentative D.C. Public Schools teacher's contract reveals that a change in DCPS leadership could put the funding in jeopardy.

Private foundations have pledged more than $63 million to fund raises and bonuses for teachers under the tentative labor agreement.

In grant approval letters, the foundations reserve the right to reconsider their funding if the District fails to meet anticipated achievement and teacher retention --- or if there is a "material change in DCPS leadership."

DCPS leadership has been an issue in the D.C. mayor's race. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray has not said whether he would keep Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee if elected.

But Cate Swinburn, the President of the D.C. Public Education Fund, who serves as a liaison between DCPS and private foundations, says the conditions were not intended to be political.

She says the clauses are standard for foundation grants.

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