Evans introduces Hardy measure in D.C. Council

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Councilmember Jack Evans talks about Hardy Middle School with Fox5's Karen Gray Houston
Councilmember Jack Evans talks about Hardy Middle School with Fox5's Karen Gray Houston

D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans introduced legislation today to reinstate popular Hardy Middle School principal Patrick Pope, who was ousted from Hardy by administrators over a year ago. "Parents are upset, the community is very upset," Evans said. "Micromanaging is not a good idea, but it's been a year and a half. It is important and necessary for the Council to step into the void."

Hardy Middle School parents at the D.C. Council, where Jack Evans introduced legislation to reinstate Patrick Pope as principal (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Hardy Middle School parents at the D.C. Council, where Jack Evans introduced legislation to reinstate Patrick Pope as principal

Prior to the removal of Pope, Hardy was one of the city's top-performing schools. But since Pope's departure, the school has been wracked by disciplinary and scheduling problems. A renowned annual holiday concert did not take place for the first time ever in December.

"This is an atrocity," said Ward 8 parent Kenede Herbert of Pope's removal and the ensuing chaos. "I support Mr. Evans 100 percent, and I commend him." Councilmembers Michael Brown and Harry Thomas, Jr. joined Evans in co-sponsoring the bill.

Georgetown ANC Commissioners Bill Starrels and Ed Solomon reiterated their support for reinstating Principal Pope at their monthly meeting Monday.

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Anonymous

Great News.

Now if only Gray will step up. The parents at Hardy should file a lawsuit for the unnecessary interruption of their children education.

Anonymous

Gray did not step up.

A lawsuit is coming, subpoenas will be served.

JB

This makes me so nervous. If the Council gets to decide who is principal at a school in response to parent reaction...what next? Who is teacher? Who is coach? Who is principal at the kid's school? I am sure Mr. Pope is great but there is another great pincipal out there...let Ms. Henderson find him or her.

Peter Rosenstein

If the parents of Hardy want to file a law suit they are fully able to do so. Micromanaging the school system from the Council is a terrible idea.

This sets a poor precedent if the Council passes this. While reinstating principal Pope may be good or bad, there are people at Hardy on both sides of this issue and I don't know the answer, I do know having the Council do it is wrong.

If this is passed it will clearly lead to every Council member being pushed to intervene in a school situation in their Ward when parents don't like what the Chancellor is doing. Council members need the backbone to say no. This is not the avenue to move forward with this.

That is how our school system went down hill in the past. I am sure there are good intentions on Mr. Evans part but it clearly is a bad idea.

Anonymous

Is it true that Evans caught Kaya in the BIG FAT LIE THAT POPE HATERS use as the reason why Pope should not return to Hardy. See comment below from WP blog. Do we have another LIAR IN THE HOUSE.

From WP blog comments

At that meeting, Henderson told Evans that the reason she would not allow Pope back to Hardy was that he prevented Georgetown kids from attending the school. He told her that he was not aware of a single Georgetown constituent that has been denied admission, and asked Henderson to name one. She had no answer, at which time he told her she was not telling the truth, but probably not in those exact words. He is also aware, as is most of the City Council and the mayor, of significant deception on the part of DCPS (including Rhee and Henderson) with regard to Hardy and principal Pope. If Pope was guilty of the same behavior he would have been fired for cause long ago.

anonymous

I am completely befuddled as to why Chan. Henderson allows this situation to go on like this. Incidentally, since the situation is so serious for the community, has Mrs. Henderson ever shown up for any of the meetings that we have read about in The Dish?

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