Patrick Pope's move to arts magnet delayed

It looks as if plans for the middle school fine arts magnet--the one that Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee dispatched Hardy Middle School principal Patrick Pope to open in fall 2011--will be pushed back a year, reports Bill Turque of The Washington Post.

"The arts magnet was the stated reason that Rhee pulled Pope last year from Hardy, which has its own popular arts and music program. The move triggered huge pushback from parents who accused Rhee of meddling in an attempt to attract more neighborhood kids to the Georgetown school, which draws most of its enrollment from across the city. They regarded the whole arts magnet idea as a contrivance to ease the removal of Pope, who did not market the school to the surrounding neighborhood as aggressively as Rhee wanted.

...With the arts magnet apparently on a slower track, calls for [Pope's] reinstatement could intensify."

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