Rhee says that for now, Duke Ellington will stay on Reservoir Road

Ever since the Washington Post reported that D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s office did a cost analysis for moving the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Rhee has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from furious parents. Now she’s moving quickly to temper their anger, saying that the District has no immediate plans to move the school out of its Georgetown/Burleith location, although it would eventually like to move it into a new building.

The Washington Post is reporting that Rhee will meet with members of the school’s governing board today, too, to try to mollify their concerns. They had been unaware of the cost analysis report. Bill Turque writes “Michaele C. Christian, president of the school’s governing board, told Rhee in a letter Wednesday that she was ‘appalled’ by the possible move, which had been considered without consulting the school community. She called the Logan site ‘woefully inadequate’ and said the move ‘would eviscerate one of the most outstanding educational institutions in the District.'”

Fears that the school would be moved into a vacant school building near Union Station weren’t helped by Rhee’s recent overthrow of the popular principal of nearby Hardy Middle School.

So for now, the Georgetown and Burleith neighborhood get to keep a beacon of artistic achievement—and Georgetown students know for sure now that their big green drunk perch is safe and sound.

Photo from CitySifting

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