Virginia legislators fire shots in the first budget battle of the McDonnell era. Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich warms the engine for a rematch against Martin O’Malley. And an ethics probe threatens to melt a longtime politician’s standing on the D.C. Council. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


  • Tom Sherwood Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers
  • Michelle Rhee Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

Politics Hour Extra

DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee responds to questions about her statements earlier this month to Fast Company magazine about the district’s October 2009 layoff of 266 teachers and staff: “I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school,” Rhee told the magazine. Rhee claimed that the magazine chose to exclude her comments praising many of the teachers and staff who were let go and discussed her challenges in dealing with the media:

“We want every neighborhood school to be compelling to the families in that neighborhood,” said DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee of the recent controversy surrounding the future of Ward 2’s Hardy Middle School. She noted that there had been criticisms that Hardy was more of a “magnet school” than a “neighborhood school,” but said that its large population of “out-of-boundary” students would have the right to continue to go there:

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