(Washington Post) — When Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wanted to seize control of the District schools shortly after his 2007 inauguration, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray told him at a closed-door meeting that he needed to slow down.

It will get done, the new council chairman assured the new mayor, but not before “people had an opportunity to weigh in” at six hearings.

Gray (D) hoped that the council vote three months later in favor of mayoral control of the District schools would set the tone for a close “partnership” with Fenty (D), one in which the two branches of the District government worked closely on many of the mayor’s priorities.

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