My take on what a Fenty loss likely means for schools in DC and for school reform nationally is my column this week at Time. Punchline: Instability in DC, politics nationally, talent drain, and not a great day for reformers if she goes. But there is more via the link above.
Over at TNR Seyward Darby’s take is well-worth checking out, too. I’d argue, however, that the next contract negotiation is less the issue than all the behind the scenes formal and informal changes that can make the contractual provisions irrelevant in the meantime. But she gets into the charter issue some in a way I haven’t seen elsewhere — all that new money Mayor-elect Gray promised may well come with some strings charters don’t like so much.