Monday, March 06, 2006

Janey: 'They just look you in the face and lie'

Lying is a way of life among neighboring public school officials, where a new superintendent is trying to repair a system that won't let itself be fixed.

District of Columbia public schools dropped countless surprises on ever-cheerful Superintendent Clifford Janey, but the worst, he tells Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post, is the systematic lying by public school officials.

What surprised him most upon his arrival as superintendent last year? Janey says, "The way lying has reached an art form. They lie effortlessly. They just look at you in the face and lie. I've come to accept that as standard."