Saturday, October 13, 2007

D.C. Schools Chief Wants Power to Fire Ineffective Teachers

As D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty proposed legislation yesterday that would grant schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee the power to drastically revamp the system's central office, Rhee said she also wants more authority to fire underperforming teachers.

In a news conference at which Fenty announced the changes, Rhee said she has started negotiations with the Washington Teachers' Union and is looking to "reward and recognize" high-performing teachers while weeding out instructors who are not serving children well.

Union leaders said they will carefully examine the bill, although it would largely affect nonunion workers. "We are prepared to work to come up with a fair and efficient process," said Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO, "but we are not supporting a process that gives the chancellor carte blanche authority to fire individuals at will."

George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, played down Rhee's statements about teachers facing similar penalties as administration workers. He said the system has a 90-day process for getting rid of underperforming teachers, one of the shortest in the nation. "I don't know what authority she'd be seeking beyond that," he said. The Washington Post

1 comment:

teachertobe_sped10 said...

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Keep up the good work!

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