Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fenty, Rhee May Close 24 D.C. Schools by Summer 2010

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 28, 2007; 9:35 AM

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are considering closing 19 schools next summer and five others by summer 2010, according to a confidential document prepared by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education.

But to keep those schools operating through June, Fenty (D), in a separate letter to the D.C. Council, has requested $31.6 million. That money also would cover teaching positions slated to be eliminated later because of declining enrollment.

As for teaching staff, the mayor wrote that the system would save an estimated $2.9 million by cutting teachers, aides and assistant principals by next summer. The goal is to make sure that the teaching staff matches the anticipated enrollment, the mayor wrote. The Washington Post

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