Saturday, December 08, 2007

Group Protests Proposed Firings, Closings

Nathan Saunders, general vice president of the Washington Teachers' Union, speaks at the rally.

A small group of D.C. parents, teachers and residents rallied outside the John A. Wilson Building yesterday to protest city education policies, saying Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are not seeking advice from the public in their plans to close schools and fire administrative employees.

In the first demonstration since the mayor took over the schools June 12, about two dozen people waved placards with slogans such as "We shall not be moved!" The group included parents and teachers from Bunker Hill, John Burroughs and West elementary schools and from Cardozo High School.

"We don't really understand how this process is going to work," said Candi Pearson, a school social worker who helped organize the rally. Pearson said she represents school psychologists, therapists and other service providers. The Washington Post

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