Friday, July 04, 2008

Rhee to Fire 250 Teachers Who Missed Certification Date

After the news yesterday on Chancellor Rhee "wanting to shake up teacher contracts", here's another from The WaPo that she is to fire 250 teachers who missed certification...

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced yesterday that she plans to fire 250 teachers and 500 teacher's aides who were unable to meet a June 30 deadline to obtain certification. Leaders from the teachers and teacher's aides unions said they were opposed to the firings. "There are some very good teachers who are included in this group, and students are going to be without their services," said George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers' Union.

The school system will send termination letters to the 750 educators beginning Monday, schools spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway said. The Washington Post

I want to know how this colleague of mine is doing right now: SGain-Math Teacher. He is a DC Teaching Fellow wrapping up his thrid year. In his blog entry dated June 19, 2008 he relates his frustration:

"I believe I will have completed all the requirements for my license by August. But I don't know whether I'm on a termination list, or whether DCPS will wait for me to get my license in August. This week I talked with someone at AU who emailed someone in the licensure office. So far no response. "

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