Sunday, November 06, 2011

Why are effective teachers still losing jobs in D.C. schools?

(Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST) - Former school counselor Jacqueline Sutton is among more than 140 educators who’ve lost their jobs in the D.C. school system despite being deemed effective or even highly effective at their jobs.

Some educators earning "effective" or "highly effective" ratings under the IMPACT evaluation system in Washington, D.C., schools are losing their jobs through the practice of "excessing." The approach is meant to offset budget cuts, rising salaries and enrollment declines, or in cases where there is less demand for specialized positions. "The question is not solely about effectiveness," schools chancellor Kaya Henderson said. "If we don’t have specific programs, even for effective teachers, should we employ people we don't have an express need for?" The Washington Post

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