Michelle Rhee owes us an explanation

Parents, students fight for assistant principal’s job

Parents, faculty and students gathered in the Banneker Academic High School teacher’s cafeteria on June 19 seethed with anger. Their popular assistant principal Bevadine Z. Terrell had been terminated – a casualty of DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s aggressive effort to reform District public schools. This was the woman who had pictures of her students and her accomplishment on her desks. She had papers for scholarships, programs, and contests scattered across a table. She knew every student by his or her name and got things done without question.

But Terrell had become one of 48 D.C. schools assistant principals whose contracts were not renewed this year. According to D.C. law, principals and assistant principals serve on a year-to-year contract and can be terminated without cause. A source at the DCPS central office told The District Chronicles that they would not comment on the non re-appointment of Dr. Terrell for “personnel reasons.”

This is the second time that she has fired a high preforming school principle, so clearly she doesn’t know good performance when she sees it.


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