Chancellor Potty Mouth’s union busting

Rhee’s ‘Plan B’ Targets Teacher Quality

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is preparing to bypass the Washington Teachers’ Union in pursuit of the objective she considers essential to overhauling the District’s public schools: the power to fire at will teachers she deems ineffective.

What she calls “Plan B” involves a more aggressive use of powers she already has and that are not subject to contract negotiations with the union. These could include strengthening the existing system of annual personnel evaluations that spell out procedures for terminating teachers.

Rhee is also positioned to benefit from a potentially groundbreaking revision that has unfolded largely outside public view during contract talks. It would make the District school system one of the few in the country to link the licensing of teachers to their classroom performance, rather than their academic credentials.

It speaks very poorly of us that we permitted this wretched woman to pervert our public schools into a Republic of Fear. Given that the principals and teachers who lost their jobs included so of the highest rated, there is real question whether she knows quality when she sees it. And none of her amen chorus seem to notice that she has zero support among parents.

I will be interested to see what happens in tomorrow’s Democratic primary. Will we have a city council with the will to hold Chancellor Potty Mouth accountable?

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3 Responses to “Chancellor Potty Mouth’s union busting”


  1. 1 William Amsden September 9, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I would argue that YOU are the fear mongers. Why should children in DC be required to attend a substandard school district so that the chancellor be condemned on racial grounds? (she is a successful Asian so she does not understand our underachieving kids?) OK, lets keep your kids out of the ivy league. Maybe through affirmative action they can get into some state college in Idaho or North Dakota, which probably have remedial reading programs for kids whose parents did not care, since you obviously don’t care whether your kids learn anything. Your kids are in trouble. WAKE UP and accept leadership from whoever is willing to be a champion for your kids’ rights. If you can’t do that then give up your kids for adoption to someone who is willing to put their interests first, regardless of race.

  2. 2 dcblogger September 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    If she is so wonderful, why don’t the parents support her? The absence of student and parent support should tell us something about what is really happening.

  3. 3 Fred September 10, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Mark my words. The criteria for non-renewal of credentials will be salary, not teacher quality. You are going to see people at the high end of the salary scale (15-30 years experience) mostly being the ones getting the boot. No matter how terrific and effective they are, they will make up the vast majority of those deemed “unfit” for credential renewal.

    At the same time, you will see very few of the those with 5 years or less getting their credential renewed. Michelle Rhee is a trojan horse/executrix for rich people who don’t care about the education of poor people, and she is executing their plan to spend as little as possible on the education of poor people. The sickeing irony of all this is that she is claiming falsely that she is doing this for the benefit of inner city kids’ education.

    Once this crap goes into effect, principals are going to be pressured to cut the “salary” line item in their budget as much as possible. At this point, they will… surprise, surprise… somehow observe, interpret, and find that so many of the “unfit” teachers are long-time veterans (i.e. the high end of the salary scale), and since they’ve been at it so long, it’s useless to try and get them to remedy their deficiencies… so out you go!

    At the same time, the principals will look at the those lowest-paid newcomers—no matter how bad their job performance and how ineffective—is and say… well, we need to renew them because… they need a chance to see if they can improve themselves.

    Wow, most of the high-end-salaried teachers get canned, and most of the low-end-salaried teachers get to stay… wow, what a coincidence that cutting millions of dollars from education budget will also greatly improve the education of inner-city kids. Wow, it’s a double win.

    Of course, when the D.C. district goes the way of such privatizing fiascos such as the Edison Schools, and the inner city kids’ performances do not improve, or even go down, it will be too late. Rich folks and big business, however, will be console themselves with the billions they get to keep in their bank accounts.


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