Rheeform, all union busting, all the time

Former DC teacher Harold Cox is the definition of a dedicated teacher. A twenty-one year teaching veteran, Cox worked hard inside and outside the classroom, frequently staying late after class to work with students and lobbying DC City Council to address problems in the schools. So Cox was shocked when he was fired, without any explanation, at the beginning of the school year. Like hundreds of other summarily-dismissed teachers, aides and principals, Cox was forced to reapply for his position as part of DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Mayor Adrian Fenty’s controversial plan to fix the ailing DC public schools. But Cox now says that he thinks “Rhee was brought in to break the union” and that the “hiring process had little to do with guaranteeing teaching standards and everything to do with strong-arming teachers to make concessions union have fought off for years.” For example, when Cox re-applied for his job, he discovered that the principal of the school was insisting that teachers “sign an agreement which included extending teaching hours,” a clear violation of their union contract. When Cox refused to sign, he “was sent packing.”

Edit –
Rhee affects us all! Read how she wants to privatize the schools! We are on our way!

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1 Response to “Rheeform, all union busting, all the time”


  1. 1 tfteacher November 18, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Rhee is definitely trying to bust unions; that’s what the public wants. If we teachers don’t get up and make waves, we will lose. We are losing!

    Thanks for posting and for the link!


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