Time to hold Michelle Rhee accountable

The Georgetown Voice

With such a large incoming pool, it’s hard to understand why Rhee fired 226 teachers suddenly in October, instead of simply hiring fewer new teachers over the summer. Days after the 2008-2009 school year ended, approximately 250 teachers were fired for failing to improve after being given a six month probation period, or for not obtaining their necessary licensing. Rhee should have waited for the school year to end before making cuts, as she did in the past.

There is no excuse for waiting until midway through the semester to enact these cuts, even if they were necessary. A job loss may be a rough setback for a professional, but having a teacher and role model yanked out of the classroom unexpectedly can be devastating. The ensuing class mergings and schedule changes have also disrupted teaching and learning.

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