Rhee’s disingenuous testimony

Council members accuse Rhee of breaking law in teacher showdown

“I was unwilling to make that cut [to summer school], and I decided that as unfortunate as it was, I’d rather see [cuts] happen to adults than to children,” Rhee said.

When you fire the schools only third grade teacher, you hurt third graders. When you fire the High Schools only chemistry teacher, you hurt children who want to study chemistry. When you fire the schools only French teacher, you hurt children who want to study French. I cannot understand how anyone continues to defend this train wreck.

Unlike some, I no longer think that this is merely about union busting, although certainly Fenty wants to bust all the public employee unions. I am increasingly convinced that this is massive resistance under color of reform. Rhee and Fenty are deliberately creating so much chaos in DC public schools that parents will be forced to send their children to charter schools or private schools. To Rhee and Fenty chaos is a feature, not a bug.

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