WASHINGTON – The D.C. Public Schools are firing 241 teachers and warning more than 700 other employees that they could be fired in the next year if their performance doesn't improve.
The firings announced Friday total 302 school system employees, including the 241 teachers. They come largely as a result of the first year of a new teacher evaluation system, though 76 teachers were fired for problems with their licenses.
The evaluation is based largely on five classroom observations of teachers and their students' standardized test scores. Those found "ineffective" on a four-tier system were fired.
Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker says the union will challenge the firings for performance.
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DC is one of the nations most troubled school district. The city should hold the parents accountable for attendance, homework, participation and the teachers accountable for instruction.
Ms. Rhee(DC Chancellor) said Friday she took over a system in 2007 where 95% of teachers were rated excellent and none terminated for poor performance. Yet, students posted dismal test scores. "The move today simply brings things into alignment," she said.
~Sounds like the district did what they thought was right to make the schools a better for the children.... Maybe we should take the "wait and see", "give her a chance" and see what happens to the schools in the future. Obviously what WAS going on previously was NOT working.... And we know from history, throwing money at the problem doesn't help either. The money ends up more often in the hands of bureaucrats and administrators more so than the kids.
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