Sunday, March 09, 2008

More on DCPS firings

According to an interview given to news station WTOP DCPS Chancellor Rhee says those 100 DCPS employees fired may just be the beginning.
More than 100 school employees have been fired in the District, and D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee tells WTOP Radio they may not be the last workers to lose their jobs.

"We'll do whatever we need to do make sure that ultimately the central office is as streamlined and lean as possible. The goal of this is to make sure that we are pushing as much money down to the schools as possible."

D.C. Protective Services Police were called to school headquarters after 98 school employees were fired on Friday. The police service was there to maintain order and to escort the fired employees from the building.
In other news, reactions to the firings by the DC council and those who lost their jobs appear to be not so good.
Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he had not been contacted by any of the fired employees, but he said he was concerned about whether Rhee properly used the evaluations to determine who should be terminated. Gray said he asked Rhee for a list of the fired employees, which she declined to provide because her office is waiting until all of those employees have received their letters of termination.

The chairman said he is also going to request their evaluations. "What do the evaluations look like?" he asked. "I want to see."

Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) said she needed to know which positions were cut. "Who is doing their job now? How is the job getting done?" she asked.
Some of those fired are apparently lawyering up. This is going to be an interesting story going forward.

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