Sunday, March 09, 2008

Rhee fires 98

DC Public School Chancellor has exercised the powers granted to her by the DC Council by firing 98 DCPS employees.
Schools spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said 98 administrative employees were to be given separation notices yesterday. Another 18 had already declined reappointment to their positions without tenure, meaning a total of 116 employees have been dismissed so far by the chancellor.

Miss Hobson said none of the dismissed employees provided direct services to students and that all were administrative workers. She said the firings were handed down as the chancellor continues "to assess the size and composition of the administrative work force."

"The terminations are intended to allow DCPS to discharge its administrative functions efficiently with the appropriate number of people to address performance concerns," Miss Hobson said.

Miss Hobson said 393 of 726 central office employees are affected by the personnel legislation.

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