Guzman received a form letter from Rhee informing her that she was out of a job effective June 30, one of at least two dozen principals whose contracts for the 2008-09 school year were not renewed. Guzman said she was given no reason for her dismissal, either in the letter from Rhee or at a Monday meeting with Assistant Superintendent Francisco Millet.Well, it wouldn't be DC without a little race paranoia thrown in for good measure.
Rhee said through her spokeswoman, Mafara Hobson, and by e-mail that she could not comment on Guzman's situation because it was a personnel matter. Millet did not return a phone message. Guzman said that when she met with Rhee last month, the chancellor was noncommittal but did say she would "recuse herself" from any final decision about Guzman's tenure.
Guzman's departure has stunned many Oyster-Adams parents who wonder why, in a city filled with under-performing public schools, Rhee would sack a principal who has presided for the past five years over one of its few success stories. The move has also heightened ethnic and class tensions within the school's diverse community. Eduardo Barada, co-chairman of the Oyster-Adams Community Council, the school's PTA, said Guzman was toppled by a cadre of dissatisfied and largely affluent Anglo parents with the ear of a woman who was both a fellow parent and the chancellor.
"I believe there are some parents who want to control and dominate," he said. "They want to silence the Latinos there."
Friday, May 09, 2008
Principal of Rhee's children's school one of those given the hook
Oyster-Adams Principal Marta Guzman is one of the Principals who are not being offered a new contract come next school year. Why make's Guzman's impending unemployment so newsworthy? Oyster-Adams is where Chancellor Rhee's children attend school.