By firing the 750 educators, she said, the school system now is in compliance with the law. Rhee's spokeswoman said the firings are not expected to disrupt the upcoming school year because none of the educators were assigned to classrooms since they were not expected to make the deadline.
"We have thousands of highly qualified, dedicated teachers and paraprofessionals serving DCPS students everyday," Rhee said in a statement. "Unfortunately, complying with federal law is not optional and we thank those DCPS employees who have worked diligently to meet the requirements."
The teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree in the subject they teach and to pass a test demonstrating their knowledge in that area. Teacher's aides are required to have a high school diploma or associate's degree, and pass an exam.
Leaders from the teachers and teacher's aides unions said they were opposed to the firings. "There are some very good teachers who are included in this group, and students are going to be without their services," said George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers' Union.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
250 DCPS teachers may get the heave-ho
"The Hammer" strikes again. This time 250 teachers and 500 assistants who not have the proper certification in place by June 30th will be fired.