Thursday, October 02, 2008

Plan B it is...

Unable to reach an agreement with the WTU in what they feel was a reasonable amount of time DCPS will move ahead with "Plan B" and leverage existing power to begin removing teachers that the school district considers "bad educators."
"The bottom line is, we have been negotiating in good faith for a very long time and at this point, we have not been able to come to an agreement with the Washington Teachers' Union, said Rhee Thursday.

"In my opinion the kids can no longer wait," added Rhee. "We have to be to able to move forward aggressively with making sure we have high teacher quality in every single classroom."

Rhee's plan will eliminate tenure and seniority rights for teachers, which guaranteed jobs for life.

The teachers' union said it would fight the matter, in court if necessary.

"It appears as though the chancellor's not focusing on resources, but is focusing on just 'fire the teacher and that will solve the problem' and that's unfortunate," said George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers' Union.

Rhee and Fenty acknowledge that the plan will result in more terminations, arguing that teachers need to be held accountable for their performance. They also want to attract high-quality teachers from outside of D.C.
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