City Desk

More Teachers Being Fired, Examiner Says

The Examiner's Leah Fabel has today's big scoop:

D.C. Public Schools are days away from informing a “sizable” number of teachers and school staff that they no longer have a job in the system because of “ineffective” performance, according to school officials.

The school officials are short on details and specifics, but said the exact number of teachers getting pink slips will be released before the end of next week, Fabel reports.

Poll question: Firing a bunch of teachers two months before an election—good or bad move?

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  • Rick Mangus

    GOOD!, Let's get rid of the DEAD WOOD!

  • SuperS stands for Super Slow

    Since most of those dummies live in MD any way, GOOD move!!!

  • Charlie

    If they are truly bad teachers then GOOD for the city. If GRAY wins getting rid of the bad teachers will be a fight he won't have to fight. This might be BAD for Fenty's re-election prospects. But maybe not.

  • Manor

    SuperS has it right, most DC teachers live in MD or VA, as indicated by the roster of WTU members. Non-union folks are probably contract and thus wouldn't be fired this way. Though in MD/VA, fired teachers have of course been raising an anti-Rhee / Fenty ruckus, though their effectiveness is indicated by the teachers contract passage with less than 10% of members voting against. In short, they're angry windbags with little political power in DC.

  • bright1

    Why is there always this constant whining and bitching about city employees living outside the city? I'm a veteran dc firfighter (born, raised and educated in DC). For the record a vast majority of dc f/f's would choose to live in the city, if they could afford to live where they wanted. I did live in the city when I was single. As with most people you go purchase a home where you will get the most for your money. Unfortunately most times that place is the suburbs of DC. Most police officers and f/f's in major cities don't live in them, unless there is a residency requirement. So DC city employees are no different that city employees anyhwere else. Stop the bitching.

    Joseph Bright
    Member DC Firefighters IAFF Local 36

  • downtown rez

    Mr Bright-
    Almost no one in this city can "afford to live where they want". Hell. I'd love that huge corner property for sale on Q st in Georgetown. Or even the tiny two bedroom around the corner from it. But that aint happening.
    Most of us who choose to live in this city prioritize doing so, and sacrifice to do it. Our love for and commitment to this city extends past our 9-5. We live that love. Even when we can't choose how big our house is, or what precise neighborhood we live in.
    If I may be so bold, Mr Bright, I believe that if more native DC residents who wished they could afford to live in DC actually did live in DC, than our areas with concentrated poverty would not look so much like hope up and walked out on them.
    Sorry to be so blunt.

  • DCDem

    Most city employees cannot afford to live in the city anymore. Gentrification has a way of increasing property values, and, I might add, a recession that forces mortgage foreclosures causes an explosion in demand for rental space, thus, outrageous rent. The citizens should only concern themselves about the quality of service, not where the city employee lays their head down at night.

  • John

    Uh...really? Can't afford to live in DC? Or can't afford to live in Adams Morgan, G-town, Logan, etc...

    Somehow I don't think folks are priced out of much of NE and SE.

  • noodlez

    AS A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN, CURRENT DC HOMEOWNER AND RESIDENT (IT PAINS ME TO STATE THIS) I TOTALLY AGREE WITH D-REZ.

    ALL YALL FAKE ASS DC GOVT EMPLOYEES RUNNING TO PGCO BUYING THOSE COOKIE CUTTER, PAPER THIN, PIECE OF SHIT HOUSES SO YOU CAN PARK A TAHOE W/RIMS OR A OVERPRICED USED BENZ IN THE DRIVE WAY. IT SHOULD BE A REQUIREMENT THAT IF YOU ARE A DC GOVT EMPLOYEE YOU SHOULD LIVE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    PGCO SHOULD BE RENAMED WARD 9.

    IF LIVE IN VA AND WORK FOR THE DC GOVT YOU NEED YOUR ASS SHOULD BE FIRED.

  • Korrupt

    I'd like to fire Michele Rhee or at least arrange for psychiatric treatment.

  • downtown rez

    The irony is that the places in DC that aren't on anyone's map are often the nicest and most familiy-friendly. Quiet sleepy streets, fair-sized yards, trees, short commutes, easy parking, low costs.
    And the schools, roads, and other city services are only getting better and better!
    With love,
    Drez.

  • http://na residenteach

    Stay focused people. It is easy for you to quibble over address trivia when in fact people are loosing their jobs.
    The test scores are fake, the evaluations are subjective and the people who are left to make the big decisions are still flying this plane while they are building it. Meanwhile this women is being given accolades for doing what was already in place by the previous administration, and she is still trying to figure out some things like how to really provide our students with a strong sampling of choices once they reach senior high. Thank goodness for charter schools.

  • Truth Hurts

    @residenteach: If you like what Williams "put in place", then logically you are supporting Fenty. After all, Williams just endorsed him.

  • Sir

    I still feel that there has to be another way.. why not about the improvement of the students understanding of the material and test standards.. We all know someone(s) who are not good at taking test.. and Who's to say that the day the kid takes the test they really feel like being there.
    I think these tests should be spread out.

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