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Michelle Rhee’s Legacy Continues To Unravel

The Post reports that 75 teachers fired by former Chancellor of Schools Michelle Rhee may be reinstated, and given $7.5 million in back pay.

The District's Public Employees Relations Board upheld a February decision by an arbitrator. Apparently, "the dismissals were improper because the teachers, who were in their two-year probationary period, were not told why they were let go. He called it the 'glaring and fatal flaw' in Rhee’s action."

Rhee's acolytes, no doubt, will say that it is another case of a bureaucratic system more geared to protecting employees than to serving kids. But it's also another indication that speed—the watchword of the Rhee era, and a key part of her legacy—leads to carelessness, which in turn leads to massive setbacks like this one.

How hard would it have been to just write a letter explaining why the employees were being canned? Aside from being the decent thing to do, it would have been prudent, too.

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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  1. #1

    , "the dismissals were improper because the teachers, who were in their two-year probationary period, were not told why they were let go.

    Isn't the solution here to tell them, "This is why you were let go... this is your back pay for the time it took me to tell you why" ? Why should they be re-instated?

  2. Cap City Records Panhandler
    #2

    Rhee got out of town in the nick of time.

  3. #3

    THAT FLAT ASS, FAKE ASS, KNOW NOTHING BAMMA ASS BITCH SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR STEALING THAT OVER THE TOP SALARY.

    FOLKS LIKE Drez AND OTHER WHITE COMMENTERS ON THIS HERE SITE APPLAUDED HER WHEN IN FACT THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANING HER AND HER RECKLESS WAY OF CONDUCTING BIZNASS IN AN ALREADY DAMAGED SYSTEM!

  4. #4

    Noodlez, you are on point. She fired people to create a reputation for herself that DC will pay for dearly. Things in DCPS do have to change but not through her antics. The more she runs her mouth, the better.

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