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A new way to get rid of bad teachers



Rhee_pic Many school districts go through contortions to ease ineffective teachers out of their classrooms. Union negotiations almost always play a key role in the effort.

Washington, D.C., chancellor Michelle Rhee has had enough of that.

The take-charge schools leader has decided to bypass negotiations to impose her own new plan to show bad teachers the door, the Washington Post reports. Teachers would be evaluated, and those deemed poor would have 90 days to improve or leave.

"The goal and responsibility and moral imperative of this administration is to make sure that each child gets an excellent education," Rhee told the Post.

Not surprisingly, the teachers union has denounced her proposal. "You cannot fire your way to a successful school district. It will not happen," union president George Parker told the paper.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:58am]


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