Shaping Up the DC School System – Rhee Fires 241 Teachers For Poor Performance

Sans commuting a major felony, this has to be the first time the city of DC has actually fired a teacher.

One of the huge problems the system has had to overcome has been an inability or unwillingness to get rid of bad teachers.

This still doesn’t fix the parent problem, or the kid problem…

But it is a step in the right direction.

Since this article came out the number of dismissed teachers has apparently risen to 241.

Now if they would do this on Wall Street, Congress, and the Boardrooms of America…

We could be on to something.

Rhee fires 226 D.C. teachers

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced Friday that she has fired 226 teachers who received poor appraisals under a new evaluation system that, for the first time, holds some educators accountable for student growth on standardized test scores.

“Every child in a District of Columbia public school has a right to a highly effective teacher — in every classroom, of every school, of every neighborhood, of every ward, in this City,” Rhee said in a statement. “That is our commitment. Today, with the release of the first year of results from IMPACT, the educator assessment system, we take another step toward making that commitment a reality.”

The Washington Teachers’ Union said it will contest the firings.

The dismissals represent the second game-changing development this year in Rhee’s efforts to assert more control over how D.C. teachers are managed, compensated and removed from their jobs. It also places the public school system at the head of a national movement — fostered in part by the Obama administration’s $3.4 billion “Race to the Top” grant competition — to more rigorously assess teacher effectiveness.

Last month, union members and the D.C. Council approved a new contract that raises educators’ salaries by 21.6 percent but diminishes traditional seniority protections in favor of personnel decisions based on results in the classroom. The pact also provides for a “performance pay” system with bonuses of $20,000 to $30,000 annually for teachers who meet certain benchmarks, including growth in test scores.

The evaluation, known as IMPACT, is the major instrument officials will use each year to determine teacher effectiveness.

In addition to the 226 dismissals, which become official Aug. 13, another 737 teachers were rated “minimally effective,” and will be given one year to improve their performance or also face dismissal. Rhee said Friday that job actions were “a more accurate reflection” of the quality of the 4,000-member teacher corps than has been available in the past.

“This is a school district that has had a lot of problems with student achievement,” she said.

Rhee declined to speculate on how many of the 737 might face dismissal after next year. But she said that over the next two years “a not insignificant number of folks will be moved out of the system for poor performance.”

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One Response

  1. A lot of people think the problem are the teachers. Wrong! The problem with teacher’s in the inner-city is they are burnt out. Hell, they have to teach over thirty-plus students in-which; If i could make a law: the teacher to student ratio would be 1:14.

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