Hundreds Of DC Teachers To Be Dismissed

Published July 23, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Public Schools are firing 241 teachers and warning more than 700 other employees that they could be fired in the next year if their performance doesn't improve.

The firings announced Friday total 302 school system employees, including the 241 teachers, and come largely as a result of the first year of a new teacher evaluation system.

Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker says the union will challenge the firings based on performance and criticized the evaluation system as flawed. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten also criticized schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, saying it appears she believes she can "hire and fire" her way to better schools.

Written by Associated Press

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