The Same Story in D.C.
Here we go again: The D.C. school system starts the new year with high hopes, and in just a few weeks questions are raised about suspicious erasures on standardized test scores, and, now, there are budget problems that may force teacher layoffs.
Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says the city’s financial troubles will force her to cut as much as $40 million in spending by the end of October.
My colleague Bill Turque also reported that Rhee said that she did not expect any disruptions to major academic programs or course offerings--but that some teachers will lose their jobs and some classes will get bigger.
Teachers leaving while school is in session sounds like something of a a disruption to the students, but never mind.
The budget cuts may turn out to be less than $40 million--but the exact number is beside the point. The city has been dealing with financial troubles for much of this year. So who in the city government could have and should have foreseen this financial situation in time to stop principals from filling teacher vacancies this past summer and making other decisions that may now have to be reversed?
Rhee? Mayor Adrian Fenty? Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso? D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray? Any of them? All of them?
Maybe somebody out there can tell me.
| September 17, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
Categories: D.C. Schools | Tags: chancellor michelle a. rhee, d.c. schools, mayor adrian fenty
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