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98 Fired, 11 Rehired

Remember those 98 fired DCPS workers? Remember how Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee told the D.C. Council, when she sought its approval to reclassify hundreds of civil service jobs to at-will positions, that they were a financial drain on the city? Remember, according to her, how they were part of a culture of incompetency at the central office?

Well, 24 of the 40 people fired from the information technology department were offered jobs by the city's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), which has been running the school system's technology office since the fall. And 11 have been rehired. "Eleven of the 24 people were hired from DCPS and they will be performing various functions," said Ayanna Smith, spokeswoman for OCTO.

Because the city is on a higher pay grade than the school system, the fired workers were offered pay increases ranging from $10,000 to $30,000, according to the former worker.

"What may be a net savings to D.C. schools won't be a savings to the D.C. government," the former school system worker said. "The schools may say it may not come out of my budget, but it comes out of somebody's budget in the end."

Greg Barlow, who headed the school system's technology department for two years before departing for Anne Arundel County schools in September, said he's not surprised about the job offers. "They are a good bunch of folks," Barlow said.

V. Dion Haynes

By Dion Haynes  |  March 24, 2008; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Dion Haynes , Education  
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