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A Question of Principals?

Post reporter Bill Turque gets inside the story of School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's firing of Oyster-Adams Principal Marta Guzman.

The school just happens to be the place where Rhee's children attend, as well as the son of Victor Reinoso, the deputy mayor for education.

Oyster's dual-immersion program, where native English and Spanish-speaking children learn side by side, has long been top-rated in the city with its high test scores and national Blue Ribbon for academic achievement. But that didn't protect Guzman from being let go after, apparently, a group of parents complained that she allegedly is not well organized and has a sometimes-brusque style.

Guzman is one of at least two dozen principals whose contracts for the 2008-09 school year were not renewed. Rhee has said she can't comment on the personnel matter.

Some parents are reportedly stunned by the move. Others add, that just like so much in this city, issues of race and class are threads running through the issues over Guzman and general life at the school.

If you're an Oyster-Adams parent, teacher, or staff member, we want to hear from you in our comment section.

By Marcia Davis  |  May 9, 2008; 8:49 AM ET
Categories:  Education  
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It was 1984 when I was a student in Francis Scott key School in Arlington County. My teacher was Marta Guzman. It was difficult getting situated in this country with the English language. Guzman's teaching method and caring manner by treating children as if they were here own certainly worked for many of her students. Her students have grown up now and become part of this society. As naturalized citizens we perform our civic duties. The English language is key to succeed in this society. Guzman instilled in us this language and taught us how to speak it well. Today, I have a Masters degree education and I truly feel like I have succeeded, but it makes me sad to learn that Guzman has been deprived of her gift to lead and teach children to succeed.

Posted by: walter | May 11, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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