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D.C. teachers didn't bring their indoor voices to last night's three-hour union meeting at McKinley Technology High School.

A number of participants said the session, called to discuss Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's two-tier salary proposal, was plagued by shouting matches, interruptions and long, irrelevant speeches. As the meeting grinded on, a steady stream of teachers--in all about 700 showed up-- exited the school auditorium, frustrated with the lack of decorum.

"People were screaming so much you couldn't really hear what it was about," said one instructor who declined to give her name.

"Damn, was that terrible or what!? The screaming, the interruptions, the loud audience conversations--I've seen more decorum at high school football games," blogged D.C. Teacher Chic, a fifth-grade teacher in Southeast D.C. "I left shortly after 7:30, unable to take much more."

Among the comments were this one from "Kate:"

"In every single interaction I've had with DCPS teachers en masse (and I myself am one) I am always horrified by the rude, childish behavior I see. It's embarrassing."

Bill Turque

By Marcia Davis  |  September 24, 2008; 12:21 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
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