School Officials Deny Targeting Older Teachers
DC school officials flatly deny targeting teachers over 40 for placement in the so-called 90 day plan that puts instructors on notice to improve or face dismissal. In a statement issued after press time Thursday evening Dena Iverson, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, said the average age of teachers placed on 90 day status is "comparable" to the average age of the total teacher corps. Iverson did not specify that age, but it is believed to be in the mid-forties. Iverson also rejected assertions by the Washington Teachers Union that the District was obligated to supply the names of teacher placed on notice. "That information is highly personal and sensitive and we don't have the consent of the teachers to disclose their names to the union. She said if the teachers in question authorized DCPS to name them, then it would.
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