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Class Dismissed For Saunders

Nathan Saunders' forced march back to the classroom has ended. After a meeting yesterday with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, the WTU general vice president reported that he had been restored to full time union duties.

Saunders was dispatched to teach social studies at Eastern High School last month after deputy chancellor Kaya Henderson said she discovered that his leave of absence had never been properly renewed. Paperwork subsequently unearthed by Saunders showed that union president George Parker, who has warred with Saunders for years, happened to exclude him when working out changes in leave procedures last year.

Rhee, who has enough issues with the WTU, seemed to want no part of this internecine drama. Saunders said the paperwork restoring his leave was waiting for him when he arrived at her office. He added that they had a "productive" meeting on other issues, including the importance of keeping union members up to speed on policy changes, and agreed to stay in touch.

"We agreed to continue to talk about other issues," he said.
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By Kathryn Tolbert  |  May 7, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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How embarrassing...for Kaya Henderson.

Posted by: kelly5612 | May 7, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Where are all the Rhee bashers now that she corrected a bad situation? CandyCane?

Posted by: bbcrock | May 7, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse


She fixed a wrong that she orchestrated. I don't think that deserves a pat on the back.

Posted by: wtf1 | May 7, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of the personnel decision making that's costing District taxpayers millions of dollars in lawsuits. Petty Politics nothing more.

Posted by: jcan0284 | May 7, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Kaya Henderson won't get fired. She knows too much.

Meanwhile, what about the children, who always come first? No one has mentioned how disruptive it must have been for them to get a new teacher close to the end of the school year, just to have him ripped away a week later. Who's teaching them now? Doesn't anyone care enough to even ask?

Maybe Saunders was just being warehoused at the school. Please report on this.

Posted by: efavorite | May 7, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

"corrected a bad situation?"

This was not a mistake. Rhee was part of an effort to retaliate against Saunders because he is a very outspoken critic of her. There are correspondences by Kaya Henderson and Saunders to prove this. This was not a correction of a mistake on Rhee's part, it was damage control and an abrupt ending to a probable lawsuit.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | May 9, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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