Will Rhee Be Nathan Saunders' New Best Friend?
Nathan Saunders has never had much of anything good to say about Michelle Rhee, the D.C. schools chancellor he believes is out to destroy the Washington Teachers Union.
That's why the meeting he's scheduled for tomorrow could be a bit, um, awkward. Saunders is asking Rhee to reverse a decision by her deputy chancellor, Kaya Henderson, to return him to teaching duty.
Henderson informed Saunders last month that his leave of absence for union work actually lapsed three years ago and was never properly renewed. Saunders says he was set up by WTU president and internal rival George Parker, who excluded him from papers filed last year requesting renewed leaves for other top union officers. Parker, after taking considerable heat from his membership, asked DCPS late last week to restore Saunders' leave.
Saunders said Parker's actions are of no consequence and that this is Rhee's call to make.
"She has a chance to be a hero," he said.
Or a chance to weaken a constant union critic.
May 5, 2009; 9:40 AM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Education
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