Rhee: Younger Teachers Got More of the Ax
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, going on the offensive against critics of last week's teacher layoffs, said younger instructors were "more likely" to have been shown the door than DCPS veterans.
In an interview on WAMU this morning, Rhee said: "If you look at the reality of years of service, brand new teachers were more likely to be separated in this RIF (reduction in force). I know people are spreading a lot of rumors but they are just not supported by the data."
As to giving the public a look at the data, that's another matter. Rhee told NewsChannel 8 yesterday that it s not available to the public. She and her staff have yet to respond to multiple requests for a look. They say it's still being reviewed by District lawyers.
Lack of evidence not withstanding, Rhee did have plenty to say to school activists, union leaders and some D.C. Council members who have that the $43 million DCPS budget shortfall was a phony crisis contrived to purge veteran teachers.
Rhee also fired back at Council member Marion Barry, who said Tuesday that Rhee had lied about budget and personnel issues.
"I always think that Council member Barry has an interesting interpretation of things," Rhee told WRC TV,. "I certainly am willing to answer any questions the council member has, but to be accused of lying -- I just don't think that's right."
Finally, Rhee took issue with Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's analysis of the DCPS budget, which showed that federal stimulus money should have been able to fix any serious shortfall. Rhee said much of the stimulus funding came with specific regulations, targeting it to special education students, for example. She said the rules also required that it be used to supplement, not supplant local funding. Without the stimulus funds, she added, the cutbacks would have been much worse.
October 7, 2009; 12:37 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Education
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