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Teachers having sex with students?

Seems to be the theme of the week in the local ed world. First we had Sidwell Friends' disclosure that it had fired a long-time social studies teacher charged in Montgomery and Queen Anne's counties with sexual abuse of a minor and other sexual offenses.

Now we have Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's assertion, in the February issue of Fast Company magazine, that some of the 266 educators laid off in the October budget reduction had had sex with students, while others had hit them.

Rhee makes the statement while responding to union claims--never proven--that she contrived the budget crisis to get rid of older teachers.

"I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school. Why wouldn't we take those things into consideration?" she asked.


Exactly how many of the laid off teachers had sex with children?

Exactly how many had hit children?

Why did it take a budget-driven reduction in force to get rid of them?

Did the District try to bring criminal prosecution against these educators before laying them off?

I've asked Rhee's office for answers to these queries by close of business today. I also suggested that they not fall back on the privacy grounds often cited by bureaucrats as their reason for not speaking candidly about personnel matters.

I'll let you know what they say.

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By Bill Turque  |  January 22, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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Bill, please don't let go of this story until you have gotten some answers. Either Rhee is lying or she failed to report sexual abuse of children, as required by law. I'm beginning to suspect things that I wouldn't say even under the cover of anonymity. I will say this much: The people of DC have a right to know who exactly is running their schools.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | January 22, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If I were one of the RIF'd teachers, I believe I'd file a lawsuit against her for slander. It's a long shot but worth trying.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 22, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

This charge by Rhee says a lot more about her than the teachers and staff that she fired. I strongly doubt that there are more than a handful of the 266 teachers fired who have even been accused of any of those faults. But remember, in Rhee-land, nothing needs to be proved; all she has to do is make the charge, and it will stick.

Rhee has shown many times that she does not feel bound by something so mundane as facts. Her Baltimore "miracle" is a myth. Her charges that she can't help individual teachers because of the "union contract" is a myth. Her claims that all of the principals she fired were doing a poor job, and that all of her new hires are raising test scores dramatically, are myths as well. Why does she keep getting "passes" from the press?

Posted by: TexasIke59 | January 22, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I read that article about the child abusers that she got rid of, but I also heard her say at the October 29th council hearing when it was disclosed that she sent a fake budget to Ghandi, that she knew effective teachers were RIF'd. That woman will just say any damn thing! Since that statement in the article is as stupid as it is untrue, can she answer these questions? Out of the 200 plus teachers that were RIF'd, how many were hitting the children, how may had sex with the children and how many were effective?

If so many hit and had sex with the children, why were they given the same treatment as the effective ones? (Fired) Were police reports filed to support such absurdity?

I'm serious! Dave Chappelle this could be your next HBO special!

Posted by: candycane1 | January 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Now the plot thickens...

I hope she knows that she just opened a can of worms.

And if she did know about abuse within the schools, why didn't she tell the police?

Posted by: ENJOYA | January 22, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Rhee's attempts to justify her actions were handled just as unprofessionally as the layoffs were. Her management style has a lot in common with Mayor Fenty's, and I don't mean that as a compliment. It's stories like this that prove every city needs a strong newspaper. Keep up the good work, Bill, and don't take no for an answer.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | January 22, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Would all of Rhee's detractors wake the f. up?

There are, literally, dozens of stories every month of teachers being busted around the country for having illicit relations, or sexting, or whatever, with their students.

Entire blogs, such as BadJocks, or BadBadTeacher, and TeachersBehavingBadly, are dedicated to this subject.

It happens in D.C. Rhee is cracking heads and taking names. End of story.


Posted by: bs2004 | January 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Here are additional questions to be asked of such absurdity.

Were all of the parents of these children who had over two hundred teachers slapping them around and having sex with them dead? How did so many teachers get away with such? How did parents not know?

What are the special skills that Rhee has as opposed to her predecessors that enabled her to catch two hundred teachers that hit and had sex with children?

Perhaps that absurdity and mindset comes from something she already knows about. Could it be the "MO" of a"KJ" that made her say that? If she really believes that, she has a lot to answer to. Where are the police reports? This would speak to negligence and reckless endangerment of children if she knew and didn't report it to the police. They simply got RIF'd like the effective ones?

Stick with this one Bill. It's to inflamatory to let go and it's too "stupid" good in an election year!

Posted by: candycane1 | January 22, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Today is the beginning of the end. She'll soon throw in the Turquish Towel, and move to Cali to live with her boyfriend -- who has been accused of inappropriate actions with a 16 year old. We've come full circle...

Posted by: mike8 | January 22, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

That's a heavy charge to level in a glib fashion. Rhee is looking more and more like a
hack, unsuitable for an executive role. That's not an accusation one play's with just
to deflect criticism. We need professionalism
and competence from that position. Not an insecure, miscast, media hyped bureaucrat looking to cover her arse.

Posted by: Donald8 | January 22, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Did the teachers hit and/or have sex with students? Or were they accused of hitting and/or having sex with students? Seems to me, every last claim of abuse by a teacher should have been properly investigated before the ax fell. If they did these things, then ok, fire them with cause, making sure the reason for dismissal becomes a part of their record so they cannot be rehired later. Otherwise, clear their names and find some other, legitimate reason for firing them.

Posted by: eed017 | January 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope with her recent engagement to the Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson that she will be GONE Soon.
However, in the mean time the Post must determine who these Teachers were who abused these students. Additionally, a full police investigation must be done.

Posted by: mimiafw | January 22, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 4th generation Washingtonian. DC public schools have been rubbish since WWII. My grandparents wouldn't even consider public schools for my mom and aunts back in the 50s.

Ask anybody who grew up around here what they think of DC public schools and you'll get similar responses.

We love laughing at Marion Barry (Mayor for Life) but the schools are no laughing matter. I empathize with the kids who never had a chance. It's sad. The anti-Rhee crowd perpetuates this nonsense.

Posted by: melador | January 22, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Some" can mean as few as two of the 266 teachers, but these charges are so serious that Ms Rhee MUST explain why she did not also go to the police...assuming that she did not.

Simply firing a teacher for having sex with a child is no different than transferring a pedophile priest to another parish. It enables them to continue their behavior at another location.

If Ms Rhee felt the accusations were credible enough to warrant dismissal, she was legally bound to report the accusations to the police.

She MUST give a full explanation of what happened here.

Posted by: observer9 | January 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Some" can mean as few as two of the 266 teachers, but these charges are so serious that Ms Rhee MUST explain why she did not also go to the police...assuming that she did not.

Simply firing a teacher for having sex with a child is no different than transferring a pedophile priest to another parish. It enables them to continue their behavior at another location.

If Ms Rhee felt the accusations were credible enough to warrant dismissal, she was legally bound to report the accusations to the police.

She MUST give a full explanation of what happened here.

Posted by: observer9 | January 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Please stay on top of this story! Your introductory questions are my immediate thoughts as well.

Posted by: joebananas1 | January 22, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Is almost everyone in a leadership position in the District of Columbia just a complete moron? Rhee should have brought these allegations up months ago. Is this just a feeble attempt to try and justify her mass firings? Because, this late, that's what it's looking like. Incompetence in DC, nothing new.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe M Rhee should look in her own home... I believe her fiance' had some sexual harrassment issues to deal with during his day (NBA and Politcal world).... Check it out!

Posted by: rvanags | January 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh now she's telling us. Even if ONE teacher slept with an underage student, Rhee should have done something other than fire them since they were breaking the law. I hope the Council takes up this matter and gets details.

Posted by: noodles_20009 | January 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Go Bill Turque!

Thanks for expanding on my theme and cleaning up my language.

You can be my editor any day.

Posted by: efavorite | January 22, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Sex with a teacher, sex with a family member, sex with the high school football team, sex with a trucker or sex with a boy who barely remembers the girl's name. It's all the same. The last thing these girls wanna be is a virgin. They're gonna be defiled sooner or later& they won't be shedding any tears when it happens.

Posted by: uncivil | January 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Being laid off as the school year begins is bad enough, but this is a very broad brush Ms. Rhee uses to tar a large group of individuals. At least one of these teachers who I read about in the Post was a brand new teacher who had turned down offers in other communities to work in DC. Like others she was hurt emotionally and financially due to this abrupt termination.

Now she and other good people have to live with questions about their character because no one can know who those few bad apples are, if they even exist. I question whether they do exist because it seems those abusive teachers are the ones who would have been laid off during the summer, rather than after the school year began. Why would Ms. Rhee let them into the classroom at all if she knew they had issues?

Ms. Rhee has made many good changes to our schools, but this conduct of hers is below the belt, abusive and tacky and I can imagine the increased pain it brings to those terminated teachers.

These terminations also set a disturbing example for the students about how insecure life is. Students who'd begun to bond with their teachers had them abruptly ripped away. Students who are being taught through their teacher's example that an education can help you advance in life, instead had the example that an individual is not valued and reasonably secure in their employment even with a good education and good job performance.

Posted by: localreader2 | January 22, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, Ms. Rhee has crossed over to the other side. There's a thin line between sanity and lunacy. Her handlers have been keeping Rhee around to save themselves the embarassment of admiting failure and to give Adrian Fenty the best possible shot at re-election. But the cost of that is obviously going to be a freak show starring an unhinged Chancellor.

On a more serious note in this season for remembering an American hero. In the last months of his life, Dr. Martin Luther King began telling listeners that the ghetto was a "system of internal colonialism." "The purpose of the slum," King said in a speech at the Chicago Freedom Festival, "is to confine those who have no power and perpetuate their powerlessness. ... The slum is little more than a domestic colony which leaves its inhabitants dominated politically, exploited economically, segregated and humiliated at every turn." Fenty and Rhee are in place to do the work of the colonial masters and so the humiliation of teachers should come as no surprise.

But as Dr. King said, there's a Rhee-free "Promised Land" waiting out there for us when we finally decide to fight.

Posted by: natturner | January 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Right, I recently read her fiance has some similar sexual assault of a minor problems in California - did Tom Brokaw know that when he interviewed the guy for his Hwy 50 show? He also interviewed Rhee...Tom's mind going?

I trust these unreported to the police allegations will take her down. Many states have laws about mandated reporters who don't report.

I do not live in DC, but reading about this woman for the past couple of years, god, the bad vibes. There is something so, so wrong with her.

If the people who hired her weren't such grifters themselves, they would see through people like this. Wow.

Posted by: edismae | January 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

...and WaPo hired the ex-husband? way to go guys.

Posted by: edismae | January 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow. All of a sudden this is her justification. I agree with those who
say she has just opened up a can of worms, indeed. How will she back pedal out of this one? If she doesn't answer the reporters questions, one can assume we wont be getting any straight answers at all. She will sugar coat her words now and quote the "confidentiality" of these matters and it will quietly go and observe

Posted by: sonel | January 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I have been teaching in DC for 2 years; while I came here liking Rhee, I must say that I now despise her. It astounds me the lengths she will go to to try to prove a point- her underhanded behavior and attitude have done nothing for her cause. While I would not be shocked if there had been a very small number of teachers (or still are teachers) in DCPS who have abused children in any way, I cannot imagine it would take a RIF to get rid of these people. Further, why would she just be mentioning this now? It seems like it would have been ammunition at the time. I followed coverage of the RIF pretty closely and can honestly say that I never heard any of these assertions made by Rhee or anyone in her camp at the time. So why are we just finding out now?

Posted by: SPEDteachDC | January 22, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Rhee the one who supposedly helped cover up Kevin Johnson's sexual advances towards a minor at his charter school?

And if sexual abuse was going on towards the children in DC, wouldn't this be a criminal matter? Shouldn't she have gotten the police involved?

Posted by: jlp19 | January 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is a slap on the face for hundreds of teachers.
So she waited for the RIF to fire rapists and abusers? How ridiculous! The author is right on! She must apologize for these comments as they are so irresponsible. She must have lost her mind.

Posted by: bambidu | January 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Bill, this is yellow journalism at its worst. Rhee has said this many times in the past. Not new, not news.

Posted by: RL67 | January 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Now that's headline that sells newspapers!!!!

I won't get excited about Rhee's words. In the end it will come down to RIF-ing teachers that were suspended or something like that. I'm sure there are lawyers waiting to find a teacher that was fired without due process.

The real deal is the lady is full of sh!t!

Posted by: oknow1 | January 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

There is BIG money somewhere behind Michelle Rhee. And no matter how crazy she acts that BIG money is going to protect her. Unless the BIG money decides its too uncomfortable to protect her anymore - she will continue to be protected.

Posted by: jlp19 | January 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Would all of Rhee's detractors wake the f. up?...There are, literally, dozens of stories every month of teachers being busted around the country for having illicit relations, or sexting, or whatever, with their students.

Posted by: bs2004
So it's Rhee detractors who need to wake up, huh...interesting. Rhee fires 200+ teachers with no notice. Have them escorted out of the building with pink slips based upon budget issues, which allows them to seek re-employment in other local jurisdictions; and now more than 6 months later we find out that included in this group of teachers were child molesters and child abusers, but she didn't think it important enough to get rid of them immediately upon becoming aware of this "so called" fact. So what does that say about Rhee? At best it says that she allowed child molesters to continue to prey on the D.C. youth and child abusers to continue to abuse childrent until she had had enough of those teachers who "missed 78 days of school." That's one sick acknowledgement at best!

Posted by: Beingsensible | January 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Very, very stupid, undisciplined statement for Rhee to make publicly.

I don't doubt that there were a number of bad apples among those RIF'd teachers. And the downsizing was a convenient way to get rid of those bad apples, along with probably a slew of competent teachers.

Firing a teacher for cause in D.C. is practically impossible. It's hard enough to prove an allegation of sexual abuse when all circumstances point to it. And 'hitting' a student can be surprisingly nebulous to prove. The accused always gets the benefit of even the slightest doubt.

Rhee probably thought the downsizing worked well to get rid of those 'bad apple' teachers, as well as address budget issues. 'The end justifies the means.' But, Good Lord, you don't make that kind of statement publicly. Her lack of discretion, to me, is a sign of overwhelm. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the beginning of the end for her.

Posted by: sheckycat | January 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I just got a call from a friend who heard about this in his car on 90.9 - the classical music station.

Posted by: efavorite | January 22, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Great questions. I look forward to reading the answers.

Posted by: pundito | January 22, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I would relish a roll in the hay with Michelle A. Rhee myself.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Beingsensible - great point!!!

IF TRUE, those teachers are free to work in any other school district with no record of their abuse.

That can be significant degree of negligence on Rhee's part.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 22, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

+I would relish a roll in the hay with Michelle A. Rhee myself.+

Really? I don't think she's particularly attractive.

Posted by: chunche | January 22, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The principal at McKinley Technology High School made accusations during a teachers meeting during the 2008-2009 school year about at least one teacher having sex with students and indicated that an investigation was underway to deal with that allegation. He actually admonished a room full of teachers to not have sex with students (an outrageously unprofessional implication to start with) adding "Our children are charming but they're not that charming." Nothing came of this allegation (at least to my knowledge there were no arrests on the case).
I was a teacher who was fired on the last day of school in June. I do not have an education background and had issues with classroom management. Several of my students disrupted the classroom on a near daily basis and neither parental involvement nor the school administration were helpful at all in resolving the issues.
Now, in addition to having to explain that I was fired, I will have to defend myself against possible false perceptions of sexual abuse, assault, and absenteeism!
It is illogical to assume that any individual fired teacher that you might encounter engaged in such behavior but the lack of context in the quote leaves room for wild speculation. Therefore I will be calling a lawyer.

Posted by: kirtu | January 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Right now a lot of your schools in DC suck, when Rhee is done even more will

Posted by: mamoore1 | January 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Let the investigation begin. I don't think any of us were aware of the infestation of sexual preditors and child abusers that were allowed to prowl the halls and classrooms of DCPS. What happened to having a police clearance before you begin employment with DCPS?

These are serious allegations this school leader has made. Now the questions are: When did she know? Did she notify the appropriate officials in a timely manner as the law requires? Were parents made aware? And what kind of assistance was provided to the victims?

The sad reality of this is, Rhee has damaged the reputation of those she released this past october. She owes them big time.

Posted by: shank2sb | January 22, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Did Rhee really say this? Where is Stephen Chu's proof? I dislike Rhee, but we have to have absolute proof she actually said this.

If she didn't, Fast Company owes her a big apology. If she did, she needs to resign.

Posted by: jlp19 | January 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Rhee is kind of like the Pat Robertson of public education. The mouth opens and wacky statements come out, from time to time. I doubt seriously that all of these teachers were guilty of some kind of malfeasance, incompetence or criminality, as she implies. Granted, the DC public school system needs major reform but she just doesn't seem to be the person to do it. Fenty needs to give her the boot and find someone better able to do the job.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | January 22, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Why is she suddenly so concerned with students having sex with teachers? When her fiance was doing it she seemed to approve--and possibly join in.

Posted by: ajc4 | January 22, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse


Can you elaborate on Rhee's boyfriend and accusations of sexual misconduct against him? Where was this revealed/reported?

I agree that the RIF'd teachers have now been slandered by Rhee's characterizations and reasons for her action. What school system is going to hire a teacher who was fired among a group of child-beaters and child-molestors? She should be fired immediately and escorted from her building. Enough is enough!

Posted by: iphoenix | January 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Firing a teacher for cause in D.C. is practically impossible. It's hard enough to prove an allegation of sexual abuse when all circumstances point to it. And 'hitting' a student can be surprisingly nebulous to prove. The accused always gets the benefit of even the slightest doubt.


BS. And I'm going to say it every time someone posts that it was impossible to fire a teacher for cause. It was entirely possible for administrators for fire teachers using 90-day plans. Several were fired at my school and all it required was that the administrator make 3 observations and note the shortcomings of the teachers (and theoretically, but not actually help them to improve).

It is no ones fault but DCPS' that the principals that they hired couldn't be bothered to do so.

As for the specific allegations, Rhee better be able to back them up, and have a real good explanation as to why the teachers were not reported to the police. I suspect that this is not going to happen.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | January 22, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

correct me if I'm wrong please,

but during the hearings between WTU vs. DCPS, didn't Rhee provide sworn testimony outlining reasons for 266 teachers let go? If the abuse is proven to be true, did she commit perjury, or withhold evidence for not including this information as part of her testimony?

Her Chief of Staff, Lisa Ruda, provided testimony and nothing was mentioned about teacher abuse as part of the RIFF.

This is disgraceful and type of nonsense should't be occurring in our nations capital.

Good Luck in this DCPS...

Posted by: TwoSons | January 22, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

OUTRAGEOUS!!! If D.C. had an impartial attorney general, an investigation would likely be launched into these allegations. For Rhee to have known of such criminal, actionable offenses without submitting the names of the alleged perpetrators to the proper law enforcement officials is, in itself, criminal. (See District of Columbia Child Abuse Law ยง4-1301.02, et seq.)

It's well beyond time for Rhee to beat a speedy retreat (i.e., immediately resign her post or be fired for dereliction of duty/criminal activity).

Your move, D. C. Council members.

Posted by: schooletal | January 22, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@ efavorite...

If this is proven to be true, and DC authorities were not notified, legal protocal not folled, to include parents & students, community members not informed. Her statement are very serious accusations.

If her quoted statement is true, her credibility as a leadership abilities is HUGELY questioned.

This isn't just a "mistake" she put children at risk if these individuals weren't removed immediately and community members not informed.

Either Way Overall...Rhee is done.

Fenty, DC Council...handle your business.

Posted by: TwoSons | January 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same woman who is engaged to be married to Kevin Johnson, the man with multiple sexual allegations she covered up? Isn't this the same woman who failed to report Kevin Johnson's issues in California? There is no statute of limitations in California for reporting issues against minors. Here are two sources you can look at:

Police Report From One of the Instances of Kevin Johnson's Entanglements With Little Girls:

Reporting Laws for Sexual Misconduct With Minors In California:

Posted by: southyrndiva | January 22, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

To iphoenix:

Long before the information surfaced about Kevin Johnson in relation to the misuse of Americorps funds and sexual improprieties, I had uncovered the full transcript of an investigation of allegations against him on the internet.

I was curious about him when Rhee was considering him to take over one of the schools as part of federally-mandated reconstitution. Imagine my shock when I realized that she was considering someone to head one of our schools who, as a matter of public record, was embroiled in a sexual scandal involving under-age girls.

This is the age of the internet and there is really little excuse to remain ignorant. Google "Kevin Johnson," and see what you come up with -- beside all the dribble about his mayoral performance in Sacramento. There definitely is a darker side to the man. Rhee has some nerve!

Posted by: vscribe | January 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

This blog report, posted by Bill Turque is disingenuous. We are completely unaware of the context of this statement made by the Chancellor. Her last statement in this quote is telling- "why wouldn't we take those things into consideration?" What was the question to which she was responding?

There is no doubt that her statement, if accurate, is unfortunate. But, what is more distressing is the lack of information in this report by Turque and the immediate condemnation by so many bloggers without all of the truth. These blogs are dangerous; so many of you accuse people of horrific things without evidence (i.e. Kevin Johnson, teachers, administrators, etc.) These people are unable to defend themselves and sadly there are many people who read this and probably think your accusations are accurate.

I only hope there are few people who read this garbage written by bloggers and even less people who believe it.

Chancellor Rhee has made mistakes but she has also done many good things, such as improving professional development, holding educators accountable and changing the dialogue from union nonsense to instruction. For God's sake, the way she is attacked, who on Earth would come and be your superintendent?? No wonder, you were only able to retain a 3 year teacher to be bring them in and crucify them before they can do anything on behalf of kids.

I am beginning to believe DC is the modern day Sodom and Gamorrah!

It is a testament to her leadership and genuine goodness that she stays here despite the abuse!

If Vincent Gray runs and wins the Mayoral race who will he hire to run the system- this district if full of NUTBALLS!

Posted by: teacher6402 | January 22, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

ah teacher6402..shut up!!

stick to the topic. this is obout an administrator who is seemingly unable to meter her public commentary about her staff! If they're dirty, go through the process and fire them, if not..then shut up..Period...

Posted by: Donald8 | January 22, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

teacher6402- We don't see Rhee rushing to get a retraction from Fast Company. Her statement was more than unfortunate. It is representative (once again) of the chancellor's attitude and the contempt for the school system she was hired to manage. The residents of Washington DC were "gifted" Rhee by Mayor Fenty. His limited knowledge of what it takes to run/improve DCPS is reflected in his selection of Rhee to be chancellor. Please note that she is a chancellor. She could not qualify to be a superintendent.

melador- If you are really a 4th generation Washingtonian please remain quiet. Your ignorance of the history of public school education in DC and its many outstanding graduates
is telling.

uncivll - You are in need of counseling. Quick.

Rhee's statement was made openly to a magazine because she fears no retribution. She has made inaccurate and dishonest statements before and nothing happened. She now feels that she can say and do as she pleases regarding DCPS. Fenty brought her to DC to tear the school system down and remake it in her vision; a vision shaped by inexperience and influences of those who would have public education exorcised. Rhee is using DCPS to build a rep for her future. She is neither an educator or an authority. She is not an innovator. The city acquired a disruptive force disguised as a reformer. Those of us who have a history here have seen this act before. Let us hope that the curtain falls on Fenty's Folly before too much damage is done.

Posted by: lightkeeper | January 23, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

You keep shilling for those sub-standard teachers. Maybe the canned teachers can work at the Washington Post and both institutions will be improved.

Posted by: tcurtin | January 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I have a neighbor who had sex with his teacher from Roosevelt. The boy was 15/16 at the time. His mom could care less really. Her son was her Mandingo in her eyes (mandingo is the mother's word not mine)!
Anyway, there was a hearing. The kid wouldn't snitch. The mom really could care less as she saw no wrong for her underage son to be bedding a woman twcie his age. Long story short, the teacher went on to teach in TX. Maybe this is one of the types of situations that Rhee is speaking of. She still should not have lumped all the teachers in together. But maybe this is what she is referring to.

Posted by: nate20011 | January 23, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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