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DCPS figuring out cuts

School officials say they are trying figure out where to come up with the $6.5 million in cuts mandated by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who also froze hiring and promotions across city government on Monday. DCPS is facing a 10 percent reduction in spending on supplies and materials, contractual services, grants and subsidies and equipment. Exempted from the freeze and the reductions: DCPS food services and special education. Expenditures in these areas will continue, officials said.

"We are reviewing the mayor's order with the DCPS management team to determine how to best operationalize the announced reductions," said spokeswoman Safiya Simmons.

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Let's see how about not hiring those 13 instructional superintendents and just one more tidbit, what about not hiring a principal for a planning year. Let's see that should save you about 1 million dollars. Why you at it, get rid of the Chief of Parent Engagement and you could also lose the Principal Recruitment Chief too. Gee, I am already at 1million-2hundred thousand. Now lets talk about your digs at 1200, if you relocate to the unused Hines middle school (rent free). What's my tab looking like, I think I am about around 6-million in cost savings and people removing? Next!

Posted by: PowerandPride | October 6, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Start with the instructional superintendents that Rea has hired. With those heavy salaries

Posted by: Darksecrettt | October 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else read the article in September's Ebony where Michelle Rhee proudly touts the fact that programs like TFA and her 'New Teacher Project'
are bringing in teachers from the 'elite' schools?
She had to backtrack when
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, challenged her.
And, Rhee didn't mention that these programs bring in teachers with no disciplinary skills (such as herself -- remember her fond anecdote about
"taping shut 2nd grade students' mouths
in Baltimore")
and these unqualified, untrained or minimally trained recruits are basically temp. workers not committed to the profession of teaching.

These programs are NOT designed to develop
a professional corps of teachers. No one becomes an expert in only 2 or 3 years. I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these types of temporary teachers. They are a band aid --
nothing more (band-aids are easily peeled off, fall off) --
a pseudo-reform sham providing cover
for a Wall Street-funded
edu-profiteering scam
that doesn't heal anything
and doesn't construct anything
worthwhile for the children.


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@honestpolicy --- "I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these types of temporary teachers." (?)

TFA & New Teacher Project;
educrat 'fink' tanks (filled with inexperienced
never-teachers, non-teachers or teachers who quit because they couldn't successfully, sustainably teach,
but they have endless jabbering,
tendentious tomes & reams of 'advice';
and, of course, the media-hyped
corporate edu-profiteers & hedge scammers
grasping taxpayer-funded $ (ie. corporate welfare)
dollars in their claws............

(significant, insightful
message from
'efavorite') --- />

"Because there is money in it.
There's Money for
the teacher recruitment firms that place them (ie. the New Teachers Project,
that Rhee used to run).
There's money for the consultants who vet the new grads who enter the program, then train them on how to be a teacher in
5 weeks, and there's money for the new teachers themselves -- they get a portion
of their college loans forgiven and get a tuition break on their master's degree.

So it's a big win, for everyone,
but the kids."


note this financial
FACT: --- The New Teacher Project
actually charges fees of
several hundred thousand dollars ($ !)
per each school district to embed themselves
as on-site full-time consultant staff
(within the central offices) inside the
H.R. depts.
of these particular school districts !!
Everybody do your homework
to research more about these
behind-the-scenes arrangements
with school districts.


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee’s ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial gaming the system, and legal violations — in Washington, DC and also in Sacramento.
Did you know that every time she brings in a new inexperienced, unqualified “Teach for America” intern that she pays her
ex-husband’s organization (K. Huffman, he’s the “TFA” VP/Communications Director) a fee of several thousand dollars for each recruit — which goes toward his salary and he then repays back to her as child support ! — that’s self-dealing. ======= Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee’s and Kevin Johnson’s closets, while they’ve been protected from consequences by their big-money financier and corporate backers (including — deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals (including misappropriation of over $400,000 in federal grants), sexual misconduct with students (teen minors)
and staff subordinates, cover-ups and ‘hush money’ deals
Must-read important
news article:

See website:


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 6, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


Since $20-30 million of the budget shortfall is due to projected DCPS overspending, they are actually GAINING $13-23 million once this 'cut' is accounted for.... the rest of the overspending will be covered from cuts in other agencies. Pretty sweet deal, no?

Posted by: HomeTownDC | October 6, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

For starters, lose the master educators and the recently hired and overpaid asst. superintendents. They have no direct impact on instruction. This is a no-brainer.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse


Lose these so-called instructional superintendents and not so "MASTER EDUCATORS". Their only role is to intimidate school staff and enforce the flawed IMPACT.

But do not there. Take a hard look at the folks hiding out at Logan in the so-called Professional Development center. The head of that off is incompetent as well as mean and nasty as hell.

What a waste of money.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 6, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This is a no brainer!! Start cutting all of the fat at the DCPS Central Administration office. There are numerous employees who are not qualified or certified for any educational position in DCPS Central Administration, especially Rhee. Clearly, Rhee needs to take the lead and submit her resignation to Fenty and others will follow suit.

This is a "HOT MESS!"

Enough is Enough!!

Posted by: sheilahgill | October 6, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse


1. Stop promoting your inner circle, especially the ones with less than 3 years of full time work experience to Chief positions.

2. Cut the salary of your chiefs...they seem to be making more than Fenty.

3. So whatever happened to the million dollars that was supposed to be used for new assessments?

4. Get out of 12oo FIrst street. I do not understand for the life of me why the giant empty school building next door to Logan is not being utilized.

5. Instructional Superintendents do what again? 0-13 of them now? Why is that? Let's not forget the back office for Instructional Superintendents. That gives us a staff of approximately 4+ per Instructional Sup, each earning more than 70,000.

last, but not least, let's hear it for the contractors that serve as Deputy Chiefs, Program Managers, Program Coordinators and every other title under the sun (1-2 who are earning the same amount of money as Chiefs).

Posted by: Wisdom111 | October 6, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

In addition to the recommendations already made on this board (laying off the instructional superintendents, master educators, etc), I would like to add that awful special education staff of supervisors and SESes at Central office. My experience is that these folks are useless and do nothing to enforce a culture of compliance with federal law at the school level.

The supervisors refused to correct violations at the school level, as I've personally witnessed, often stating that they could not override the principal. Well, what exactly is their role?

They have at least 30 of these kinds of individuals, all of whom make close to six figures a year, and did so even before Rhee got here. That she has held on to these unproductive people is an indication of her lack of judgment and management skills, not to mention her total neglect of special education issues in her administration. The teachers at the local school level, for the most part, are quite capable of advocating for, and enforcing the rights of, special needs students. If Rhee is looking for dead weight and fat to cut, she should have begun with the incompetent special education staff at central office long ago.

Posted by: vscribe | October 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Why not start with Rhee, her salary is obscene. Why is the DCPS in deficit after all her firings? What about the private foundation money she has supposedly brought in and how is she going to keep the commitments she has made on salaries for her hand-picked teachers and principles. Why do I forsee another mass firing before the mayoral election?

Posted by: Frustratededucator | October 6, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Let the sacking begin.

Posted by: edlharris | October 6, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

RUPERT MURDOCH is planning to set up
an edu-profiteer, privateer ACADEMY SCHOOL.

"With Tesco selling books and Amazon selling bacon, it was only a matter of time before Rupert Murdoch started selling A-levels.
News International is in talks about sponsoring an academy school near its luxurious Wapping offices.

Critics of Mr Murdoch are reported to be “alarmed” at the possibility of him entering the sphere of education, and leading the resistance is the go-to guy for anti-Murdoch quotes at the moment, Labour MP Tom Watson.
“Some people will say they are not telling people what they should think through their newspaper but teaching our children what to think in our schools,” he says. I'm a big fan of Watson. I bought Batman: Arkham Asylum on his recommendation, and it's a cracking game. But I think he's being silly here.

Are we really to imagine some sinister factory, churning out prematurely wizened republicans with A-levels in cross-media plugging and an interest in offshore tax arrangements?

There used to be a thing called the antinomian heresy, which said if you were one of the Elect, pre-selected for heaven, nothing you could do was sinful. An inverted version of this applies to Murdoch. He is seen as such a scoundrel that anything he does is deemed evil.

Faith schools — which are by their nature openly ideological — go through on a nod; yet when Murdoch suggests sponsoring a secular secondary school the assumption is it's in order to spread the abominable creed of Murdochism.

.......Of course there are many things to find unattractive about Murdoch. His companies avoid countless millions in tax and he is a foreign national who exercises a disproportionate amount of power over our political process. The law as it stands makes both these things possible, and elected politicians are reluctant to change things because — chicken-and-eggily — Murdoch is too powerful.

But that power is a means to an end. Some proprietors are in it for the pomp: dinner with Cabinet ministers; swanking around at Buckingham Palace when they get knighted; having their half-baked ideas about the world canvassed with apparent interest by powerful people.

Murdoch doesn't seem all that interested in ideology, though. Inasmuch as he wants to reshape the world, it's to make it a better place for his own businesses. He's personally Right-wing, sure; but if the big bucks for Fox News were in replacing
Glenn Beck with Tariq Ali, he'd probably do it.

The chances are that Murdoch is taking
an interest in running an academy because
he reckons he can make money out of it.
And given what tends to happen when
any private company sees a buck to be made out of
public services, it's that that we ought to be alarmed about."

see source


Posted by: honestpolicy | October 6, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

"Everything is for the..... kids!"

So --
who is taking care of Michelle Rhee's
while Queen Rhee is out-of-town
50% of the time (traipsing around
as a corporate concubine, diarrhea of the mouth
spokesmodel --
on her junkets) ?

-- what about the "kids" !!! --
you know......
.the DCPS schoolkids
and her own biological daughters (with her
ex-husband, the TFA executive paid for
with YOUR tax money, folks
--- it's called 'self-dealing')

Who's minding the store
(the budget, the special ed. kids, etc.) ???


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

"Everything is for the..... kids!"
"It's all about the kids!" --

(and also about
unqualified 'chancellor'
Rhee's $ 300,000 salary + perks) !!!

So --
who is taking care of Michelle Rhee's
precious "kids"
while Queen Rhee is out-of-town
50% of the time (traipsing around
as a corporate concubine, diarrhea of the mouth
spokesmodel --
on her junkets) ?

-- what about the "kids" !!! --
you know......
.the DCPS schoolkids
and her own biological daughters (with her
ex-husband, the TFA executive paid for
with YOUR tax money, folks
--- it's called 'self-dealing')

Who's minding the store
(the budget, the special ed. kids, etc.) ???


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 7, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

What a waste, yesterday there was a training day for 123 DCPS principals. Yet, it was done by a staff that calls themselves the Principal Institute. This staff in newly hired and formulated at what cost, more importantly at what purpose?

In actuality this ALL could been done by instructional superintendents and the Deputy Chiefs (no-brainer).

Do you all remember when Rhee stated that when she first got to DCPS headquarters, she went around to all of the offices and asked employees what do they do? Well, I say let the conversations begin again and the questions needs to be rephrased to say, what do you NOT do?

Here's another coupon saver, get rid of those management teams for at least two of the high-schools e.g. Dunbar and Anacostia.

Posted by: PowerandPride | October 7, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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