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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Arbitrator reverses 2008 firings, union says

By Bill Turque

An arbitrator has ruled that 75 probationary teachers fired in July 2008 by former chancellor Michelle A. Rhee should be reinstated with back pay, the Washington Teachers' Union announced Tuesday morning. The union says it will discuss details at a press conference this afternoon. DCPS officials say a response is coming.

By Bill Turque  | February 8, 2011; 11:44 AM ET
 
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Great job Chancellor Rhee! Now we have to pony up back pay for 75 teachers dating back to 2008.

How many more horrible decisions to we have to hear about before Rhee can be discredited for reforming DCPS?

Posted by: letsbereal2 | February 8, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Washington Post explains the improper (illegal?) firings and subsequent hirings by Rhee. It's important for citizens to understand why we have due process laws.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | February 8, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This is unfortunate. Not that we have to rehire the teachers but that they were apparently fired in the wrong way without due cause or giving them their rights.

The Fenty administration did this to a lot of people and was forced to rehire them. Ineffective teachers need to be let go but we must give people their full rights when we do it.

Posted by: peterdc | February 8, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@peterdc

One of the ruling stated that many of these teachers were never evaluated prior to their firings. They were never declared "ineffective."

75 folks laughing all the way to the bank. Trust me, others will be rehired as well with back pay.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | February 8, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

dccounselor72 - right. Rhee just fired these teachers because she could (or thought she could)

They were "probationary" only because they were too recently hired to have tenure - not because they had been judged to be ineffective.

She only cared about the headline - "Rhee fires probationary teachers!"

She fired them to look tough.

Posted by: efavorite | February 8, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

"An arbitrator has ruled . . . ."

When a judge rules on something, we at least get a name, and we know who appointed him/her. I wish the WPost would provide more details. Who is the arbitrator? How was he/she appointed?

Posted by: trace1 | February 9, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

I know Michelle Rhee's statistics are constantly being debated but even one of her most staunch critics G.F. Brandenburg, a retired D.C. math teacher who pored over all of the students test scores while Mrs. Rhee was in office had to admit that during her reign as Chancellor test scores did increase.
At least she focused on what is truly important which every commenter so far has failed to recognize and that is that students should come first.

Source: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2011/02/michelle_rhees_early_test_scor.html

Posted by: wboothe81 | February 13, 2011 2:04 AM | Report abuse

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