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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Arbitrator rules in favor of D.C. teachers

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, Bill Turque reports on the D.C. Schools Insider.

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; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Education  
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I'm not surprised. There is a cottage industry in DC comprised of attorneys and arbitartors who make millions from a system that is set up to make it almost impossible to terminate a DC employee. And, you'll be astounded at the real dollar amount in attorney and arbitrator fees and back-pay (BTW which was not reported in the article but comes out of the DC budget). Please write an article when an arbitrator upholds a termination.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | February 8, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, good luck with that school improve plan DC!

Posted by: UnknownHenson | February 8, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

they should make Rhee pay their back wages out of her own pocket.

After all, her group is going to raise a billion dollars for education, right?

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 8, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Rhee increased achievement rates by 14 and 17 percentage points in secondary reading and math, respectively, in 3 years.

Gray said "we can do better." That's a tall order. One unlikely to be fulfilled.

DC voters should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: jboogie1 | February 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Rhee increased achievement rates by 14 and 17 percentage points in secondary reading and math, respectively, in 3 years.

Gray said "we can do better." That's a tall order. One unlikely to be fulfilled.

DC voters should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: jboogie1 | February 8, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Fenty and Rhee increased achievement rates by 14 and 17 percentage points in secondary reading and math, respectively, in 3 years. The improvements were across all subgroups, not just affluent students.

Gray said "we can do better." That's a tall order. One unlikely to be fulfilled.

Washingtonians just LOVE arguing with results!

Posted by: jboogie1 | February 8, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Too bad...most were probably sup par teachers and very few of the re-instated deserve it..

The children are the real victims here...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 8, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Awesome! Way to take another HUGE step backwards, DC! I knew you could do it!

Posted by: bayma1 | February 8, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Unions are the ball and chain on this country..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 8, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so first we get the "worst education system in the U.S" prize back, then onto the "most dangerous city to live in the U.S." and after that we should top it off with "he most corrupt city" award. I guess the majority of people in the city enjoy living miserably, only way to exolain Gray.

Posted by: sdiaz4 | February 8, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how the Post is burying this story. This ruling is a complete repudiation of Rhee's incomptence and reckless managment style. I hate to say I told you so, but I TOLD YOU SO! Rhee was a trainwreck. That's why she and Fenty were sent packing. Too bad there are so many kool aid drinkers out there who think that she walkson water. Because of her foolish, capricious and dishonest termination of these teachers, the DC taxpayers will be stuck with a bill of at least 7.5 MILLION dollars. Money that could have been spent on students. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Posted by: PepperDr | February 8, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

One step forward, two steps back for D.C. yet again. You idiots can't stand progress and improvement.

Posted by: dtysko | February 8, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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