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Posted at 5:47 PM ET, 11/ 5/2009

A page from the Redskins' playbook

By editors

By Jill Homan

District residents have seen it before with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. But now, we are witnessing it with the D.C. Council’s approach to Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. Micromanagement does not work.

While Snyder’s poor management style results in a losing season, the stakes are more significant for our children. The council’s interference with Rhee’s attempts to change our public school system is the surest path to continued poor test results and high dropout rates.

I applaud The Post’s Oct. 31 editorial for describing Rhee’s efforts to steer the schools through a financial storm in a manner that puts children, not politics, first. Unfortunately, the council has not followed her lead, choosing instead to grandstand about the firings of some public school teachers.

Clearly, layoffs are personal and traumatic events. Each of the 266 teachers fired by Rhee is someone’s friend and relative. But the council and Rhee are tasked with making difficult decisions to ensure our children receive an acceptable education.

Unfortunately, the council’s outrage screams of misplaced priorities.

By editors  | November 5, 2009; 5:47 PM ET
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Dear Friend's How Many years are we going to have the exact same issues staring at us from all angles ? Yes we can allow the new "Regime" to end the careers of however many teacher's it need's to, but between you Me and the lamp post We know what the problem is and has been for some time but I hardly think firing teachers is going to correct the basic issue. How many of you have stood on line at ANY DMV office in ANY STATE in the country and was in total Shock at how that dept was run ? well people that is exactly what happens when Tax dollars are hard at work. I've often wondered why it is that worker's in the Private sector alway's seemed to work harder and Longer for less everything while people working in local Municipalitys or for the State seemed to be working at Half speed with one eye on the clock , Can you just for a moment imagine how Many Private sector Businesses would have gone Bankrupt the very day they opened there door's if they were run like our Government ? So friends they can Fire much needed teachers by the truck load and they STILL Won't Fix the Inherent problems that are so Deeply rooted it will take a complete overhaul of the Disgracefully run Government. What is most disturbing about this So called Government is that they will trip over themselves to Build More Prisons and hire Law enforcement personel like there's No Tomorrow and then cut there own throats to make sure it's all paid for year in and year out rather than hire the Teachers & Related support Faculty necessary to steer our youth down a more productive & positive path far away from Hi-voltage Stun Guns of Mr Joe Law enforcement and the Prison Systems that only do one thing ! BREED NEW CRIMINALS ! How many of you folks ever wondered gee wiz how many Wealthy Americans do you think are in our well staffed educational Prison Systems today ?

Posted by: Roguelement | November 6, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Get out of the way and allow her to continue submitting budgets with known inaccuracies to fake a need for a RIF? Are you kidding? No way! That's criminal behavior.

Posted by: candycane1 | November 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"But the council and Rhee are tasked with making difficult decisions to ensure our children receive an acceptable education."

Ms. Holman, please explain how RIFing teachers in the middle of a school year ensures that our children receive an acceptable education.

Posted by: efavorite | November 7, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Jill Homan is spot on with her analysis - something drastic needs to be done with our school system in DC....for the sake of our kids. Remember, in the end it's not about saving jobs, or making sure teachers who aren't doing a good job keep their jobs -- it's about a brighter future for DC's schoolchildren, and Michelle Rhee is on the right path.

Posted by: TallBryan | November 10, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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