A page from the Redskins' playbook
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.
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