D.C. Council Members Question DCPS Chancellor At Hearing on Teacher Layoffs | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Members Question DCPS Chancellor At Hearing on Teacher Layoffs

Play associated audio
After a day-long hearing on teacher layoffs in the District, several D.C. Council members say they want changes made in how the Public Schools are managed. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says he believes Rhee may have broken the law.
Kavitha Cardoza
After a day-long hearing on teacher layoffs in the District, several D.C. Council members say they want changes made in how the Public Schools are managed. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says he believes Rhee may have broken the law.

After a day-long hearing on teacher layoffs in the District, several D.C. Council members say they want changes made in how the Public Schools are managed. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says he believes Rhee may have broken the law.

Over the summer, the council cut approximately 9 million dollars from the DCPS summer school program. After the budget was certified -- Rhee decided to leave that program in tact - and instead make other cuts. That included a Reduction in Force or RIF off almost 400 school employees.

Gray says he will be talking to general counsel about the legality of her actions, "One if they already moved the money they couldn't do that legally. If the money hasn't been moved then the magnitude of the RIF has been overstated. They didn't need to be at the level that they did it."

Rhee says summer programs are important to help students graduate. Council members also chided Rhee on what one member called a "toxic environment" and another called a "culture of intimidation."

Even Councilman David Catania, a staunch supporter of Rhee, says Rhee needs to change the way she interacts with the council, "I need you to be a better communicator. I need that. And I need more respect and understanding directed towards this chairman. And I don't know how many times we can have this discussion."

Throughout all the criticism and questioning Rhee defended her decisions - pointing to advances in student achievement. "I would not have taken this step, had I not believed very strongly, that the advantages to going this route in the long run far out way the short term disadvantages."

Teachers who were laid off are expected to be dropped from the payroll Monday.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

NPR

Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Congress Uses Recent Issues To Attack NFL's Tax Exempt Status

Domestic violence and child abuse allegations against NFL stars have put the country's most-watched sports league in the congressional spotlight.
WAMU 88.5

Cellphones In Class Are No Problem In One Maryland School District

An Eastern Shore school district is allowing teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.