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D.C. Schools Head Accuses Teachers Of Sexual Assault

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By Elliott Francis

The head of D.C. public schools claims that some of the teachers who were laid off last fall either sexually assaulted students or hit them.

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee offered the revelation to a national business magazine, adding one of the teachers laid off missed 78 days of school.

Rhee declined to provide detail but added she was responding to union claims accusing her of creating a budget crisis in order to get rid of older teachers. She and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the firings as part of a $43.9 million budget shortfall.

George Parker, president of the Washington Teachers Union, says the union received no information that any of the 266 former teaches was accused of sexual misconduct against children. Parker calls the statements reckless and without basis in fact.

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