: News

Filed Under:

D.C. Schools Head Accuses Teachers Of Sexual Assault

Play associated audio

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.

NPR

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
NPR

Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
WAMU 88.5

Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

NPR

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Leave a Comment

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