Teachers Union Considers Libel Suit Against Rhee | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Teachers Union Considers Libel Suit Against Rhee

Play associated audio

By Peter Granitz

The Washington Teachers Union is considering suing D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee for libel after she told a national magazine some of the 266 teachers she laid off abused students.

Union President George Parker says Rhee should rescind her statements because they're damaging the reputation of all teachers, not just the ones laid off.

"I think it also disparages the reputation of all the DCPS teachers because it gives the impress.ion that you've got 266 teachers molesting children," says Parker. "It makes you wonder about the other 4,000."

Parker says it's standard procedure for DCPS to inform the union when it plans to punish teachers, but he says that did not happen in this case.

The teachers union already has sued Rhee and DCPS for the lay offs, arguing they were not prompted by a budget shortfall as Rhee claimed.

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray says Rhee needs to name which teachers allegedly hit or had sex with students. He says he may ask her to testify before the council, but he's asking her for clarification first.

Rhee has yet to respond to Gray, and did not return repeated requests for interviews for this story.

NPR

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.
NPR

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.
NPR

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.
NPR

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Leave a Comment

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