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DCPS Argues 'Excessed' Teachers Have Not Been Laid Off

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D.C. Public Schools issued more than 400 layoff notices to teachers and staff July 15. That's almost double the amount of notices issued last year.
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D.C. Public Schools issued more than 400 layoff notices to teachers and staff July 15. That's almost double the amount of notices issued last year.

Jason Kamras, who oversees the process of what's called "excessing" for DCPS, says this is not the same as layoffs.

"I want to be absolutely clear these are not layoffs. Let me say that again: These are not layoffs. These employees are not being laid off," he says.

Kamras says employees can apply for other jobs in the school system, and he says last year almost 80 percent of the teachers excessed found other positions in DCPS. He didn't provide information on staff members.

But Nathan Saunders, the head of the Washington Teachers' Union, says he's waiting to see the numbers from this academic year. He says excessing used to be understood as simply moving teachers around in the system.

"In this system, exessing is a method of terminating teachers. It simply pushes teachers out the door and is an excuse not to allow them back in," he says.

DCPS officials say they will have hiring fairs to help those excessed find other jobs.

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