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D.C. Fires 100 Teachers At Two Schools In Bid To Improve Performance

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Students Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights have posted low test scores.
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Students Cardozo High School in Columbia Heights have posted low test scores.

More than 100 teachers and staff at two D.C. public schools have been let go, and they've been told that they need to reapply for what had been their old jobs.

The staff shakeup involves employees at Cardozo High School and Patterson Elementary, both of which are low performing schools whose students have struggled with poor test scores. 

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says officials determined both schools need a fresh start. Reconstituting employees is a process used under the federal No Child Left Behind law. It's aimed at turning around low-performing schools.  

But the teachers involved say they were blindsided by the move, and that trying to improve test scores by replacing staff is simplistic and ignores the schools' other serious challenges. 

This is the second time around for Cardozo High School, which was reconstituted in 2008. Since then, test scores have slightly improved.

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