The Washington Post just issued an email news alert to their subscribers. Did a national leader die? Did war breakout? Did a natural disaster occur?
No. The breaking news was that the District of Columbia had fired 241 teachers for poor performance.
DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee rocked the educational establishment by in the words of the Washington Post “for the first time, holds some educators accountable for student growth on standardized test scores.”
“Every child in a District of Columbia public school has a right to a highly effective teacher — in every classroom, of every school, of every neighborhood, of every ward, in this City,” Rhee said.
The Washington Teacher’s Union will, of course, be contesting the firings even though they agreed to the process as part of the last contract negotiations — which raised their pay by 21%!