Just realized that Michelle Rhee not only fired 5% of the D.C. teaching corps yesterday (241 teachers), she gets to withhold salary increases from another 730 teachers (17% of the teaching corps) because they were rated "minimally effective."
Next year, if they are still rated "minimally effective," they too will be fired.
Wow - this is the contract the union agreed to?
Within five years, Rhee will have a whole new teaching corps.
She can basically fire EVERY teacher by making sure the classes they have result in stagnant or dropping test scores in the next five years.
And she saves on all those salary increases and pension costs by having 20% or 25% declared "minimally effective" every year.
No wonder Michelle Rhee says NYC needs a contract like the D.C. contract.
You know who ought to be fired as a consequence of this mess?
George Parker, the head of the D.C. union, and Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief who helped "negotiate" this "innovative" contract.