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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:09 PM
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Rhee says laid-off teachers in D.C. abused kids
As a fired teacher from a district NOT in D.C., I can tell you that if administrators are caught breaking the law, they will smear and lie about teachers. They keep their six-figure jobs no matter what the wrongdoing.



Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee told a national business magazine that some of the 266 teachers laid off in October's budget reductions had sex with children or had hit them, a claim immediately and angrily challenged Friday by leaders of the Washington Teachers Union.

Rhee's comments appear in the February issue of Fast Company, a magazine aimed at young entrepreneurs and change-minded corporate executives. In a brief item, Rhee addressed the union allegation that she contrived the budget crunch to circumvent seniority rules and rid the system of older teachers.

"I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school. Why wouldn't we take those things into consideration?" she said.

Rhee declined to provide specific numbers Friday or details to substantiate her remarks about sexual misconduct and teachers striking students. Neither did she respond when asked by e-mail why such teachers were allowed to remain in the school system before the Oct. 2 job cuts. D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said late Friday that she was researching the matter.


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The only "crimes" these teachers committed were being paid too much and being too old.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:13 PM
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1. It was irresponsible of her to say this. nt
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:15 PM
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2. To say the least, especially when further in the article
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 02:16 PM by tonysam
it says NONE of the 266 laid off teachers were involved in any sexual impropriety.

Of course, we know all about Rhee's fiance out in California.

Here is a link to Fast Company with some comments. Many of them are really good.

Fast Company
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 02:37 PM
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3. wow....what a .....
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:18 PM
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4. Are her comments "actionable"
meaning can one of the dismissed teachers sue for slander? By saying this, she's impugning the integrity of the teachers and I wonder if they have a case. And, maybe this will be the key to getting her thrown out of DC. She needs to work on her people skills.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:26 PM
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5. She Should Be Sued And Arrested
Crazy fucking bitch.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:32 PM
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6. Video report about her outrageous comments
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 09:44 PM by tonysam
at this link:

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 11:31 PM
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7. This woman is too stupid to be a teacher
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 01:05 PM
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8. Isn't that the way the old canard goes?
Those who can... do.
Those who can't... teach
Those who can't teach... teach teachers how to teach.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:16 PM
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9. An ignoramus came up with that.
Those who can--teach.

Those who can't--administrate.
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:25 PM
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10. Maybe you can add "canard" to your vocabulary list for the week?
:)
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:28 PM
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11. You don't need to be fucking insulting.
Edited on Tue Jan-26-10 02:32 PM by tonysam
Look up "insulting" in the dictionary.

Look up "fucking" in the slang dictionary.

If you have Webster's New World Dictionary, both words will be there.
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 02:39 PM
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12. Lol... Look who is talking
Miss the smilie, eh?

Overly quick to take offense... Even quicker to give it. JUST the characteristics you want in a teacher, right?
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 03:13 PM
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13. Perfect!
Right on the money, as usual! :)
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-26-10 05:44 PM
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14. Actually those who can't need a teacher to help them learn how
:)
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-27-10 11:44 AM
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15. Now Rhee is backtracking on her remarks
D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee said Tuesday that of the 266 teachers fired in October, one had been under investigation for "serious allegations of sexual misconduct."

Six others had served suspensions for corporal punishment, two had served suspensions for excessive absences on multiple occasions, and "several other employees had egregious time and attendance records," Rhee said.

The details were released in a letter to appease D.C. Council members angry over Rhee's quote in Fast Company magazine: "I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of schools."

But the gesture didn't quite work.

The letter, which stopped short of an apology to offended former teachers, "is a beginning and hardly an end to the matter," Council Chairman Vincent Gray said through a spokeswoman.


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Time for a "due process" hearing for the D.C. chancellor.
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