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DC Teachers Union Opposed to Rhee's Merit Pay Program

Posted Jan 07 2009 3:04pm
The U.S. spends more per pupil on elementary and high school education than most developed nations.

This is an statement Times recently published to back what Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is doing to behold the title of country's best-known urban school reformer.

By September 2008, the chancellor of one of the nation's lowest-performing school districts in the nation, closed 23 schools as the head of the District of Columbia's public schools, fired 36 principals and cut about 121 jobs from the central office staff. And she keeps on making changes.

She's been doing media headlines nationwide on the reforms she intents for DC schools. But with less visibility and a bit further East, Newark Superintendent Clifford Janey is also working to fulfil a better achievement in another of the worst performing districts school in America, Newark. He's instituted a mandatory uniform policy for students in grades K-8, revised the district's lunch policy and launched a also controversial initiative around teacher quality.

Speaking of controversial, this is how Rhee's proposal is perceived by DC teachers union. She plans to do away with teacher tenure and replace it with an ambitious merit pay program. NPR has an interview of Chancellor Rhee on how her proposal has divided the Chocolate city's teachers union.

Listen the interview made by Claudio Sanchez, here.

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