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Hundreds of DC teachers to be fired

Published:Friday | July 23, 2010 | 5:44 PM

Two hundred and 41 teachers have been fired in Washington DC and public school officials say another 7,000 could lose their jobs next year if their performances do not improve.



The sackings are a result of the first year of a new teacher evaluation system called IMPACT.



Three hundred and two school system employees in total have been fired. 729 additional employees who were rated as minimally effective were told that their job security depends on their level of improvement in the coming year.



The Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools Michelle Rhee said it is time to hold educators accountable for student growth and the authorities are committed to having a highly effective teacher in every classroom of every school in the city.



However teachers are claiming that the process is botched, noting that the evaluation system is punishment heavy and performance light.



The Washington Teachers’ Union President George Parker says grievances will be filed for each fired teacher.