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Washington DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee announced last week that she is fired.
More than 200 teachers and that troubled district the majority of whom received.
Low scores and into a valuation system that for the first time ties teacher performance to student achievement.
Employees rated minimally effective.
By the new system have a year to improve or face dismissal.
The Washington teachers' union says it will contest the firings calling Reid's approach punishment heavy and support light.
We're back with Dan and anger also joining the panel wall street journal editorial board member Jason Riley and columnist bill -- so Jason.
This is miraculous news in any public school district how is re able to pull this off.
Bhopal you know when it went -- -- a law firm fires that lawyers or newspaper fire is bad journal that will never happen if -- could affect the world goes on.
But when schools chancellor with 4000 teachers -- the worst 4% of them.
Its front page news and this is because in public education not only in DC but nationwide it is next to impossible to get rid of bad.
Teachers and she can do this because of the recently signed and agreed to DC schools contract.
Yes get through -- and -- contract yes to two to fire teachers for performance.
And she also has the backing of the mayor of DC and doing this which is important it -- -- Politically she had a lot of support the other thing that's allotted to a -- If the conditions of schools and DC in 2006 the year before she took over.
Not a single teacher was fired for performance in DC this -- the system or 8% of eighth graders were performing at grade level and -- Despite the fact that the district with spending.
141000 dollars per kid with with more than double the national map okay so the system of political system was ready to change -- bill you know there's one -- school districts around this country.
Where the schools are maybe not quite as bad but are really awful right so and they've not been able to do this right what makes her and Washington.
Different well I'd say I agree with brother Riley here on the on the the performance aspect to things one is even when she came there'd been a charter initiative have been a voucher initiative.
Is given her leverage school choice school choice -- options for parents 38% of kids go to charter schools in DC now.
That's leverage when she's sitting down to negotiate with them.
And you can't underestimate this contract what she did.
Quid pro quo.
We'll give you more money for the good teachers that's that's sort of gone unreported in this there's a lot of opportunism that something like a -- -- -- that's think's right and then as other merit pay.
More pay for good teachers but we're gonna get rid of bad teachers from what -- had in the contract that they don't have anywhere else they could tie that.
Paid -- performance so she's able to get these people off the -- and the ability to do hurt too.
To have her in her designees to do the evaluation right as opposed to the unions doing some well -- to point out further added two to Jason's point.
The dismal performance of the school teachers before she bit of this of the students.
You know -- one of the worst districts if not the worst school district in the nation in yet something like 95% of teachers used to receive the highest evaluations before Michelle.
We came in so that.
That kind of crawl -- get put your question -- differently.
How many sanitation workers get fired in any city around the country.
It's the same reason all of their contracts are collectively bargained they've been able collectively bargain public union contracts for the last thirty to forty years and kids -- that they don't think he's sorry where is -- don't like it with kisses like the miners' union.
That's the same thing you cannot fire teachers for the same reason you cannot fire sanitation workers are part -- of -- department of motor vehicle all the way you're saying the politicians wouldn't want your take them on because of the unions are too powerful and -- they haven't taken a month for thirty years and that's how we got to this point and that.
-- makes this case of -- and they went to unions -- it stands right this is a jobs program you know in New York.
Chancellor Klein spent a hundred million dollars paying teachers that he can take out of the classroom.
But he can't get off the payroll and the reason is it generally goes to our arbitration.
And the no one will get the arbitration cases unless they're friendly to the U how many did chancellor Klein what it was something like 888.
With Clinton and -- -- -- to do.
What Michelle -- did because part of the thing is.
We know getting good teachers in the classroom and that means getting bad teachers out of the classroom and it's just been very difficult case -- -- -- these schools chancellor's.
In contrast to Michelle we're also careers they've bounced from one city to the next they know they're gonna get the next job they have their next -- the last thing they want to do.
-- sit down and make a big fuss with the with the unions.
And because that they think oh my gosh am I can get hired by Chicago or oral and and Michelle -- distinguished herself the -- is sad.
She's -- in it for the short run and she's also said interestingly enough that if the current mayor who backs her doesn't win reelection and -- in a tough reelection fight right now she might not hang around so this could actually this is a big.
Case to watch because if they.
Lose that missiles stop and the -- can breathe a sigh of relief if it succeeds that we could end up seeing the spread across the country let's hope that that hasn't happened.
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