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The Firing Squad: Contemporary Politics

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Randi Weingarten speaks at a labor rally earlier this year. Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools Michelle Rhee speaks during "An Educated Workforce" session of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in WashingtonA brain drain for Wall Street could be a boon for public schools. "We'll get more applicants as a result of what's going on," says New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.


Clockwise, L-R: AFT President Randi Weingarten (Warga/NY Daily News), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (Getty Images), NYCDOE Chancellor Joel Klein (Lee/Bloomberg News), DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee (katemckeon.com)



While impossible to cover all aspects of the contemporary politics surrounding teacher dismissal via wiki-project, this section attempts to focus on the most prominent current issues through the lens of three high-profile urban districts, New York City (NYCDOE), Washington, DC (DCPS), and Chicago (CPS).  These districts are at the forefront of reform with regard to teacher dismissal, and all have different approaches for dealing with instructional staff that are deemed less-than-adequate by their superiors.  In the most direct opposition to these urban districts’ approaches are the teacher unions, specifically the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and its local union ‘shops.’


Click here to read more about the current politics behind the teacher dismissal process.

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