Message from D. C.: We Don’t Want Better Schools

That seems to be the main message sent by voters in Washington, D. C., home of the nation’s worst schools, where the pro-reform mayor Adrian Fenty was ousted yesterday. Still no word on the fate of his gutsy and innovative superintendent of schools, Michelle Rhee, hated by the featherbedding teachers’ unions. Among other flash points,  Fenty and Rhee opposed giving the  teachers tenure, which is really superfluous since D. C. teachers are almost un-fireable anyway, regardless of how many thousands of students have stagnated under their gaze.

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the District has its own version of New York City’s infamous Rubber Room, where teachers accused of educational malpractice literally spend years without working–at full pay–while their cases crawl through the bureaucracy.

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