D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired 241 teachers Friday for unacceptable performance in the classroom, according to a one-sentence post on a Washington Post blog.
The number comes one day after Rhee’s top aide said the figure would be “sizable,” and possibly more than 200, as reported in The Washington Examiner.
Those fired were among 6,600 teachers and school staff evaluated for the first time in 2009-10 using the district’s new Impact tool. Those who scored “highly effective” are eligible for performance-based bonuses that could bring salaries near $150,000. “Effective” teachers stay on track for regular pay raises. “Minimally effective” teachers have one more year to get their act together, or they’re out next summer. And “ineffective” teachers — 241 of them — join the ranks of the city’s jobless.
Since taking over the school system in 2007, Rhee and her team have made no secret of their goal to get bad teachers out of the classroom and great teachers in.
“Our goal is to ensure that every parent would be satisfied even if we randomly assigned their child to any classroom in DCPS,” said Jason Kamras, the DCPS official in charge of the Impact system.