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Teachers' Union: We'll See You In Court!

Fired teachers fire back with lawsuit



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    Laid-off teachers in the District are heading to court to keep their jobs.

    The Washington Teachers' Union filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, spokeswoman Monique LeNoir said.

    Nearly 400 school workers were handed pink slips last week, including 229 teachers.

    Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee cited budget cuts. However, critics say the process was unfair.  Mayor for Life Marion Barry even went so far as to call Rhee a liar.

    Barry Calls Rhee a Liar

    [DC] Barry Calls Rhee a Liar
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009)

    Union President George Parkertold the Washington Post that the layoff "was done in entirely a loose fashion."

    "It allowed principals to get rid of teachers regardless of their performance," Parker told the Post. "Outspoken teachers, strong union advocates, they were targeted. That's the bottom line."

    Community members protested the firings on Monday during a rally at McKinley Tech High School in Northeast.  They've planned another protest for 4:30 p.m. at Freedom Plaza.

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    [DC] Michelle Rhee Clears Up School Rumors
    Chancellor Michelle Rhee answers questions about the recent D.C. Public Schools teacher layoffs.
    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009)

    Rhee told her side of the layoff story Wednesday on News4.  Get her side of things by clicking here.