The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

D.C.:
Here We Go Again

May 16, 2011

The Washington, D.C. School District notified around 660 teachers and other school employees that their jobs will be eliminated next month because of “budget cuts and enrollment shifts.” Included in the 660 is the entire staff of Johnson Middle School.

These employees are not guaranteed to get hired in a new position. Principals can hire newly recruited teachers instead – meaning less experienced and lower paid.

In schools, just like hospitals, airports, or any other workplace – experience counts a lot. Acting chancellor Kaya Henderson is carrying out Michelle Rhee’s same policy: attacking the very children who are most in need of experienced teachers, local schools, and small class sizes.