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Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 05/09/2008

A Question of Principals?

Post reporter Bill Turque gets inside the story of School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's firing of Oyster-Adams Principal Marta Guzman.

The school just happens to be the place where Rhee's children attend, as well as the son of Victor Reinoso, the deputy mayor for education.

Oyster's dual-immersion program, where native English and Spanish-speaking children learn side by side, has long been top-rated in the city with its high test scores and national Blue Ribbon for academic achievement. But that didn't protect Guzman from being let go after, apparently, a group of parents complained that she allegedly is not well organized and has a sometimes-brusque style.

Guzman is one of at least two dozen principals whose contracts for the 2008-09 school year were not renewed. Rhee has said she can't comment on the personnel matter.

Some parents are reportedly stunned by the move. Others add, that just like so much in this city, issues of race and class are threads running through the issues over Guzman and general life at the school.

If you're an Oyster-Adams parent, teacher, or staff member, we want to hear from you in our comment section.

By Marcia Davis  |  08:49 AM ET, 05/09/2008

Categories:  Education

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