Some of the underperforming principals targeted for removal by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee may not actually leave the D.C. school system. An unspecified number may have what are known as "retreat rights," meaning they can return to the jobs they held before becoming principals. Most were either assistant principals or teachers.
DCPS, not exactly a paragon of recordkeeping efficiency, is actually not sure who among the departing principals has valid retreat rights. Those wishing to exercise them have been asked to notify the central office by May 19.