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Give Principals the Power to Improve Schools

(By Julie Zhu -- Montgomery Blair High School)

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Dear Extra Credit:

I am one of the elementary counselors who might be cut from Marie Reed school in Adams Morgan. There are very few, if any, elementary schools with 600 students.

Counselors are crucial to the well-being at any school level. The image of a guidance counselor has changed. My duties include far more than working with testing and attendance. I am nurse, parent, grief counselor, small- and large-group leader and much more.

Many teachers, counselors and other school staff members are living in a state of fear that their jobs might be cut anytime.

We are in the final weeks of school; the testing for the most part is finished. I ask for your help in questioning the decision making of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.

Betsy Wendt

The District

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