Teacher Firing Coverage Too Easy on Rhee

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Is there no end to The Post's fawning coverage of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee?

The Post described Rhee's firing of 200 schoolteachers as another chapter as she and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) "struggle to reform the troubled system." [front page, Oct. 3]. It was only in the 22nd paragraph that we learned that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) believes that Rhee's actions were unnecessary. However, rather than explore the issues that Gray was raising, the article reported only that he intended to hold a hearing.

If that was not bad enough, also buried was a passing reference to the fact that the Washington Teachers' Union has been unable to reach a contract settlement with Rhee for almost two years. Is it possible that she is trying to break the union? Some believe that, but The Post chose not to look into that, either.

Instead of throwing Rhee softballs about "whether Friday was her most difficult day as chancellor," The Post would better serve the public if it investigated whether the chaos she has created has only made a bad situation worse.

-- Jim Grossfeld


The writer is a public affairs consultant for various labor unions.

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