Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Rhee lied about 'budget deficit' in order to fire hundreds of teachers
"Figures don't lie, but liars can figure."--Mark Twain
D.C. Supt. Michelle Rhee's leadership/management style, shaped in the boardrooms & classrooms of Eli Broad's Superintendent's Academy, reminds us of Enron's "smartest guys in the room" or Broad's own leadership at AIG.
In the blink of an eye, Rhee's budget deficit turns into a $34 million surplus. All this book-cooking so Rhee could violate the collective-bargaining agreement and fire 266 teachers at will.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, even Anita Dunn's high-powered PR firm may not be able to clean up her mess. If Rhee's scheme falls apart, it could also bring down Mayor Fenty in the upcoming election. Let's see how this all plays with teachers who have to vote on Rhee's "historic" contract agreement.
Ironically, AFT prez Randi Weingarten, who brokered the agreement is now telling D.C. teachers to put this issue of the mass teacher firings aside and agree to the new contract anyway.