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Chancellor Michelle Rhee says that she laid off 229 teachers this fall because of budget cuts. Since Rhee tied the layoffs to budget cuts she was able to circumvent union rules. This has caused a controversy in the District with the teacher’s union leading the way by taking the matter to the courts.
In this interview, John Merrow interviews Jodie Gittleson, Eve McCarey, Crystal Proctor and Tina Bradshaw-Smith, four DC teachers who were laid off during the Reduction in Force (RIF).
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