D.C. council member urges action on D.C.’s mid-year teacher resignations

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According to the Washington Post's Alejandra Matos, a D.C. council member called the high number of mid-year teacher resignations at some D.C. Public Schools an “emergency,” and said Thursday that he wants Chancellor Antwan Wilson to come before the council’s education committee to address the problem.

The Washington Post reported this week that nearly 200 teachers have quit their jobs after the school year began.

“It is an emergency when a quarter or more of the teachers in some schools have resigned during the school year,” Council member Robert C. White Jr. (D-At Large) wrote in a letter to David Grosso (I-At Large), chairman of the committee.

The resignations account for about 5 percent of the 4,000 teachers in DCPS, but a few schools have been hit particularly hard.

Ballou High School, in Southeast, lost 21 teachers, or 28 percent of its faculty, according to data obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request.

White wants to hear from Wilson, students and teacher who have resigned so that the education committee can “work aggressively to find a solution.”

Matt Nocella, a Grosso spokesman, said the council member “takes this issue very seriously and believes a stable learning environment puts students in the best position to succeed.” Read the full story here.