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Government of the District of Columbia
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Immediate Release
October 12, 2007
Contact: Mafara Hobson
202.727.2320 or

Fenty, Rhee Introduce Important Next Step in DCPS Central Office Reform
Administration submits legislation that reclassifies non-union positions in central office

In an effort to streamline the District of Columbia Public School’s (DCPS) operations, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee today unveiled legislation aimed at right-sizing central office personnel to more effectively support the education of children in the District of Columbia.

“I am committed to giving Chancellor Rhee the tools she needs to make the necessary changes to make our public school system excellent,” said Mayor Fenty. “Our children deserve nothing less than our best effort to truly prepare them for a successful future and making sure our system is run more efficiently takes us closer to that goal.”

Introduced to the City Council this morning, The District of Columbia Public Education Personnel Reform Amendment Act of 2007 proposes an approach to building an effective central office committed to delivering excellent support services to school administrators and increasing academic achievement for students. Once passed, the legislation will:

  • Amend the Educational Service (ES) personnel classification.

    By reclassifying all non-union DCPS staff to at-will employees, with rights to severance upon separation, this revision gives current ES employees the option to accept at-will status or decline it by separating from service and accepting a severance payment.
  • Gives the DCPS Chancellor the authority to create a Reduction in Force (RIF) and eliminate retreat rights within central office.

    Under the proposed legislation, non-school based personnel who report either directly or indirectly to the Chancellor could be subject to this RIF. Any employee affected by the RIF will no longer have competition, retreat or assignment rights, but will be entitled to a 15-day notice as well as severance.

“As Chancellor, one of my top priorities is to build an effective central office that delivers the highest quality of service to our schools and boosts student achievement to new heights,” said Chancellor Rhee. “The only way I can accomplish this goal is by obtaining the necessary tools to remove ineffective staff from DCPS’s central office, and this legislation does just that.”

With approximately 934 individuals on staff in central office, nearly 754 non-union employees will be subject to all of the proposed amendments. The remaining 180 union employees will not be affected by this legislation.

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