Teachers at Frank W. Ballou High School staged a sit-in last week to protest “reconstitution,” which requires teachers to reapply for their positions. The process has resulted in a number of layoffs, while some teachers have simply left the system entirely. WTU Local 6 President Elizabeth Davis sent a letter to DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson criticizing the way “reconstitution” is being implemented at Ballou and pointing out that “the constant teacher turnover at the school over the past five years has created an instability that is hurting student achievement.” Davis asked the chancellor to rescind the reconstitution order. The teachers staged a sit-in in the school’s cafeteria on June 15, teaching their students about the causes and effects of the policy, which is expected to result in the loss of about 40 teachers. Click here to see coverage of the sit-in on WJLA 7.
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