Tuesday, April 29



CITY PAPER Nathan A. Saunders, general vice president of the Washington Teachers' Union, filed suit in federal court against leaders of his union and city administrators, alleging that he was "systematically punished and retaliated against" for speaking out on labor issues. The lawsuit is the most explosive manifestation to date of a feud that had simmered quietly in the past year. WTU President George Parker and Saunders were both elected in 2005 at the top of the first slate to be chosen since the 2002 Barbara Bullock scandal sent the WTU into receivership. With mayoral takeover of the D.C. Public Schools and the selection of Michelle Rhee as chancellor, friction grew between the two labor leaders, as Parker showed a willingness to work with Fenty and Rhee on possible contract reforms. Saunders, during that time, has stuck to a tough line on protecting teachers' contractual rights. . . In his complaint, Saunders alleges that at a December meeting of the WTU executive board, a member attempted to pass a resolution allowing only Parker to speak for the organization; the motion failed, according to the complaint. Despite that, Parker issued a memo on "Media Policy & Guidelines" outlining that the only official WTU position can come through the union's communications staff. Saunders' suit also tells of a phone call that he overheard between Parker and Squires where they discuss ways to silence him by tampering with DCPS personnel records.

WASH POST The District's spring Household Hazardous Waste and E-Cycling collection turned 16th Street NW into a parking lot most of yesterday. Cars were idling for hours as people waited to drop off paint, solvents, batteries and old electronic goods at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking lot. Some people eventually ditched their cars and carried cans of paint, gasoline, even TVs, walking for blocks to the site, part of Rock Creek Park, where they still faced long waits. One put a 26-inch television into a baby stroller and wheeled it in. And some just gave up. The inconvenient truth: The D.C. government wasn't prepared for the demand to get rid of junk in an environmentally safe way. With people more aware of the need to save the planet, having a twice-a-year drop-off day no longer cuts it.

Overheard at the National Mall reflecting pool as a daughter points to a Canadian goose: : "Look Mom! Wildlife!" - Eavesdrop DC

Sign at the Friendship Heights Metro station: "Hi, I'm Dan Tangherlini, the new Metro interim general manager" along with instructions for how to reach him



- Fenty is out to kill public education because he doesn't have the nerve or knowledge to fix the system. Of course, the schools have problems and will have problems but if he were serious about fixing the schools, he would not be moving towards a quasi-private school system. The poor will lose out here; those with money, will bolt the city. However, people have to realize, the city is changing. There will be less and less need for all of these schools as young singles move in, and families trickle out when they realize, the city is not for them. DC is becoming Paris; a city of motor scooters, and bikes, and condos. Paris is a beautiful city but it is not for families; DC wants the same. Fenty is leading the way for the city too; he will likely get recalled soon if he keeps it up. - Bumpyjonas


At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

except that Paris has really good public schools.


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