Michelle Rhee (in photo), chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, is making the Washington Teachers’ Union an offer that many of its 4,000 members may find hard to resist. With financing provided by private foundation, Rhee is offering raises of as much as $40,000 if teachers are willing to give up tenure. Rhea argues that tenure hurts children by making is hard to fire incompetent teachers, while the union contends that tenure protects teachers from arbitrary firings.
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