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With layoffs, DC officials prove, once again, they can’t be trusted

Posted in Views on October 5th, 2009 by dcblogs

The 229 DC teachers laid off this week were fired in a crude way. Some were evidently escorted out the door and told they could come back on Saturday to pick up their personal belongings. Now the students know how vicious we can be to the people we trust.

Writes one DC history teacher on the blog A Polish American in DC: Guide to Teaching:

I’m shocked at the unprofessional, heartless manner in which teachers were escorted from their classrooms by police officers, or sent down to the main offices like a truant. Teachers should have been given the dignity of hearing this news in a private meeting with a superior during their planning period, not in the middle of a class, in front of students.

Meanwhile, the people trusted to carry out DC’s business can’t be trusted.

Some $50 million was stolen from the tax office over two decades. The District Office of Chief Technology Officer saw a bribery case this year involving thousands of dollars worth of contracts.

The recent arrest of Councilman Jim Graham’s chief of staff is another taint. The truth or falsity of the indictment and its allegation of bribery will be decided by the courts. Despite the cynicism that DC’s corruption history engenders, the court will decide this and the presumption of innocence must be respected. A plea of not guilty has been entered. But that legal process is independent of the need for profound honesty and humility in the face of this scandal from DC’s elected officials, and that’s been missing.

Graham tells the readers of the Adams Morgan neighborhood list that “I have committed no wrongdoing or crime,” which is just wonderful news.

The second thing subscribers to the Adams Morgan list are told is that the chief of staff is not involved with any taxi cab legislation “nor is he consulted on legislative matters which are instead handled by myself and our committee staff.” (This makes you wonder just why Graham needs a staff. )

There’s nothing in Graham’s response to indicate that he understands how the cumulative weight of successive scandals is undermining DC’s government. His main priority is distancing himself from it. The councilman doesn’t even realize that he has lost all credibility on anything to do with taxi cab industry.

The lesson for our students ought to be that positions of responsibility make you responsible, but that isn’t the lesson they are getting. DC’s officials are only interested in how they look.

It’s no surprise then that DC’s teachers, people who deserve our utmost respect, were treated badly, escorted out the door and thrown away. The teachers weren’t trusted, in the end, to exit with the grace and honor they deserve. A wonderful lesson for our students, who will no doubt miss their services. No need to write the next thought.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 5th, 2009 by dcblogs

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Some of the 229 DC teachers laid off last week were fired in a crude way. There are reports of employees escorted out the door and told they could come back this past Saturday to pick up their personal belongings. Now the students know how vicious we can be to the people we trust. Writes one DC history teacher on the blog A Polish American in DC: Guide to Teaching:

I’m shocked at the unprofessional, heartless manner in which teachers were escorted from their classrooms by police officers, or sent down to the main offices like a truant. Teachers should have been given the dignity of hearing this news in a private meeting with a superior during their planning period, not in the middle of a class, in front of students.

Much more about the layoffs at The Washington Teacher, Dee Does the District, The New Teacher on the Block, and this post at DC Urban Moms, The day in the Life of a RIFFED DCPS Special Educator. An expanded view on this topic by DCBlogs: With layoffs, DC officials prove, once again, they can’t be trusted.

This might be bad news for Apple fans who work with the federal government. The person who heads the federal government IT, Vivek Kundra, was formerly head of DC’s technology office. And DC’s government has been “remarkably frosty” to Apple. writes Bright Sparkly Jewels. Excerpt: DC Government continually and ridiculously discriminates against those of us who are Apple users.

Photographer Tina dela Rosa captures the high energy of the Crafty Bastards B-Boy competition.

A bike courier with 27 years of experience tells how the business is changing. People’s District, is a project that records oral histories of DC residents.

Ok, so you get home from your take out trip to McDonalds and discover a cheeseburger is missing. What’s your next move? Where’s My Cape.

On Being a Voyeur: I Have No Complaints. Life Outtacontext. A woman with the musical feet. Photo illustrates.

How to Make Biscotti at Home. Mango and Tomato.

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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 2nd, 2009 by RestaurantRefugee

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October is a time of reflection for Hannah, Just Breathe.

For the author of Italian Mother Syndrome, the only thing worse than the “Blehhhhhhhh” one feels while suffering from the common cold is the “Blehhhhhhhh” of pedestrian writing.  She has a prescription for all of us.

Have you ever encountered someone being actively or passively obnoxious on the Metro and had the perfect pithy comment to put the Troglodyte offender in his/her place?  Yeah, me neither.  franco.Beans who writes The Change I Wish to See hasn’t either, but he did imagine a really good one later.

Marathons are a wholly unnatural activity for human beings (before any runners get cranky, let it be known that I have run several myself) but we run them for the same reasons we climb mountains.  For the author of the Say Hay blog, it’s the preparation that is a finish line.

LivitLuvit has turned Thursdays into a cringe inducing late week celebration of Too Much Information*.  This week’s installment from the DC Blogosphere’s Queen of TMI involves pushing an unusual pause button.

* Go ahead and Google TMI Thursday and see how many hits appear.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on October 1st, 2009 by Foilwoman

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Cage free day care, from Sarah and the Goon Squad.

 Show and tell:  it’s not just for kids any longer, according to Stirrup Queens.

Did you give your mother a hard time when you were a kid?  Do you have kids (or are you planning on having them someday)?  Feast after Famine apologizes to Mom for past trangressions seen through the prism of Mom’s grandchildrens’ trangressions.

To aid people who might not know, The Plight of the Pumpernickel provides 5 Signs That You Might Be A [Not Safe for Work].

Life in Mount Vernon Square finds the police are apathetic:  a display of disorderly conduct — public urination — happened within ten feet of a policeman.


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