Principal’s firing upsets school community

Patricia Guadalupe, WTOP Radio writes:

The recent firing of Oyster Adams Bilingual school’s principal has left parents angry.

Several hundred people gathered in the school’s cafeteria Friday to discuss the dismissal of Marta Guzman and plans for new leadership.

Guzman has been principal at the school since 2003. This week she received a letter from D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee that she would not return to her job next year. Guzman joins a list of two dozen principals whose contracts were not renewed for the 2008-09 academic year.

Oyster Adams is located in Cleveland Park and is noted for its diverse school population, where English and Spanish speaking students learn together. The school has been one of the few bright spots in the city’s education system by having some of the best test scores and being nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon school.

That’s why Guzman’s dismissal has left some parents dumbfounded and seeking answers from the chancellor. Parents say they don’t appreciate feeling disrespected and shut out of the chancellor’s decision making process. Some have talked about protesting outside of Rhee’s office Monday.

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