A Good Principal Is Fired

A Letter to the editor of The Washington Post writes:

It is unfortunate that Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee recused herself from the decision to fire Marta Guzman, principal of the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School [Metro, May 9], as Ms. Guzman’s removal did not reflect Ms. Rhee’s oft-stated premise that school system decisions must be based on what is best for students.

As a parent of two children who have attended Oyster over the past five years and a volunteer in several school organizations, I can attest that for all of her weaknesses — “lack of organization, reluctance to delegate and sometimes-brusque style” — Ms. Guzman always put the students first. To compensate for her organizational failings and perfectionist tendencies, she put in extremely long days. It was not unusual for Ms. Guzman to be in the building for 12 hours, and she could often be seen around the school moving boxes and cleaning classrooms to free up space for programs.

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