Mar 23, 2010

Could It Be The End For Principal Pope ?

On March 18, The Washington Teacher blog first reported from inside sources that Chancellor Michelle Rhee had pushed up the date to oust favored Principal Patrick Pope from Hardy middle in exchange for Dana Nerenburg who was slated to take over the school in June. Hardy is located at located at 1819 35th St. NW. Nerenburg who is principal of Hyde-Addison will now be in charge of three schools which is a problem for many Hardy parents.
One Hardy parent reported that her daughter came home in tears Tuesday evening after school only to explain that her teachers told her and other students that Patrick Pope is gone. What is strange about this recent turn of events, is that notice of the overnight change in administrators wasn't sent home to parents. As late as Monday, DC City Council members appealed to Rhee at the performance oversight hearing to reconsider retaining Pope as the school's administrator. So it seems that the many appeals to Rhee by parents, students and politicians have fallen on deaf ears. Stay tuned as more information unfolds on this story.
Posted by The Washington Teacher, featuring Candi Peterson, blogger in residence

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

SO " ALL OF THE KING'S MEN AND ALL OF THE KING'S HORSES....." ARE GOING TO MAKE WHO ACCOUNTABLE TO STOP RHEE FROM GOING FORWARD WITH THIS CHANGE? So far, the City Council have only expressed their verbal concern regarding this matter. Now, let's see what action will take place! Remember, action (always) speak louder than words.

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Pope has done a good job, too. But hasn't he trained a good staff who know how to run the school? I can't understand the concern about the school falling apart if he moves to another school.

Anonymous said...

Wow: Kinda glad this played out the way it did. It shows that Rhee really does not care about African American students or students who are not of a particular social economic status. It also shows that she has no respect for people; and she gets rid of excellent teachers and administrators. No one is safe oh; except her crew TFA. Hint to principals whose schools are slated to be re-built--get your resumes ready-- once a new school is built you are no longer needed: examples Hardy, Walker-Jones; Savoy; Webb