D.C. union chief on the front lines of merit-pay debate

10/1/2008 | Washington Post, The

The fate of D.C. chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's plan to pay educators $100,000 or more annually for giving up their tenure is up to former math teacher George Parker, who heads the district's teachers union. Parker is at the center of three opposing forces: older teachers who fear termination during the required yearlong probationary period; younger teachers who are excited about the prospect of higher salaries; and Rhee, who, if the plan fails to garner union approval, has threatened to push through a "Plan B" that she says would enable her to put the changes into effect anyway, but minus the major pay increases.

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