Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee declined to apologize for negative comments she made about 266 teachers the district laid off in the fall. She did, however, admit she should have acted faster to point out that she was referring only to a small number of teachers. "I've been very clear all along that some of the people laid off in the reduction in force were promising or solid teachers," Rhee said. "I've never said that all of the teachers can be characterized in one way or another."

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