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The problem with Rhee’s successor in D.C

The new permanent chancellor of D.C. schools is going to be Kaya Henderson, to no one’s surprise, and this, to her supporters, is a great thing because she is, as they say, Michelle Rhee without Michelle Rhee. Maybe not.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 9, 2011; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  D.C. Schools  | Tags:  chancellor named in d.c., d.c. schools, impact, kaya henderson, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, michelle rhee, new d.c. schools chancellor, poverty and student achievement, standardized tests, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation  
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The ed report that all 'reformers' should read

Here are two take-away messages for school reformers around the country that are embedded in an important new report about how the D.C. public school system is faring under the 2007 law that gave the mayor control.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 8, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  D.C. Schools  | Tags:  dc cas, mayoral control, mayoral control of schools, michael bloomberg, michelle rhee, national academies, report on d.c. schools, standardized tests  
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Does Kaya Henderson want to run D.C. schools?

It just may be that Kaya Henderson, the interim chancellor of D.C. schools who was tapped to succeed Michelle Rhee, doesn’t want the job permanently.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 29, 2011; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. Schools  | Tags:  arne duncan, d.c. schools, d.c. superintendent, kaya henderson, michelle rhee  
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Say it isn’t so on IMPACT, Mayor Gray

Here’s why I was so disappointed to a plan by D.C. schools officials to have the flawed IMPACT teacher evaluation system reviewed by a Harvard think tank.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Michelle Rhee, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  d.c. schools, edulabs, harvard research, harvard thinktank, harvard university, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, merit pay for teachers, michelle rhee, performance pay, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation  
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Is Rhee's key D.C. reform being tossed?

While Michelle Rhee is busy trying to build up a national organization to take on the teachers unions, back in Washington D.C., where she was chancellor for 3 1/2 years, the new mayor may be on the road to taking apart her signature reform.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Michelle Rhee, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  IMPACT, IMPACT evaluation system, IMPACT teacher evaluation, d.c. schools, kaya henderson, mayor vincent gray, michelle rhee, school reform, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, vincent gray  
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Should Duncan have plugged Henderson for D.C. schools boss?

If Education Secretary Arne Duncan were sitting in the editorial board of The New York Times talking about education, do you think he would put in a plug for a specific candidate to be chancellor of the city's public schools?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 13, 2011; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Education Secretary Duncan  | Tags:  arne duncan, d.c. schools, d.c. schools chancellor, education secretary arne duncan, kaya henderson, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, vincent gray  
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Older Entries in This Category »

What Rhee wrought , Valerie Strauss , December 15, 2010
How Bill Maher got D.C. school reform wrong, Valerie Strauss , November 6, 2010
What Michelle Rhee did in D.C.: Point by point, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2010
Rhee's testing legacy: An open question, Valerie Strauss , November 2, 2010
The peculiar ‘ovation’ for D.C. teachers , Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
Is D.C.'s teacher evaluation system rigged?, Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
What Rhee's successor should do first, Valerie Strauss , October 29, 2010
Michelle Rhee's greatest hits, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2010
What D.C. schools need now: A departure from Rheeism, Valerie Strauss , October 13, 2010
Rhee’s big legacy: Being a whirlwind, Valerie Strauss , October 13, 2010
The irony behind Obama’s Sidwell/D.C. schools remarks, Valerie Strauss , September 28, 2010
Will Rhee be a footnote in school reform history?, Valerie Strauss , September 26, 2010
Ravitch: Why Fenty, Rhee really lost, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2010
Oprah and her warrior woman, Michelle Rhee , Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
While we wait for ‘Superman,’ let's focus on teaching, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
Why 'Waiting for Superman' premiere was chilling, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
Is that so, Chancellor Rhee?, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
Rhee should stay or go, not be a lame duck, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
What Gray, Rhee should do now for D.C. schools, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
If Rhee leaves ... if Rhee stays , Valerie Strauss , September 12, 2010
Rhee in D.C.: The myth of the heroic leader, Valerie Strauss , September 9, 2010
The (D.C.) Odyssey, starring Rhee and Fenty, Valerie Strauss , September 7, 2010
Education implications of D.C. mayoral primary , Valerie Strauss , August 30, 2010
Should Rhee stay or go?, Valerie Strauss , August 18, 2010
The problem with how Rhee fired teachers, Valerie Strauss , July 23, 2010
Rhee’s problem with D.C.’s new test scores , Valerie Strauss , July 13, 2010
Why Rhee's mayoral comments are troubling, Valerie Strauss , July 1, 2010
Randi Weingarten: Rhee is wrong , Valerie Strauss , June 17, 2010
Rhee and her advice to NY: Hubris, or what?, Valerie Strauss , June 14, 2010
D.C.'s NAEP scores: Don't get excited, Valerie Strauss , May 20, 2010
Rhee, smoke and mirrors in the D.C. schools budget, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
Yes and no on D.C. teachers contract funding, Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
Rhee and the confounding mess in D.C. schools, Valerie Strauss , April 16, 2010
Rhee back in trouble with D.C. teachers , Valerie Strauss , April 13, 2010
Rhee's biggest, and most costly, failing, Valerie Strauss , April 9, 2010
The lesson in Rhee’s deal with the WTU, Valerie Strauss , April 7, 2010
Inexcusable: Empty promises to a D.C. school , Valerie Strauss , March 22, 2010
Should PETA be protesting at elementary schools?, Valerie Strauss , March 9, 2010
D.C.'s National Merit winners aren't all from D.C., Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
Help schools dig out of the snow, Valerie Strauss , February 12, 2010
MoCo schools hope to open next Tuesday , Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
Activities for kids when schools are closed, Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
Why Loudoun schools are closed all week, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
D.C. schools close: Better late than never , Valerie Strauss , February 7, 2010
Deciding to close schools isn’t always easy, Valerie Strauss , February 7, 2010
Should Rhee ignore the new poll? , Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Rhee: In her own words , Valerie Strauss , January 28, 2010
Rhee still perplexing , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
Rhee in trouble; Gray not helping, Valerie Strauss , January 25, 2010
Rhee D.C.’s person of the year?, Valerie Strauss , January 25, 2010
Should kids take physical ed every day?, Valerie Strauss , January 4, 2010
Why can't kids eat in class if they are hungry?, Valerie Strauss , November 18, 2009
School meals: the breakfast sugar overload, Valerie Strauss , November 16, 2009
The rush to hold kids back – does it make sense?, Valerie Strauss , November 9, 2009
Enough feuding! It's time for a D.C. schools summit , Valerie Strauss , October 31, 2009
Getting Kids To and From School Safely--Part 2, Valerie Strauss , October 14, 2009
What's Going On In D.C.?, Valerie Strauss , October 2, 2009
The Power of Magic (Johnson), Washington Post editors , September 25, 2009
A Troubling Trend in D.C. Schools, Washington Post Editors , September 22, 2009
The Same Story in D.C., Valerie Strauss , September 17, 2009
Willingham: Student "Learning Styles" Theory Is Bunk, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2009
P.S.: Who Watched Obama's Back-to-School Speech, Valerie Strauss , September 11, 2009
 
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