What Are Your Lessons For Michelle Rhee?
My colleague Bill Turque, the Post’s D.C. schools reporter, has taught me just about everything I know about the inner workings of the city’s public schools and its one-of-a-kind schools chancellor, Michelle A. Rhee. He has an intriguing piece today on the second anniversary of her effort to turn around what is probably the worst urban school system in the country, if you don’t count Detroit. Bill says Rhee learned four big lessons: fame can bite, money doesn’t always talk, politics matters and beware unintended consequences.
I think he has those exactly right. But aren’t there more? Use the comments to this post to tell us how you think Rhee is doing, both good and bad. Should Rhee be so friendly to public charter schools? Is she handling the teacher contract properly? Is it so important, as Rhee says, to have teachers who think that disadvantaged students can rise high with good teaching?
When I interviewed her Tuesday for a video post on washingtonpost.com, she said about 10 percent of the system’s principals will have to go, and most of the rest will have to prove themselves, even though she hired them. Is that refreshing candor or popping off? Tell her, and us, what she should be doing between now and her third anniversary.
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