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Watch The Post's new Michelle Rhee interview, and decide for yourself

Our new On Education page has just gone up with my first in a series of video interviews with education leaders. I start with D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. She will be leaving that job at the end of October, but it is clear that whatever we think of Rhee, we will be hearing from her and about her for years to come.

TV only gives us an occasional Rhee sound bite. This interview provides much more. Listen to what she says and how she says it, and make up your own mind. We have rarely had a school administrator celebrity before. She is going to be the person the networks call in for comment on all kinds of school issues. I suspect she will also become a popular public speaker.

We have several more videos to follow, including future D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and some national education figures.

By Jay Mathews  | October 14, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Enough with the paid P.R. machine ---

political concubine & edu-profiteer spokesmodel,
the unprofessional prevaricator MICHELLE RHEE
is an over-hyped and under-qualified FRAUD

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(2007) "The D.C. Council will question
acting D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee
next week about claims in her resume that she improved students' test scores when she taught
in Baltimore a decade ago, council members
said yesterday.
Although Rhee acknowledges that she has no documentation to prove this.........."
(By Nikita Stewart and V. Dion Haynes
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, June 30, 2007)

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(2007) "The Washington Times reported last week that Mrs. Rhee has not been able to prove statements on her resume that students she taught at Baltimore's Harlem Park Community School in the 1990s went from scoring in the 13th percentile to the 90th percentile on nationally standardized tests by the end of her two years teaching them.
Ms. Rhee repeated yesterday that she did NOT have documents to support the increase......."

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"The Washington Times reported yesterday that Ms. Rhee, 37, has been unable to substantiate a claim of dramatic increase in student test scores during her three-year stint at Harlem Park Community School that she placed on her resume.
The lack of documentation did not sit well with some council members, who have criticized the Fenty administration for its secrecy in selecting Mrs. Rhee and for copying portions of a school report from a school system plan in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.
"The last thing we want is another unneccessary and embarrassing lapse," said council member Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat. "It's like 'Resume 101' —
what you put on your resume better be verifiable and accurate."
"If she's going to state her record of achievement,
it has to be trackable," said council member Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat." ............

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

(continued from previous post).....

"An earlier article described how acting DC schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's much-heralded teaching experience in Baltimore was part of an aborted experiment in for-profit management of public schools. That article pointed out that while Rhee claimed fantastic test score gains by her students,
test scores for the school as a whole had been disappointing. This suggested that Rhee's students and done inordinately well. Today, Gary Emerling in The Washington Times, reports that the test score improvements cannot be substantiated and he casts doubt on whether such gains were possible.

Rhee's resume says the following:
Taught in Harlem Park Community School, one of the lowest-performing elementary schools in Baltimore City, effecting significant measurable gains in student achievement. Over a two-year period, moved students scoring on average at the 13th percentile on national standardized tests to 90% of students scoring at the 90th percentile or higher.

According to Emerling, Rhee said the test in question was the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS). While it appears impossible to recover test scores from that period, quite a bit of data is contained in a 1995 report compiled by the University of Maryland, Baltimore City. The report includes CTBS scores of Harlem Park 2nd and 3rd graders for the years Rhee was a teacher. That data suggests that Rhee could not have made the gains her resume claims........"

READ:
crucial info. source == />
http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/101581.page

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

esearch the data --

pattern of FRAUD:
Michelle Rhee's corrupt, fraudulent hype

(edlharris wrote:)

"......Rhee lied about what she did at
(privatized, for-profit) Harlem Park school in Baltimore.

The GAO did a study of private companies running schools, and this miracle of Miss Rhee was not mentioned to the GAO.
So, there is no evidence of Miss Rhee's Baltimore Miracle."

You can get the report here:
(view the actual
facts) == />
http://www.gao.gov/archive/1996/he96003.pdf

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

research the data --

pattern of FRAUD:
Michelle Rhee's corrupt, fraudulent hype

(edlharris wrote:)
"......Rhee lied about what she did at
(privatized, for-profit) Harlem Park school in Baltimore.
The GAO did a study of private companies running schools,
and this much-hyped supposed (fabricated, falsified)
'miracle' of Miss Rhee was not mentioned to the GAO.
So, there is no evidence whatsoever of Miss Rhee's
self-touted 'Baltimore Miracle'."

You can get the report here:
(view the actual
facts) == />
http://www.gao.gov/archive/1996/he96003.pdf

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Just the facts:
Shaw Middle School's scores did not even stay about the same. They went down -- reading scores declined from 38.52% in ’08 to 29.20% in ’09 and it’s math scores went from 33.33% to 29.02%. This can easily be verified at the official website http://nclb.osse.dc.gov. Did you not check? Did you just take Chancellor Rhee’s or Principal Brian Betts’ word on it? The fact that Shaw’s scores didn’t go up is a major embarrassment for Rhee. She installed a new principal, who hired a new staff, selected for being young and “unjaded” and he paid the kids for good behavior and attendance. It seems imperative that Rhee is asked to re-examine her determination to pursue this method and not gloss over an obvious failure with her ongoing pathological prevarication & misrepresentation of the facts.
(as per writer
"efavorite")
--------------------------------

Michelle is full of herself..... and facts show... Her scores went down ! The ironic part is watching Rhee loyalists twisting themselves into pretzels to rationalize a 4% drop in D.C. elementary school test scores. Suddenly, the entire test-and-punish crowd is explaining to us how test scores don't mean anything and how test scores are tied much more to out-of-school conditions. The problem is that she has made rising standardized test scores a central measure for achievement -- hers, students and teachers, writes Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss. So, feel free to judge Rhee on her insistence on placing so much importance on test scores (as have today’s other titans of education reform, such as Joel Klein in New York City). She believes they are so important, in fact, that she recently announced that she wants to expand their use in city schools, so that, in time, every D.C. student from kindergarten through high school is regularly assessed to measure academic progress and teacher effectiveness. But judging her reforms on the actual test scores, well, as my kids say, “Not so much.” -- Posted by Mike Klonsky

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

remember this.....

CHEATING ON THE TESTS,
under (unaccountable) Michelle Rhee's watch.....


"Forty-five of Washington's 150 public schools had at least one classroom with an elevated erasure level in 2008, according to the analysis, disclosed by District officials this month. A closer examination of the data shows that suspicious erasures were most heavily concentrated in third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms at a half-dozen schools: Aiton Elementary (seven classrooms); Marie Reed Elementary (six); Takoma Education Campus (five); Langdon Education Campus (four); J.O. Wilson Elementary (four); and Bowen. Five of the schools made gains that exceeded citywide averages. Langdon's scores held relatively steady.

In some cases, the "flagged" classrooms represent the vast majority of students who took the exams in April 2008 in those schools. At Aiton, where reading proficiency doubled to 60 percent and math proficiency more than tripled, the seven classrooms included 136 of the 154 students who took the DC-CAS. At Marie Reed, 121 of the 158 test-taking students were in high-erasure classrooms. At Takoma, it was 92 of 168.

In all, elevated numbers of erasures at the six schools involved classrooms with 573 students. More than 44,300 students attend District public schools, but only students in grades three through eight and 10 take the test.

CTB McGraw-Hill declared the data "inconclusive," and no teachers or administrators have been accused of wrongdoing.

Former D.C. state superintendent of education Deborah A. Gist, who ordered the analysis last year after seeing huge jumps in proficiency rates at some schools, asked Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee to investigate further. Citing the CTB McGraw-Hill's characterization of the findings, Rhee decided against a closer look."

info. source ==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/22/AR2009092203812.html

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE is a
MENDACIOUS, MEGALOMANIAC FRAUD

(reference to post
by thooker65):

Read about the scam testing procedures,
described below ! ---

"My daughter participated in the D.C.
Saturday Scholar program for nearly two years.
After I found out that she was only 1 of a few students from each school that had above average skills in learning, (Talented and Gifted), were asked to participate in that program. She along with other students that processed that higher level of learning were in this class to take the test (the NAEP exam
a national assessment, deliberately administered to only a selected 'sample group' of DCPS students) --which was then manipulated to artificially bolster DCPS test score ratings, as a whole district.
So how does that make the school system
better (?!), if only this selected group of smarter kids bring up the school standings (via a clandestine process)?
After I found out what was going on, I removed my daughter from that program. I’m pretty sure that Michelle Rhee would like to take credit for the
better scores, but did anyone really look into that smoke screen of what was really going on, I can only imagine -- and when I found out about the program I felt sick to my stomach.

=========================

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

How Rhee's antics undermined my child's school

from a concerned
DCPS parent:

re: Michelle Rhee’s “mom friendly” comment,
prepared specifically for the Oprah show, about
moms not tolerating mediocre teachers being given time to grow and develop professionally. “Well ---
The unqualified, needing-to-grow-professionally,
TFA principal that Rhee PUSHED on our school, despite protests from a panel of engaged, informed, truly progressive, professional educators and parents with advanced degrees in education . . . . . (this TFA principal) hired and protected even more inexperienced, unqualified teachers who will take YEARS to develop into true professionals. But the principal and those teachers all know how to say “yes” to their boss. Too bad they don’t know the basics of how children learn, or the nuances of curriculum and instruction. It is hard, hard work indeed to have to reprogram my kids every day after school, to get them to embrace and understand learning again. Rhee’s influential, BAD decisions and practices, more than ANY OTHER failure of the DC Public School system, has me on the verge of pulling my kids out of school. Rhee embarrassed herself mightily at the DC screening of this film (”Waiting for Wall Street Super-scammers”) with her comment insulting DC voters. My kids, and the
350 others in their school, will not be devastated at all when she leaves. We assume she will head
to the business world for which she may have
more appropriate skills.”
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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The DCPS decline in test scores
in elementary schools
(Reading and Math) now reflect 2007 levels.
In actuality the drop was 4 points of proficiency.
These drops in elementary reading and math represent
an overall drop of 9-10% fewer elementary children
scoring proficient compared to last year.

One of the realities of Rhee’s brand of reform leadership is that our youngest children
are not being taught well.
See here= />
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/detailed-results-on-the-dc...

If the reforms were having an impact one would expect
that the third graders who entered the school system
when Rhee did 3 years ago, and are taking the DC CAS
tests for the first time, would have shown great promise now. Unfortunately the opposite is true;
the test scores show declining proficiency rates.

The most difficult thing about being a parent of a child in DCPS is the huge lack of analysis in the mainstream media and the general spread of misinformation about the nature of educational gains (or lack there of).
We have a lot to learn from our third graders and owe them a qualified educational leader who can truly enable them to have high-quality learning experiences.

Unfortunately for DC teachers, the greatest beneficiaries of Rhee’s lack of real educational leadership have been the charters — because people have flocked to them for cover as Rhee closed 20 some schools. But perhaps as a teacher you and your colleagues at the charter should ask yourself why isn’t the quality of the schools good enough. Why aren’t all children everywhere being provided with the curriculum rich learning experiences you benefited from at the private school?
What needs to happen next to ensure that goal?

I assure you it is not it has nothing to do with the desperation and other articulate passions expressed by people like Rhee.
It has to do with getting to the hard work of providing children with significantly enhanced academically rigorous curriculum and learning experiences —
including their families in the process.
Passion (and broom-mongering) aside, Rhee
really didn’t bring it ---
nor was she headed in that general direction in my view.

I have heard Gray speak on the educational issue and he has stated that he will move forward with reforms just not with the expansion of testing as Rhee planned. Hopefully that will mean that our children are getting higher quality instruction here in
DC, rather than Rhee’s’ ‘teaching to the test’ approach which has
hijacked meaningful, viable real education.

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form and pseudo-education

achievement gap widened

DCPS ELEMENTARY TEST SCORES DOWN –
DECLINES IN READING AND MATH

Michelle Rhee, unaccountable & unqualified
‘chancellor’
(note: she is not legally eligible
to be a school district superintendent)

“The DCPS had lower math test scores
in grades 4 and 8 in 2009,
and District African-American
test scores went down” …….
read & view the
data = />
http://www.examiner.com/ward-5-in-washington-dc/rhee-fails-on-nation-s-report-card
————————–-------------------

“2010 DCPS Test Scores DECLINED”
see news article,
DCist website: = />
http://dcist.com/2010/07/2010_dcps_test_scores_decline.php

Look at the data, rather than the
24-7 mega-media hype manipulated,
funded & produced by the Hedge Fund boyz,
Kaplan Testing corporation,
the edu-profiteers/financiers clique
& their incompetent spokesmodel rabid Rhee
– with her ludicrous lack of proven
teaching or administrative experience,
her lack of academic certification to be a superintendent,
her lack of reasonable supervisory procedures,
her lack of basic managerial skills,
her lack of team-building to implement goals,
her lack of community development
to facilitate progress,
her lack of professional tact, her lack of essential
communication insight,
and her abysmal lack of common sense.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

who cares. DC Schools won't score better until the parents decide that their children's education is a priority.

It is the parents education level and/or desire for their children to be educated that is the greatest determining factor.

Point the finger in the right direction. Every surrounding country has better test scores than DC.

How much Chancellor and School Board deck shuffling does it take to come to that understanding?

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee’s ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial gaming the system, and legal violations ---
in Washington, DC and also in Sacramento.

Did you know that every time she brings in a new inexperienced, unqualified “Teach for America” intern that she pays her ex-husband’s organization
(he’s the “TFA” Communications Director) a fee of several thousand dollars for each recruit —
which goes toward his salary and he then
repays back to her as child support ! ---
that’s self-dealing. ======= Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee’s and Kevin Johnson’s closets, while they’ve been protected from consequences by their big-money financier and corporate backers [eg. deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals
(including misappropriation of over $400,000
in federal grants), sexual misconduct with students
(teen minors) and staff subordinates, cover-ups
and ‘hush money’ deals
behind-the-scenes).
——————————————
Must-read important
news article:
http://www.sacbee.com/2009/11/20/2338165/kevin-johnsons-accuser-says-he.html


See website:
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else read the article in September's Ebony where Michelle Rhee proudly touts the fact that programs like TFA and her 'New Teacher Project'
are bringing in teachers from the 'elite' schools?
She had to backtrack when
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, challenged her.
And, Rhee didn't mention that these programs bring in teachers with no disciplinary skills (such as herself -- remember her fond anecdote about
"taping shut 2nd grade students' mouths
in Baltimore")
and these unqualified, untrained or minimally trained recruits are basically temp. workers not committed to the profession of teaching.

These programs are NOT designed to develop
a professional corps of teachers. No one becomes an expert in only 2 or 3 years. I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these types of temporary teachers. They are a band aid -- nothting more (band-aids are easily peeled off, fall off) --
a pseudo-reform sham providing cover
for a Wall Street-funded
edu-profiteering scam
that doesn't heal anything
and doesn't construct anything
worthwhile for the children.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@honestpolicy --- "I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these types of temporary teachers." (?)

re:
TFA & New Teacher Project;
educrat 'fink' tanks (filled with inexperienced
never-teachers, non-teachers or teachers who quit because they couldn't successfully, sustainably teach,
but they have endless jabbering,
tendentious tomes & reams of 'advice';
and, of course, the media-hyped
corporate edu-profiteers & hedge scammers
grasping taxpayer-funded $ (ie. corporate welfare)
dollars in their claws............

(significant, insightful
message from
'efavorite') --- />

"Because there is money in it.
There's Money for
the teacher recruitment firms that place them (ie. the New Teachers Project,
that Rhee used to run).
There's money for the consultants who vet the new grads who enter the program, then train them on how to be a teacher in
5 weeks, and there's money for the new teachers themselves -- they get a portion
of their college loans forgiven and get a tuition break on their master's degree.

So it's a big win, for everyone,
but the kids."

-----------

note this financial
FACT: --- The New Teacher Project
actually charges fees of
several hundred thousand dollars ($ !)
per each school district to embed themselves
as on-site full-time consultant staff
(within the central offices) inside the
H.R. depts.
of these particular school districts !!
Everybody do your homework
to research more about these
behind-the-scenes arrangements
with school districts.

-----------------

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"My daughter participated in the D.C.
Saturday Scholar program for nearly two years.
After I found out that she was only 1 of a few students from each school that had above average skills in learning, (Talented and Gifted), were asked to participate in that program. She along with other students that processed that higher level of learning were in this class to take the test (the NAEP exam
a national assessment, deliberately administered to only a selected 'sample group' of DCPS students) --which was then manipulated to artificially bolster DCPS test score ratings, as a whole district.
So how does that make the school system
better (?!), if only this selected group of smarter kids bring up the school standings (via a clandestine process)?
After I found out what was going on, I removed my daughter from that program. I’m pretty sure that Michelle Rhee would like to take credit for the
better scores, but did anyone really look into that smoke screen of what was really going on, I can only imagine -- and when I found out about the program I felt sick to my stomach.

=========================

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:25 PM
=========================

So let me get this straight. This person's child was receiving additional education that would help her achieve educational and eventually monetary success and the parent pulled her because she didn't want for Rhee to be able to claim fraudulent success?

Come on. What is this, a bad episode of 'Good Times'. No parent pulls their child from an educationally beneficial program because it artificially makes the city leaders look good.

If so, this parent just screwed her own kid out of a quality life.

I call BS on this 'testimony'.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@honestpolicy --- "I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools
with these types of temporary teachers." (?)

re:
TFA & New Teacher Project;
and a recent 'bumper crop' of educrat 'fink' tanks
& foundations -- funded by Bill Gates, Eli Broad,
the Walton/Walmart clan, Hedge Funds &
corrupt, criminal banksters (eg. Michael Milken) --
(filled with inexperienced never-teachers,
non-teachers, colonial brief-stint cultural tourists,
or teachers who quit because they couldn't successfully, sustainably teach). but these
waste-of-space wannabe
policy wonks emit endless jabbering,
tendentious tomes & reams of 'advice'.
Of course, lurking behind the curtain
are the media-hyped
corporate edu-profiteers, privateers & Hedge scamsters
rapaciously grasping taxpayer-funded $$$$$
(ie. corporate welfare)
dollars in their claws............

(significant, insightful
message from
'efavorite') --- />

"Because there is money in it.
There's Money for
the teacher recruitment firms that place them
(ie. the New Teachers Project,
that Rhee used to run).
There's money for the consultants who vet the new grads who enter the program, then train them on how to be a teacher in
5 weeks, and there's money for the new teachers themselves -- they get a portion
of their college loans forgiven and get a tuition break on their master's degree.

So it's a big win, for everyone,
but the kids."

-----------

note this financial
FACT: --- The New Teacher Project
actually charges fees of
several hundred thousand dollars ($ !)
per each school district to embed themselves
as on-site full-time consultant staff
(within the central offices) inside the
H.R. depts. (oh, excuse me -- "Human Capital"
Depts.) of these particular school districts !!
Everybody do your homework
to research more about these
behind-the-scenes arrangements
with school districts.

-----------------

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE is a
MENDACIOUS, MEGALOMANIAC FRAUD

(reference to post
by thooker65):

Read about the scam testing procedures,
described below ! ---

"My daughter participated in the D.C.
Saturday Scholar program for nearly two years.
After I found out that she was only 1 of a few students from each school that had above average skills in learning, (Talented and Gifted), were asked to participate in that program. She along with other students that processed that higher level of learning were in this class to take the test (the NAEP exam
a national assessment, deliberately administered to only a selected 'sample group' of DCPS students) --which was then manipulated to artificially bolster DCPS test score ratings, as a whole district.
So how does that make the school system
better (?!), if only this selected group of smarter kids bring up the school standings (via a clandestine process)?
After I found out what was going on, I removed my daughter from that program. I’m pretty sure that Michelle Rhee would like to take credit for the
better scores, but did anyone really look into that smoke screen of what was really going on, I can only imagine -- and when I found out about the program I felt sick to my stomach.

--------------------------
note: I arranged for my daughter to participate
in other educational & enrichment activities
(academic development and creative arts) on Saturdays instead.

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

What's with these yahoos, "newmanagement2" and "honestpolicy?" Get a job.

Posted by: philautry | October 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How about interviewing a teacher, or an administrator, or some other person who actually works in a school?

I mean, it's great to hear from noted national figures like Michelle Rhee and all (I'm not being sarcastic, I look forward to watching the interview), but most of them haven't been in a classroom for years, if ever.

If you want an idea of what life is like in a "reforming" school district, maybe you should talk to the folks who have to bear the brunt of that reform, even if it isn't sexy.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | October 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Good point Wyrm1. But one, individual experience is just that; one experience. Education research has exploded over the last 20-30 years over many disciplines. How aboput interviewing someone who sees the big picture and can suggest some best practices?

Posted by: mcstowy | October 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Jay, Michelle Rhee is so yesterday.

Let's talk about the next neoliberal domino to fall, the for-profit "sub-prime universities" like The Washington Post Company's Kaplan University Empire. The stock is down another 9% today. Check out this story on the freefall of the parasitic universities from Bloomberg today.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-14/apollo-group-s-forecast-withdrawal-drags-down-for-profit-education-shares.html

Posted by: natturner | October 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

for Wyrm1---I share yr preference for interview subjects. Outside of Rhee, who is the most atypical superintendent in America, I have always tried to stay away from top officials and talk to just teachers and principals. But the people who put together the new "On Education" page, and have actually studied what Web browsers are looking for, asked me to find school leaders, so I did. It proved to be useful with so much happening with the people I interviewed.

Posted by: Jay Mathews | October 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Mcstowy,

I agree... I guess my bigger point is that having interviews with the same "reform" crew that has been interviewed everywhere else is silly, and that is what I am afraid is going to happen. The very description of the page is "Jay Matthews talks to the Education World's leaders and thinkers" makes me expect the same group of reformers that have no clue what actually takes place in a classroom.

I absolutely agree if some serious researchers who could provide guidance and best practices would be awesome, as would leaders and thinkers who think outside of the current business model of education.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | October 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Her providing sound bites on TV has not a damn thing with her having significant knowledge of the subject. The people who have been responding in the comments section for the past couple weeks have confused celebrity with knowledge. Get her a reality show and let it be....she can cure school systems in a half hour show, kinds like Dr. Phil and Oprah.

Posted by: topryder1 | October 14, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The last thing education needs is "school administrator celebrities." Too many are out there now, attempting to put their own stamp and spin on old ideas with dire consequences to our public school students.
Look at the goals these administrators are laying out, see how they are measuring them, and determine if the goals are being achieved. That should be the focus of and on administrators. Not celebrity status.

Posted by: holland21 | October 14, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

topryder1, You nailed it:

"The people who have been responding in the comments section for the past couple weeks have confused celebrity with knowledge."

Posted by: efavorite | October 15, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I did not gleam anything new from the interview.
I'd ask her to explain why she won't attempt to move Highly Effective Teacher to replace Least (or Minimally) Effective Teachers.

Posted by: edlharris | October 15, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

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