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Gray: Next chancellor 'won't be Cliff Janey'

Mayor-apparent Vincent C. Gray, who has held his cards close on the question of who will lead DCPS, tipped a couple of them late Friday afternoon when he ran into The Answer Sheet's Valerie Strauss in front of The Post's building. Gray, just finishing a visit with The Post editorial board, reiterated that he has not ruled out retaining Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, and that if he concludes she's the best choice, he'll "swallow it" -- despite her primary season trashing of his leadership style.

But he also said that if he did replace her, his preference would be for new blood, not a heavily traveled schools leader who has been around "for thirty-five years."

"It won't be Cliff Janey," Gray said, putting a stake through rumors that the head of the Newark school system -- and the superintendent that Rhee replaced in 2007 -- might be headed back to the District. For some Rhee and Fenty staffers, Janey embodies both a literal and symbolic step back, the kind they fear will come with a Gray administration. Gray also revealed that he's an admirer of Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso, who has garnered praise for moving reform forward without the kind of political tumult seen on Rhee's watch.

"I've been watching him," Gray said, citing a year-old Baltimore Sun editorial comparing and contrasting the style of the two leaders.

As for Rhee, Gray expressed bewilderment over her shell-shocked demeanor in front of the cameras after their Sept. 23 meeting. He described the 90-minute session as "a very good conversation" with substance and smiles that went smoothly until it came time to meet reporters waiting in the fifth floor corridor of the Wilson Building.

"She didn't want to face the media," said Gray, who told her that she needed to be there. It was only then, he said, that she "adopted a sour face."

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Gray could hire me as the chancellor. I have absolutely no experience in that area, so I'm just like Rhee was when Fenty hired her.

If Rhee, why not me?

Posted by: educationlover54 | October 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Please not Andres Alonso or anyone who wrote and signed that horrid Manifesto* on "how to fix our schools" that was in today's paper.

*
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/07/AR2010100705078.html

Posted by: efavorite | October 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

educationlover54, you're too late. You should have applied as soon as Fenty was elected 4 years ago. Oh, well. Just follow him wherever he goes next...

All kidding aside though, Rhee has been good for DCPS in many ways - providing more professional development, making trainings materials available online, better communciations, a more useful website, and (I've heard) better customer service from HQ. Her expertise in business was needed.

The downfall is that children are looked at in terms of their "data" and their humanness is lost.

Maybe DCPS needs two separate people to run it - one to handle the business aspects and one to handle pedagogy.

Posted by: dcpsinsider | October 8, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe DCPS needs two separate people to run it - one to handle the business aspects and one to handle pedagogy."

That's a good idea. I always thought that the position of superintendent or chancellor or CEO or whatever was being spread too wide.

Posted by: educationlover54 | October 8, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I think someone else IS in charge of operations. Someone competent (Anthony Tata - COO).

I don't recall Michelle talking about her great achievements in managing central office.

I suspect that's because she doesn't care about it and doesn't know much about it.

Posted by: efavorite | October 8, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

These are very positive remarks indeed!! Hopefully, Vince Gray will surprise everyone with a dynamic decision to either choose Rhee or someone from within!!!

:)

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 9, 2010 12:20 AM | 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 9, 2010 1:14 AM | 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.

——————————-

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

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: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the paid P.R. machine ---

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

------------
(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......."

------------
"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." ............

(continued, see next post below)

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE,
FRAUDULENT, INCOMPETENT MEGALOMANIAC

(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

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

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: maxjulien09 | October 9, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Encouraging comments from Gray. Why anyone would want to hire Clifford Janey, who was released early from Rochester (under a financial cloud), DC, and now Newark is beyond belief.

And, please, don't tell me about his great curriculum reform. He adopted Massachusetts standards, practically verbatim, and it meant absolutely nothing in the classroom because he had no stomach for reforming work rules at the same time, so teachers pretty much continued to do whatever they wanted to do. There was also no training that went along with the new "curriculum." It was a complete non-event as far as the kids were concerned.

Posted by: trace1 | October 9, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Well, there are many who comment in the WaPO who believe they have all of the answers, so there shouldn't be a shortage of applicants. In any case, anyone who takes the job can coast on the fact that they can do nothing, collect a big paycheck, maintain the status quo (failure), and be praised by the adults who get to keep their jobs, no matter how poorly the students perform. The other requirement is that they 'be nice' to folks because that helps to increase student achievement. No tough words for the sensitive DC teachers.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | October 9, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

teacher 6402 says, "Hopefully, Vince Gray will surprise everyone with a dynamic decision to either choose Rhee or someone from within!!!"

And then your job would be secure!!! --- and that would be best for the children, in your view, right?

Don't get your hopes up, teacher 6402 - Rhee staff should still update their resumes and get their real estate ready to put on the market, in my opinion.

Posted by: efavorite | October 9, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

dcpsinsider, I am one too and I think you're on to something. The changes in how our system has been run over the last three years cannot be overlooked. When I call anyone at central administration now, the phone is answered on the second ring by a courteous, helpful person. For many years I endured "mailbox full" or no answer at all. Do I agree with everything Ms. Rhee has done regarding children and teachers, no. But let's all admit that many of her painful changes needed to happen. I firmly believe we are on the right path now with a few minor adjustments.

Posted by: pat1117 | October 9, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

evavorite -- and I thought u were interested in a top position in the strengthened DCPS management hierarchy. You'd be great leading the research and evaluation function. Even now, I can just hear your spirited exchanges with your boss, the Chancellor. If you are interested, your name could be put up for consideration, with no problem.

Posted by: axolotl | October 9, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Will ELI BROAD (the Southern Calif. real estate mogul
& rhee-form oligarch, otherwise known as
Sugar Daddy Warbucks) please clean up after your
narcissistic hyena of hubris, her deep dippity-do
& stinking pile of hypocrisy !

Will ELI BROAD & cronies
please arrange (ASAP !)
a consulting gig for his
political concubine & broom-humping pet
rabid MICHELLE RHEE ---

if she's got too many skeletons rattling
in the closet (along with Kevin Johnson,
including financial misappropriation scandals,
cover-up of sexual misconduct with
minor students & teenage staff,
and a range of federal /state /city
illegalities & violations) --
and if no other school district
will hire Chancellor Queen Rhee
(because she's not qualified to actually
be a school-district superintendent)
--- it's not the DC voters' problem !!!

There are excellent, experienced,
qualified candidates who are ready
to replace her and ready to implement
strategic, viable improvements.

Rhee-move her !


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

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

@"honest"policy -- Nice spam, bama. Learn to spell and use punctuation first.

Posted by: bs2004 | October 9, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

pat11117-
Exactly right. Central office was a black hole when Cliff Janey was in charge. Serious concerns were ignored. "Mailbox full" was the easiest way to avoid phone calls.

Vince Gray is not looking in the rear view mirror and that is a good sign.

Posted by: trace1 | October 9, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The thing is, pat111, that no one would disagree with you that before Rhee came that central office operations needed to be improved and hardly anyone would have disagreed that schools needed to be closed.

Many have disagreed since, though, on how Rhee has maligned teachers, juggled the numbers (both budget and student performance stats) and disregarded parent and community concerns. Those issues can't be overlooked either, nor should they be diminished in importance or viewed as simply minor adjustments.

Posted by: efavorite | October 9, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Quite a few people believed that Rhee was putting on the "bruised" look when she appeared with the presumptive Mayor after their meeting for sympathy.

I did not want to believe that she would stoop quite that low. There is always an agenda with this woman, and it rarely has anything to do with the interests of our children.

We could do so, so much better than Rhee.

Posted by: vscribe | October 9, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Just the facts:

At the Sept. 23 press briefing,
Michelle was pouting, sulking and attempting
to hide her self off to the side in the
corner of the room (and also,
she was clutching a large black
handbag with both hands)
because --
she didn't want the camera-wielding media
& the general public
to observe that upon returning
from her haphazard,
so-called "pre-honeymoon" (sic)
in Hawaii with KJ (after the
abruptly cancelled elaborate-wedding hoopla
& the suddenly dis-invited & disrespected guests,
after prior displays flashing her
('hush-money') diamond rock to the media,
after setting up various
luxury wedding gift registries
(featuring high-priced items),
after several news reporters mistakenly
published that she was on her honeymoon
& had already gotten married Labor Day weekend)
-- she actually was not wearing
a wedding ring yet.

Her betrothed, slick-maneuvering
Kevin Johnson (infamous for
caressing & compromising H.S. students,
teen minors & Americorps subordinate staff)
announced in a press conference
that very week --
"I'm not married yet,
and that's all I'm gonna say about it."

You almost have to feel sorry
for the pathetic handbag clutcher --
if it wasn't for her
clueless, brazen hubris
as a warped, broom-humping
huckster & henchwoman
fronting for the edu-profiteers,
testing corporations, and the
Hedge Fund boys.

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

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Just the facts:

At the Sept. 23 press briefing,
Michelle was pouting, sulking and attempting
to hide her self off to the side in the corner of the room
(and also, she was clutching a large black
handbag with both hands)
because --
she didn't want the camera-wielding media
& the general public to observe that upon returning
from her haphazard,
so-called "pre-honeymoon" (sic) in Hawaii with KJ
(after the abruptly cancelled elaborate-wedding hoopla
& the suddenly dis-invited & disrespected guests,
after prior displays flashing her ('hush-money') diamond rock
to the media, after setting up various luxury wedding gift registries (featuring high-priced items),
after several news reporters mistakenly published that she was on her honeymoon & had already gotten married Labor Day weekend)
-- she actually was
not wearing a wedding ring yet.

Her betrothed, slick-maneuvering Kevin Johnson
(infamous for caressing & compromising H.S. students,
teen minors & Americorps subordinate staff & then offering "keep quiet" payments)
announced in a press conference
that very same week of September --
"I'm not married yet,
and that's all I'm gonna say about it."

You almost have to feel sorry
for the pathetic handbag clutcher --
if it wasn't for her
clueless, brazen hubris
as a warped, broom-humping
huckster & henchwoman
fronting for the edu-profiteers,
testing corporations, and the
Hedge Fund boys.

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

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Will put in a good word for you.

Posted by: axolotl | October 9, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Honestpolicy,
These are the same comments you have been posting for the last several weeks regarding Ms. Rhee. Either add something more substantive to the conversation or move along (and I have no dog in the Rhee stay or go debate!)

Posted by: sixofone | October 9, 2010 4:04 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.

——————————-

Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@ efavorite...
it has nothing to do with my job...perhaps, it's your job you're concerned about or perhaps you've already lost your job--that would explain your passive aggressive comments over the last year.

The truth is Michelle Rhee has turned DCPS schools into a "normal" district. Principals and teachers are actually evaluated based on what students learn- a novel concept, I know, in DC. However, in districts all across the country educators are actually evaluated based on student achievement results. Efavorite- What is it you actually desire? Honestly, is it a return to pree-Rhee? Teachers were not evaluated or even observed. Principals were politically corrupt people who simply gave corrupt parents and politicians what they wanted (not all of them but many of them- I know- I taught here pre and post Rhee). You frequently cite data that's comfortable to your points of view and unfortunately the Chancellor gave you this opportunity by focusing on data before any of her reforms took hold. But, here's data you can't refute. DCPS 4th and 8th graders outperformed their counterparts this year in a year when districts all over the country remained stagnate. And don't give me that crap data about NAPE scores improving before Rhee- because they were so abysmal in the past decade that they had no where to go but up. Under the Chancellor, the teachers are evaluated based on a research developed instructional assessment system--if you dispute that then please share data of a system in this country with a better teacher eval system. Teachers are observed unannounced in DC now which establishes consistency and performance expectations on a daily basis- please let me know how this isn't good for kids? The Chancellor closed down underenrolled failing schools saving the district millions- Refute this. For the first time in years, people actually get paid on time- I know I was here before Rhee when no one answered the phones in payroll- and don't give the credit for operations success to Tatta- Rhee picked him. 4 years ago, DCPS was the biggest welfare system in the country--where uneducated, ill prepared teachers who didn't show up to work on time (I know I taught with them), who refused to collaborate (many of them still do), who didn't write lesson plans (many still don't) were in the most challenging classrooms. But, Rhee has changed this. You know this. Perhaps, the question is whether or not you were one of those failed teachers- I suspect the answer is yes.

The bad news for you and those who desire to send us back to the corruption of Pre-Rhee is that you underestimated Gray's commitment to school reform. He will keep Rhee or choose a reformer. That's very bad news for you.

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, really? Professional development? Not so. Training in IMPACT, but nothing to improve teaching. NOTHING. SHe lies if she says she has worked to improve instruction in this city.

Fixing central office and rehabbing schools? Not rocket science.

Did anyone notice that the terror campaign and decline in test scores happened at the same time? Even excellent teachers like myself were stressed. (Yes, my children grew in reading by far more than the average -- measured and DOCUMENTED.)

STOP COMMENTING ON EDUCATION IN THIS CITY IF YOU HAVE NOT TAUGHT. And certainly not if you base your comments on Washington Post reporting.

Posted by: wakeupfolks99 | October 9, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

@wakeupfolks99

If you think rehabbing schools and fixing operations in central office isn't rocket science then you either don't work in DCPS or you haven't worked anywhere else where things operate in a normal fashion...Prior to Rhee people, including me, didn't get paid on time, buildings were falling apart, teachers didn't have textbooks, principals didn't even know what good teaching looks like. As a teacher in DCPS I can tell you that we never discussed instruction before Rhee--that alone is monumental and for many uncomfortable...anyone who is interested in improving instruction and student learning understands the benefits of IMPACT and the methodoligies associated with it...I have walked by many a colleague's classroom and they aren't even teaching content that is connected to a standard--they have no idea how to write a lesson plan or differentiate instruction for student learners--they refuse to collaborate because they have nothing to offer and they employ the same excuse for the lack of student learning- parents, society, economics--the whole nine yards! And God forbid you ask a colleague to cite student data--they don't even collect it. 3-5 more years of Rhee or a reformer like her and the kids will have a chance...fortunately, it appears Gray is in agreement. At 67 yrs old and his legacy staring him in the face, not to mention the legacy of our children, Gray can not afford to kow-tow to the interests of the union and these people who refuse to accept the dismal state of the education in DC. After reading his statements I am confident he will not let our kids down.

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 9, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the comments section ---
Anita Dunn P.R. agency
( AKA = the poster above
with the moniker "teacher6402" )

Michelle Rhee hired the
ANITA DUNN public relations agency
which is currently arranging pseudo-'grassroots'
(ie. astroturf)
publicity stunts, P.R. writing &
planted comments in an attempt
to bolster and airbrush Ms. Rhee's
image amid her misconduct & legal violations,
budget fiascos, mismanagement,
and obnoxious incompetence.

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the paid P.R. machine ---

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

------------
(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......."

------------
"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." ............

(continued, see next post below)

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

MICHELLE RHEE,
FRAUDULENT, INCOMPETENT MEGALOMANIAC

(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

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


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 2:08 AM | 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.

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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 10, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Everything is for the..... kids!"
"It's all about the kids!" --

(and also about
unqualified 'chancellor'
Rhee's $ 300,000 salary perks) !!!

So --
who is taking care of Michelle Rhee's
precious "kids"
while Queen Rhee is out-of-town
50% of the time (traipsing around
as a corporate concubine, diarrhea of the mouth
spokesmodel --
on her junkets) ?

-- what about the "kids" !!! --
you know......
.the DCPS schoolkids
and her own biological daughters (with her
ex-husband, the TFA executive paid for
with YOUR tax money, folks
--- it's called 'self-dealing')

Who's minding the store
(the budget, the special ed. kids, etc.) ???

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Hello, teacher 6402 and thanks for reading my posts so closely over that last year. I’m surprised, though, that you characterize them as passive-aggressive and surprised that you don’t think that I credit Rhee’s administration with closing schools and cleaning up central office.

I’m disappointed that you describe official data as crap and that you think a teacher evaluation system that narrowly assesses snapshots of classroom performance is adequate. I’ve heard even “highly effective” teachers say that it is not.

The fact that Gray is well-informed and reasonable is not big news to me. I’ve always known that Gray is committed to school reform and that’s one of the reasons I supported him from the beginning.

Posted by: efavorite | October 10, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

@teacher6402

Is your job on the line? Do you work in the central office? You keep campaigning for an inside replacement for Rhee. Why?

@dcpinsider

PD in DCPS stinks. That crew at Logan do not have a clue. Many are recent hires because most of the old staff retired, quit and/or move to other jobs because the person in charge is a mean-spirited nut who treats her staff and others like. She is rude, incompetent and needs to go.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 10, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

@guylady201001:

No, I do not work in DCPS central office. I think the reforms implemented by the Chancellor are beneficial to kids. Why is it that anyone who supports the new reform initiatives has to be considered a "plant" from the central office. This type of sentiment is condascending and unfortunate. The fact is that students in DCPS are some of the lowest performing in the country and we must change the way things are done. Everyone who is not afraid of accountability knows that a great teacher can overcome the deficits of poverty and social issues. Many teachers don't want to admit this because to do so changes the landscape of accountability. If you admit that a great teacher can overcome all of the obstacles than you have no more excuses for moving student learning. In the end, that's all Rhee wants- Me too!!

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 10, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Where is the "accountability" for.....
> the CIA and other corrupt
govt. & Wall Street-affiliated players
being involved with international drug smuggling
& distribution for decades (!)
-- deliberately inundating
communities & specific neighborhoods with heroin, cocaine,
meth, pills (MDMA/ecstacy), etc.
It is a documented fact that the CIA
& corrupt elements of the U.S. govt.
& freemasons have been involved in large-scale
heroin distribution operations and also
involved in the deliberately induced
crack cocaine epidemic targeting black neighborhoods
(for the purposes of social undermining
& political-economic control).

Where is the "accountability" for.....
> The 'entertainment' industry flooding
our youth with heinously toxic & cognitively poisonous
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES and
GANGSTER-THUG GLORIFYING
music/videos that promote
crime, substance abuse, disgusting conduct,
mistreatment & violence against women,
anti-educational achievement,
anti-positive values, anti-professional careers,
anti-healthy, responsible behaviors !
Where is the "accountability" for
self-proclaimed edu-profiteer BILL GATES
& MICROSOFT Corporation in producing,
promoting & pushing VIOLENT, PATHOLOGICAL
VIDEO GAMES, including first-person shooter
games, such as HALO !!!??? --
which too many of our country's
children, our country's students
heinously waste too much time messing
around with, messing themselves up with --
instead of healthfully & smartly
& beneficially using that time for...
productive experiences, studying, exploring/learning, participating in sports, teamwork, creative arts & music.
outdoor activities & nature, significant time
with friends & family, or engaging in community service !!!

Where is the accountability for VIACOM
& other media corporations (instead of the "BET" channel
being utilized for positive, inspirational, educational or
meaningful programming -- it has mostly
broadcast the worst sociopathic, demeaning,
undermining junk -- promoting
gangsterism & exploiting our vulnerable youth
with pernicious mind-killing crap.

FACT! --
Where is the "accountability" for Wall Street
& elite financiers,
such as MERRILL LYNCH and OPPENHEIMER,
previously the MAIN INVESTORS & SHAREHOLDERS
owning majority stock in the company
that produced the 'GRAND THEFT AUTO' video game
as its main product !!!

Also, what about the corporate soda-pop
& junk food pushers targeting children ?!

The reality is that ethical, caring, and dedicated
public school teachers have been the
'good samaritans' courageously
teaching with tremendous effort daily
to educate & constructively help chidren --
to transcend, overcome, to cultivate
wellbeing & achievement --
despite the grotesque obstacles
& destruction foisted on us by
irresponsible, unscrupulous, rapacious and
duplicitous corporate execs. & financial elites,
(societally-sabotaging/damaging,
corrupt oligarchs, such as Goldman Sachs et. al.
who've caused millions of chidren & families to be homeless).

Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Why is it that anyone who supports the new reform initiatives has to be considered a "plant" from the central office."

Because it is so unusual for a teacher to support the kind of teacher-bashing that Rhee engages in.

"Everyone who is not afraid of accountability knows that a great teacher can overcome the deficits of poverty and social issues"

This is a general statement that reflects an opinion and an ideal, not a fact.

Teachers can make a difference, to be sure, as can any single positive influence in a child's life, but to "overcome the deficits" - well that takes more than any one person, no matter how competent, idealistic or egotistical.

Posted by: efavorite | October 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Rhee is the best thing that has happened to DCPS in a long, long time. Nothing fights harder though than incompetence and the status quo, as evidenced by the comments below!

Posted by: yh132 | October 11, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Bill, I keep asking for your comment on the appropriateness Post Education writers discussing the choice for school superintendent, without disclosing the Washington Post Corporation's for-profit financial interests in district online programs, and virtual charter schools

Your silence on this question is unprofessional. Rhee has made her position very clear regarding online charters, and you are aware of the potential conflict of interest between public expenditures and tax expenditures for them. Your employer owns a whole for-profit subsidiary arm, which sells the things.

“How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education leaders”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/07/AR2010100705078_Comments.html

This manifesto puts the for-profit agenda right on the table: all Rhee's mealy-mouthed declamations about the importance of teaching are window dressing. The purpose of teachers in the classroom is to administer the for-profit fraud of "online learning", both in district classrooms and in the virtual charters secretly embedded in public districts.

http://www.kaplanonlineschools.com/district/solutions

No, don't pass over the link thinking you already know about "Kaplan Higher Education" or "Kaplan Test Preparation".

Open the link. Read what the Washington Post Corporation is secretly selling to your children, for its own profit, at public expense, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, "Kaplan K12".

Superintendents are openly appointed by mealy-mouthed billionaire practitioners of "leveraged philanthropy", but the Washington Post has not disclosed to its readers its investment in the destruction of the public education "status quo".

Rhee and Klein are closing schools out from under whole communities, so displaced children can be scavenged by hidden partners like Kaplan K12 Virtual Charters:

"Imagine capturing the per-diem pupil payments for every child, even if she never even walks through the door".

Posted by: mport84 | October 11, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

@efavorite:

Rhee doesn't bash teachers...she bashes BAD teachers...actually, quite the contrary- Rhee rewards excellent teachers...for the first time in DCPS history, teachers whose students demonstrated growth in DC CAS were rewarded with cash bonuses of thousands of dollars- I know, I was at the ceremony. It was nice to see good teachers, who take responsibility for their students' learning, get recognized and rewarded. I suspect you are one of those teachers who was fired or RIFFed because you can't teach kids. Let's be honest--you have no idea what makes a good teacher. In fact, let's put it out there...what do you think a good teacher can do? And how do you think a good teacher should be evaluated--on what basis, what measurement?

Please answer this question...you certainly don't believe a teacher should be measured on whether or not her children learn...so what is the measure? You also keep suggesting that my statement that poor kids can learn when they have great teachers...but, I have already provided you twice now with research about 90-90-90 schools...something you seem to keep ignoring.

I can also provide you with more research...see Geoffrey Canada's school in Harlem. Need more...or do you just want to keep spewing that "hogwash" you keep selling to people on this blog who are ill-informed. Perhaps, you will be better off continuing to blog on the Washington Teacher's Blog where no one who has a brain cell is permitted to leave a comment...

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I have an excellent idea:

Why don't we take Valerie Strauss' kids, efavorite's kids and honest policies kids and place them in a new school filled with all the "great" DCPS teachers that have been fired over the last year. Oh, and while we're at it we can take Councilman Harry Thomas' kids, who incidentally are in private school, and place them there too! And then let's see how many comments and editorials they write about the great teachers that keep getting fired even though they are so tremendous.

And what is so interesting is that every time you turn on the news one of those "great teachers" who have been fired over the last year seem to be still looking for a job--wow, they must be really great...every surrounding district has said no thanks!!

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

(post from ShinoTanikawa):


"Mr. Klein's chief accountability officer just this Friday publicly stated that the Dept of Education discard data in evaluating school performance when such data do not allow the DOE to draw black and white conclusions. This is the business model of education in NYC where data are manipulated by the administration for its convenience and PR. For Mr. Klein to plead we need to reform the system for the CHILDREN of our country is truly nauseating. Yes, adults should be accountable and Mr. Klein should resign for having failed the children in NYC."


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

Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 11, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

info. from ed harris):

"The irony about IMPACT is that its "father" Jason Kamras would have been fired under its standards as his students showed negative growth when he taught math at Sousa Middle School
5 years ago.
See Mr. Kamras's work here:
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/what-is-the-value-of-having-a-superstar-teacher/

"In both reading and math, the scores at Sousa were mostly going down during his tenure. And the school definitely did NOT make AYP, despite what his bio says. In fact, only about 14% of the 143 students at Sousa scored Proficient or Advanced in math that year; that’s about 20 students. Were they all Kamras’ students? ... If he had 4 or 5 classes of 20 to 25 students each, which is a normal teaching load, then he had from 80 to 125 students. Even if all of the ones who scored Proficient or Advanced were in Kamras’ classes, then 20 out of 80 is only 25% and 20 out of 125 is only 16%. Neither percentage would meet AYP in 2005. So, .... the claims being made about Kamras’ student’s AYP scores don’t measure up.

note: A couple of years after losing Mr. Kamras, the school finally rebounded" .....

Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 11, 2010 3:24 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 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

teacher 6402 - u are wasting your time, as efav. believes teachers have negligible responsibility and accountability for delivering education.

Posted by: axolotl | October 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"those "great teachers" who have been fired over the last year seem to be still looking for a job"

When Rhee is regularly in the news saying how bad they (and many more DC teachers) are, it's no wonder they would have difficulty.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post is practically acting like an employment agency for Rhee and her staff, talking about how the "talent" at central office is so much in demand.

Posted by: efavorite | October 11, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

teacher6402

You are truly a piece of work. Rewarding outstanding teachers by making them sign an agreement to give up certain rights is no reward at all. You may deny it but you are definitely a Rhee hired gun.

axoloti

For a short time you spoke with sanity. Now you are back to your foolish belief that all teachers want a free ride.

SAD

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@efavorite: Please provide one quote where Rhee has said how "bad" those teachers who were fired were...

Posted by: teacher6402 | October 11, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

It was an unfortunate photo - I know that Vince Gray is a gentleman and Ms. Rhee should have been invited to either sit down and listern or to join and stand next to Mr. Gray. Not Rocket Science!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

info. from ed harris):

"The irony about 'IMPACT' (evaulation system) is that its "father" Jason Kamras (currently the DC Deputy Chancellor, hand-picked by Ms. Rhee) would have been fired under its standards, as his students showed negative growth when he taught math at Sousa Middle School several years ago.
See Mr. Kamras's work here:
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/what-is-the-value-of-having-a-superstar-teacher/

"In both reading and math, the scores at Sousa were mostly going down during his tenure. And the school definitely did NOT make AYP, despite what his bio says. In fact, only about 14% of the 143 students at Sousa scored Proficient or Advanced in math that year; that’s about 20 students. Were they all Kamras’ students? ... If he had 4 or 5 classes of 20 to 25 students each, which is a normal teaching load, then he had from 80 to 125 students. Even if all of the ones who scored Proficient or Advanced were in Kamras’ classes, then 20 out of 80 is only 25% and 20 out of 125 is only 16%. Neither percentage would meet AYP in 2005. So, .... the claims being made about Kamras’ student’s AYP scores don’t measure up.

note: A couple of years after losing Mr. Kamras, the school finally rebounded" .....

Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 11, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

guylady: I hunger for every bit of feedback and compliment you provide.

You may benefit from reading carefully. There is a large number of good teachers, and also bad (ineffective, uncommitted, unergetic) ones. It is the latter who need to go if they have been given an appropriate, limited amount of remedial opportunity to improve and do not improve. With all the departures, we still have many like that in DCPS, from the accounts of teachers themselves and others who would know. All wards.

And stop bemoaning the contract. The more you do, the more you reflect on teachers' native intelligence, which is inappropriate.

Posted by: axolotl | October 12, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Everything is for the..... kids!"
"It's all about the kids!" --

(and also about
unqualified 'chancellor'
Rhee's $ 300,000 + salary perks) !!!

So --
who is taking care of Michelle Rhee's
precious "kids"
while Queen Rhee is out-of-town
50% of the time (traipsing around
as a corporate concubine, diarrhea of the mouth
spokesmodel --
on her junkets) ?

-- what about the "kids" !!! --
you know......
.the DCPS schoolkids
and her own biological daughters -- with her
ex-husband, the TFA (Teach for America) executive,
(VP/Communications Director Huffman) paid for
with YOUR tax money for schools, folks
--- it's called 'self-dealing')

Who's minding the store
(the budget, the special ed. kids, etc.) ???

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Posted by: songbird272 | October 12, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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