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What grade would you give Rhee?

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's resignation will be announced at a news conference tomorrow morning. What grade would you give her tenure leading the city's schools? Vote in the poll below and explain your rating in the comments.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 12, 2010; 8:03 PM ET
Categories:  Michelle Rhee  
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Decades of failure; 3 years of progress.

Posted by: paladiniii | October 12, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I gave her a D. Why? Well, when I consider everything there were positives and negatives. The positives: the catalyst schools, which I think were the most intelligent thing she introduced into DC; the streamlining of downtown and the better responses from downtown folk. The negatives: trying to make accomplishments into more than they were; pathetic people skills; an unwillingness to work well with others; poor management of money; over-reliance on consultants (costing DCPS millions and driving DCPS into a deficit); false advertising about herself; not making the most of the assets that existed before she arrived here; not really getting rid of the poorest quality teachers (I know this for a fact at my school and several others); messing with schools that were already working, and not only not improving those schools but making them worse (e.g. Oyster, Hardy, Stoddard); general obtuseness.

Posted by: adcteacher1 | October 12, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Not a good Idea! Ms. Rhee should hang in there. American school children of all ages need a more strict task maker if they wish to get ahead in life. Today there are no many side issues such as the internet, computer, games of course television too, plus two parents working that interfere with quality study time at school and at home, in short, it takes hard work to get ahead and one will not find success by watching a single mother such as Bristol Palin Dancing with the Stars (by the way who is taking care of Bristol's kid) The American Idol or texting all day long in and out of the class room. Ms. Rhee was a breath of much needed fresh air for American education. I am sorry to see her through in the towel.

Posted by: Rlupodimare | October 12, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

i gave her a D because she has over run her budget by tens of millions every year, and has increased the school budget immensly by spinning off obligations to other agencies. She also bowed to political pressure from the Mayor's donees on principal replacement. Finally, she abolished the alternative certification program run by DCPS to instead pay 2k a teacher from TFA. TFA people last about 2 years, and alternative certification folks tended to be older and more established and stayed in the system. It did not have to be an either or.

Posted by: DeniseW | October 12, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see her go. She brought nothing to DC Schools. Maybe, you who think she was so great let her run your schools and after a couple of years, see if you still feel the same. Plus, we don't need to give her a grade on her performance. She's already got an F(fired) when the citizens voted Fenty out to get rid of her. A perfect departure for the Times cover "Witch" to depart on the last day of October which is Holloween.This is just another Palin bailout to take monetary actions to capitalize financially after her 15 mins. of fame. Rhee is not concerned about children she is out here to destroy public schools and promote privatization/charter schools and special interest groups who will benifit financially. In addition she needs to be investigated for recruiting inexperienced teachers, if you want to call them that, from two agencies she is directly linked to at the tune of $2500 per recrut paid to those agencies by the school systems hiring them. Its all about her power hugry ego and she knew that ship wouldn't sail anymore in DC.Good Bye Wicked Witch of the West(Sacremento).

Posted by: frankiesimmons1 | October 12, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Don't give her an "F" or an "Incomplete" or she will be back.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I gave Ms Rhee a grade of F.
She would have been the superintendent, but because she was not qualified for the position (lacking experience and any substantive record of accomplishments) Mr. Fenty had to create a title/position in order to bring her on board.
If you were to really listened to her on Oprah all she could say was that she closed schools and fired teachers. She has said that the first group was fired because they were not qualified (IRONIC,HUH)? Then she said that they were fired for abusing students(untrue)...She said that before she came there was no way to get rid of poor teachers , because they were tenured (untrue),,,,When she took office as chancellor,she said that when she came she found textbooks in the warehouse that had nor been distributed...this was true, but no one stopped to think.... books do not 'grow' in warehouses they were ordered by the former superintendent and the teachers had received training over the summer as to how to use them, but Superintendent Janney was fired(in the middle of the night) by Fenty before they could be sent to the schools...Fenty also fired the warehouse staff so that there was no one to distribute the books.
Mr Fenty and his staff have found it expedient to take credit for the good works of others and to make their every move, no matter how insignifigant, seem to be earth shaking.
When you travel around the city you wonder, what were they thinking.???... schools torn down that were suppose to be rebuilt..dog parks where schools once stood...charter schools in buildings which once housed DCPS students many closed under trhe guise of having low enrollment and now operating as chart schools with less than half of the former schools enrollment.One wonders why we want to have everyone isolated instead of improving all of the schools. If these charter schools have the answers why are they keeping the answers to themselves? I know it seems to many that a charter school is a panacea, but I tell you a snappy title and a little paint will not get it in the long run.. I say to those parents,be careful you might be buying a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge!The big promises that are being made... your child is going to go to college because of their program, etc..don't be caught up in the hype.
Our whole country is in trouble,our best and brightest are only second best...(or 25th best).The AFT has been warning us of this for over 15 years...no one was listening. It took President Obama saying it to finally get some people to take notice. Now , as usual,in this country we are looking for the 'quick fix'...not gonna happen... by making Ms Rhee the criteria for who we need to give us our solution,the President has put us in a tenuous situation....I don't think a person who found it funny to tell a group of new teachers how she taped children;s mouths when she was a new teacher, is now a qualified spokesperson for education in theU.S.A.Perhaps the President should take a second look.

Posted by: sandrapone1 | October 12, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Who can trust Rhee? Rhee doesn't have any credibility or credentials in Education. Also, Rhee is fiscally irresponsible and had one agenda, overhiring Teachers for America (TFA)!!! Fenty gave Rhee autonomy and an open check book!!! Rhee's grade is a F. She screwed DCPS up!!

How many new employees did Rhee hired for SY 10-11?

Enough is Enough!!

Posted by: sheilahgill | October 13, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Rhee's effort to change DC schools from a festering cesspool of incompetence into even a mediocre system was heroic.


Posted by: oldmagnolia | October 13, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I gave her an A. I am a DC Public Schools graduate and I have children in public schools now. I am happy that finally someone stood up to the unions and that she did her level best for the kids of DC. There are good teachers and principals in the DC school system ( I will always be grateful to the few I had in my time there over 20 years ago). But those who were coasting and being protected by the unions needed to go. I am sorry to see Michelle Rhee go and hope that this is not a sign of a backward slide for education reform!

Posted by: soleil2000 | October 13, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Even in the midst of a recession DC has been so clean and safe and boring. When students stay in school and study they get into less trouble. Hooray to rewarding the best and brightest teachers.

Posted by: jercha | October 13, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

After decades of abject failure in D.C. schools, Rhee managed to turn the tide into three years of progress and improvement. She made tough, unpopular decisions that worked. I guess D.C. residents are happy to welcome back the crappy teachers, the low test scores, and the closed barely inhabitable schools of their recent past. As a product of DCPS, it's sad that city residents don't have the fortitude or aptitude to do what's difficult. We'd rather do what's comfortable even though what's comfortable has been a proven failure. Ms. Rhee will be hired quickly and will move some other school district forward while we in the district will be digging up our failed past.

Posted by: tank1906 | October 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I gave her a "C" because most of the gains students made were a result of Clifford Janey's implementation of a new curriculum and a new assessment.

Posted by: linroy62 | October 13, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Raised the test scores of the DC school children. Actually introduced a plan by which the children might learn basic concepts to compete in the job market place. (Tried) to make the teachers understand the concept of excellence in the classrooms. Introduced accountability.
Sounds like an A to me.

Posted by: SidelinesObservant | October 13, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I am not surprised that DC teachers score her on the D or worse scale...those teachers hated her for not always kissing their butts and giving money to the incompetent and lazy teachers - as has always been done before Dr. Rhee.

Now Vince Gray can appoint another sorry fool black person to "run" the school system...just like it was run B.R. (Before Rhee).

Posted by: MoonDoggie | October 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

She took the right approach. To clean out the rats nest that is the DC school system, you have to kill some rats? Rhee may have been arogant, ignored some local cronies, but she had the courage to stand up to the teachers union for the betterment of the kids.

Rhee was hated for getting rid of bad teachers. She ought to get a medal! Back to the good old days of Barry style politics.

Posted by: sbf845 | October 13, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

her resignation demonstrates how much she cares about children.

she was just another political appointee cashing in.

without her pal Fenty, she might of actually had to work for the money.

so she chose the highway.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I gave her an F because she wasn't qualified to a school sysytem because she hd not expeerience. Maybe had she been an educator she would have understand her role better. I mean there are certain things you don't say in public. There's this thing where when your introducing something new you engage a particular core audience, like parents for instance. You don't just forced something new on people without telling what it is and why you're doing it. I'm glad she is leaving. The District school will better without her.

Posted by: ania2007 | October 13, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I gave her an F because she wasn't qualified to a school sysytem because she hd not expeerience. Maybe had she been an educator she would have understood her role better. I mean there are certain things you don't say in public. There's this thing where when your introducing something new you engage a particular core audience, like parents for instance. You don't just forced something new on people without telling what it is and why you're doing it. I'm glad she is leaving. The District schools will better without her.

Posted by: ania2007 | October 13, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I gave her an F because she wasn't qualified to run a school sysytem because she had no experience. Maybe had she been an educator she would have understood her role better. I mean there are certain things you don't say in public. There's this thing where when your introducing something new you engage a particular core audience, like parents for instance. You don't just forced something new on people without telling what it is and why you're doing it. I'm glad she is leaving. The District schools will better without her.

Posted by: ania2007 | October 13, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I give Ms. Rhee a B-.

After decades of neglect by former administrators she at least TRIED to change this corrupt and broken system. Many mistakes were made - but at least the public didn't get the all talk, no action superintendents that DCPS usually employs.

It is too bad the citizens of DC would rather prepare their youngsters for welfare or prison rather than for a college education and a job.

Posted by: ThrityYearResident | October 13, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

D- for Deception:

Gray must expose Rhee's fraudulent stats and commence a sincere effort to reform DCPS. If he doesn’t, his administration will be blamed for the imminent and drastic decline in Rhee’s unbridled claims. Michelle Rhee’s version of ed reform was nothing but a PR campaign for her career.

I still can't believe she had the audacity to proclaim an increase in DC’s graduation rate to 72%, but her calculations EXCLUDED HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OUTS.

Rhee’s so-called improvements via unverified data were smoking mirrors to enhance her resume and propel her to Warrior Woman status and fame.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 13, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ThrityYearResident wrote:

"It is too bad the citizens of DC would rather prepare their youngsters for welfare or prison rather than for a college education and a job."
---------
What an atypical remark from Rhee's racist followers; this is the type of message Rhee crafted for the public about DC’s African American population.

Posted by: GoldCoast | October 13, 2010 4:06 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: newmanagement2 | October 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I gave her a "F". She was very bosterious and did not seem to care about DC people. She spend most weekends in Sancramento with her Boy friend which was a no no no. When she called off the wedding, it send a bad signal to the youth that it's okay to walk away from a wedding.... not good.

Posted by: yorkn72 | October 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Individuals complaining or grading her with an F are probably the lazy teachers who were fired. They were the teachers who did not care and thought they were 'owed' their position because of their tenure. God forbid they have a system that fires individuals who do not perform up to expectations. Rhee was 100% right for firing those teachers.

The southeastern part of DC will always be a dump and nothing will change that unless DC destoys all the crappy housing. Since no one will say it, parents(or in most cases 'mom' because the father is not around, doesn't care, or is locked up) do not care about their childs education or future. Gray will put in someone who will do a crappy job but will get support from ignorant individuals from these areas. So good luck to the lucky person who takes this job that NO ONE can succeed.

I am impressed with Rhee because she had good ideas and was not afraid to fire teachers/staff who sucked at what they did.

Posted by: speed654 | October 13, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

and the person who wrote the comment two up is the type of person I am talking about....idiot

Posted by: speed654 | October 13, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the day we should do away with Teachers Unions. This is what is holding back our education systems and lowering the education standards in the US. Teachers should be rewarded for the results they produce and be held accountable, similar to corporate America (although not perfect), rewards those that excel and produce results. Once u are tenured what incentive is but there to sit around and coast. Not all tenured teachers are like that, but a system needs to be in place to fire bad/ incompetent teachers and at the end of the day who suffers? The children. It is a DAMN shame that some parents don't see this and use their voting rights to demand change!

Posted by: Atman23 | October 14, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee does not deserve an A or B, despite what some people have stated above. She came in as an inexperienced Chancellor, with unlimited power, and showed carelessness in her statements to the media, parents, schools and the unions. Some of her statements were misleading re budgets as late as several months, ago. I fear some people gave her a high grade because she dared to challenge a poor system. We know that the system is broken, but communication skills are at the top of the list if you want to get some things done; especially, in Wash, DC. To "pose" with a broom less than 2 years in her tenure was bad judgment and very poor taste. Her meeting with the soon to be mayor Vincent Gray, was gloomy but the look on her face and her physical showing was disgusting! She looked as though she was purposely saying to the public I will never work for him and I don't even want to be seen in the same room as him. Good bye Rhee and may your communication and flexibility be worked on for future successes. You lost the race for Mayor Fenty, and he has no one to blame but himself. All sides need to be listened to in this uphill battle with School Reform. So now, I guess Fenty and Rhee are listening.

Posted by: periodot | October 15, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

ThrityYearResident wrote:

"It is too bad the citizens of DC would rather prepare their youngsters for welfare or prison rather than for a college education and a job."
---------
What a typical remark from Rhee's racist followers; this is the type of message Rhee crafted for the public about DC’s African American population.


Posted by: GoldCoast | October 17, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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