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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 07/ 8/2010

A report card for Michelle Rhee

By washingtonpost.com editors

The July 6 editorial “Michelle Rhee’s role” stated that enrollment in the D.C. Public Schools has stabilized. But this is not true for the high schools. In the three years since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee have assumed control of the public schools, high school enrollment has dropped by 16 percent (from 13,587 students in October 2007 to a projected 11,419 for October 2010). In the neighborhood high schools (as opposed to magnet citywide schools) the decline from October 2007 to next year’s projection represents a 22 percent drop.

The students and their families are clearly voting no confidence. While there have been short-term program initiatives such as credit recovery to support a slight increase in the graduation rate, the past three years have been characterized by radical changes in staff at a number of high schools but little evaluation or support. I urge The Post to be more curious, discerning and open-minded as it reports on education issues for editorials.

Cathy Reilly, Washington
The writer is director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators (SHAPPE).

With respect to your July 6 editorial on D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, there is absolutely more work to be done to address the problems in D.C. public schools, which is why I would suggest the following campaign sign for our current mayor: Rhee-elect Adrian Fenty.

Patricia Harris, Washington


By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 8, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, education, schools  
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Comments

Regarding “Rhee-elect Adrian Fenty,” I submit that a “Rhee-incarnate the Chancellor” campaign is also needed.

For citizens who really believe that only Michelle Rhee is capable of addressing the problems of our schools, Rhee-incarnation is the only answer to keeping the schools going once she’s gone. She is mortal, after all, and, like the rest of us, could depart this world at any time.

Regarding declining high school enrollment, thanks for pointing it out. This information, with data to back it up, should also be prominently reported in the news section of the Post. We also need more coverage of the growing achievement gap and acknowledgement that DC’s academic achievement scores have been rising for over a decade, making them completely un-Rhee-markable as a campaign issue.

Posted by: efavorite | July 9, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I give her an F.

Posted by: aby1 | July 9, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

aby1, you're too generous...I give her an F-

Posted by: UrbanDweller | July 9, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

A... and keep rolling heads and hiring accountable professionals until it's fixed.

Posted by: mbm1 | July 9, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"A... and keep rolling heads and hiring accountable professionals until it's fixed."

Posted by: mbm1

This is a joke, right? No one in the DCPS administration is accountable or professional. It's nothing but incompetent TFA interns and yes-men/women.

As to the specifics of enrollment, the numbers are even worse than they seem. Last fall, Rhee artificially inflated the enrollment numbers by directing that student who had not submitted health forms and immunization records be allowed to attend school, in violation of DC law, until the student census was taken. School nurses were also directed (unofficially of course) not to send sick children home during the census.

Posted by: mcstowy | July 9, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What's taking so long to release the CAS scores? Cathy you are so right and kudos to you for hanging in there for the high schools. You have been the strongest support.

Posted by: candycane1 | July 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

UrbanDweller,

Is there anything lower than an F-? I think that's what I would give her.

Posted by: aby1 | July 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Once again...reasonable thinkers. F- ?

You are some harsh graders. Glad your not teaching my kids.

Improved scores...increased enrollment, improved DCPS national and local reputation, renovated school, historic teachers contract. And she can't even get a D?

How does someone get an A?

Posted by: politicalrealist | July 10, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

You get an A when you earn an A. This gal Rhee is a FFF-, loser.

Posted by: fivetogo | July 10, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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