A report card for Michelle Rhee
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
| July 8, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
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