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Posted at 5:43 PM ET, 09/ 8/2010

How to clean up D.C. schools

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Robert E. Frye,
Springfield

I was excited to read Andrew J. Rotherham’s Sept..5 Outlook commentary, “Tough reforms, tougher politics.” I was educated in D.C. public schools and, as a minority at-large member and chairman of the Fairfax County School Board, I have fought hard for a faster pace of school reform. It would be tragic to lose the momentum that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has established.

As Mr. Rotherham noted, bringing about effective reform is hard work and may not be politically popular. But for the District to be a world-class city, it must make major improvements in its public schools. In approaching the primary elections, voters should consider this fact, as well as the time it would take to select a new chancellor. No matter how talented that person might be, the knowledge of what happened to Ms. Rhee would surely constrain any successor. Reform must not be delayed. Every school year is important to every child.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, schools  
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Comments

Dc voters are keeping schools in mind - the exact reason we want her/fenty out... you clearly haven't seen the latest test scores that came out... however we do have some updated and new schools.

All change is not good change.

Posted by: missboo | September 9, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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