What would the D.C. schools be like without Rhee?
By Peter A. Byrd
As a resident of Northern Virginia for 30 years, and as someone who focuses a lot of attention to and does volunteer work on behalf of public education, I have long lamented that the D.C. public schools never seemed to get better over the years — at least as I perceived them. Even a retired Army general, Julius W. Becton Jr., couldn’t get things straightened out after he took the helm in 1996.
Seeing Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in recent years cut through the stranglehold that the entrenched interests have had on this school system seemingly forever has been a pleasure and a relief. Despite Chancellor Rhee’s rough edges, the improved results of her work, which are just beginning to be seen, probably could not have been obtained without her aggressive efforts.
While I could not understand Chancellor Rhee’s willingness to campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s reelection, the thought that the D.C. schools are probably going to revert to their pre-Rhee ways is more than painful to contemplate.
If the reforms are stopped, the D.C. schools stand to lose millions in federal and private monies that have been pledged to help pay for the changes that are underway. Let’s hope that that looming threat will prevent things from reverting to the deplorable state of affairs we all remember.
| September 22, 2010; 10:02 PM ET
Categories: D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Vincent Gray, schools
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