Monday, January 10, 2011

Michelle Rhee speaks about life post- DC public schools

Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, DC public school system, recently talked to the Associated Press about her time reforming DC's trouble schools and her plans for her new organization, "StudentsFirst."

"I definitely think we did not do as good a job communicating as we could have," Rhee acknowledges.
Rhee wants her organization to support states and school districts adopting policies that enhance the teaching profession. Rhee argues that 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation should be based on measurable student achievement growth. She said a teacher's contribution to the community should also be taken into account.
Rhee says that Students First, in the long term, could bring resources to districts willing to adopt the organization's agenda. It will also work on informing people on education policy topics that effect many families.
"These policies are a major disruption to the status quo," Rhee says. "But at the same time, we believe it's really hard to argue against the things that we are pushing."

Read the rest of the eye opening article at the Washington Post.


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