Dear APS board: Go get Michelle Rhee

Whatever you think of the cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools, the system will probably need a new superintendent when Beverly Hall’s contract expires next summer. All indications are that Hall will leave then on her own, if she isn’t pushed out before.

For once, there’s a good solution waiting in Washington.

Her name is Michelle Rhee, and she’s been chancellor of the District of Columbia’s public schools for three years. Now, her tenure may be coming to an abrupt end after her sponsor, Mayor Adrian Fenty, lost his re-election bid earlier this month.

Let APS board members waste no time before trying to recruit her here.

Rhee is just 40 years old, but already she has built an impressive record of tackling the stasis that cripples too many public schools.

Most famously, last spring she fired 241 ineffective teachers, or about 5 percent of the district’s total, and put hundreds more on notice. She evaluated these teachers not just on whether students passed standardized tests but whether they made satisfactory progress.

That’s a fair way to refine the use of tests to judge teachers’ effectiveness, while still making clear that students’ results are ultimately what counts.

“This idea of no excuses, we’re going to raise expectations and standards and change the culture, I think that’s happening in D.C. and I think she deserves credit for that,” says Kevin Chavous, chairman of the reform-minded Black Alliance for Educational Options.

Some of those same notions of raising expectations and standards are already at work in APS, although the cheating scandal threatens to derail them. Right or wrong, Hall will always bear the stain of that scandal, but she has a worthy broader vision for improving urban education. That vision seems to fit well with Rhee’s.

So, Rhee wouldn’t be starting from scratch here. And because she had only three years in D.C. to pursue her reforms, the work-in-progress APS offers her a unique opportunity to continue proving that they work.

Dovetailing the good things that Hall did with the promise of Rhee’s ideas also offers an elegant way to bring together the two main factions regarding APS.

The camp that believed Hall’s work was too valuable to throw out because of the cheating scandal could be satisfied that a like-minded reformer would follow her.

The camp that thinks Hall must go because of the cheating scandal would be assured that the succession was under way.

Some of you may have read that Rhee’s leadership and inflexibility toward the teachers union in D.C. contributed to the mayor’s election loss. If so, why bring her to Atlanta?

Chavous, who lives in Washington, acknowledges Rhee let her office “become overly politicized during this campaign.”

But he also says, “I absolutely don’t think the election was as much about her as it was about the mayor. The mayor had lost touch with the voters.”

In Atlanta, Rhee would be accountable to the school board and surely could apply the lessons she learned in D.C.

Should Rhee leave Washington, Chavous predicts she will “have her pick of the litter, so to speak. I’m sure there are 10 to 15 school districts in America that would welcome her with open arms. It really comes down to where she wants to make her mark.” (Sure enough, Oprah Winfrey on Friday touted Rhee for the top job in the Newark, N.J., school system.)

Race to the Top? Let’s race to the Rhee.

112 comments Add your comment

Teach2Learn

September 24th, 2010
10:08 pm

Interesting suggestion for APS – I’ll take a keener look at her record. Interesting that after 3 hours I am first. Where are your followers?

Concerned Parent

September 24th, 2010
10:08 pm

Georgia Department of Education should hire Ms. Rhee. We need a whole turn around in all Counties, especially COBB.

Concerned Parent

September 24th, 2010
10:10 pm

Kyle ask that question on Get Schooled. You are hidden.

small business owner

September 24th, 2010
10:29 pm

Rhee would be an excellent choice.

Kevin

September 24th, 2010
10:33 pm

If you really think that what the Atlanta Public Schools system needs is Michelle Rhee then you have not been paying close attention. I live in Washington, D.C, and have witnessed first-hand how crude and divisive she has been during her tenure. What is her skill set with regard to running an urban school district? How did Mayor Fenty happen upon her? Why were parents and school children alike so against her? Before you buy into the hype, do your diligence. You might just be surprised.

Echo

September 24th, 2010
10:34 pm

Rhee is a crap choice! Some folks need to do some research on Michelle Rhee. There is a reason why she is on her way out, and it ain’t just because the mayor lost his election!

Linda

September 24th, 2010
10:34 pm

Kyle, Please take my 5:38 comment from you previous blog out of moderation.

Steel Magnolia

September 24th, 2010
10:37 pm

The city of Atlanta citizens are desperate for positive moves by our leaders addressing all of our issues. Education is top of the list and pursuit of Michelle Rhee is critically important.
APS Board Members–Show us that you are tuned in and WANT improvements to our educational system….Get moving !!!

Steel Magnolia

September 24th, 2010
10:57 pm

Rhee will be participating in an “Education Nation” discussion which will be broadcast on Meet the Press this Sunday. Watch it !

Claude

September 24th, 2010
11:23 pm

I think she’ll probably stay on in Washington, but if she becomes a free agent, Atlanta should definitely grab her. She will fire teachers who lie and cheat to collect bonuses, and that makes her a big improvement on what we have now.

on patroll

September 24th, 2010
11:37 pm

oh my god, linda just stop.

Linda/RetiredTeacher

September 24th, 2010
11:42 pm

Yes, she’ll fit in well in Atlanta, if you catch my meaning.

The Only Moderate

September 25th, 2010
12:00 am

It’s not possible to improve APS without firing ANY black teachers and principals, so “the community” is going to have to sign on for that, or the problem is insoluble.

The DC school system is 80% black, so probably 80% of the dead wood is black.

john

September 25th, 2010
12:38 am

Wow. Hard to believe that the AJC found someone to replace Jim Wooten who was even less interesting to read. Replacing boring with really boring should certainly help sell papers.

AJnDC

September 25th, 2010
4:13 am

ATL, please take a deeper look at the DC school system before you buy into hiring M. Rhee. She will select and enhance a few high-visibility schools in a gentrified part of the city while others in the not-so-diversified part of town suffer (her wrath in many cases). Knowing the ATL culture and demographics, the honeymoon would end within a week. It won’t take her long to reveal the same coldness that forced Mayor Fenty out of office. In addition, she will alienate a large percentage of the parents because she lacks compassion. All the parents want to know is whether you truly care about their kids! She cares about her “system” instead. You can’t operate a system without motivated kids & participating parents. Don’t get me wrong, she has skills and is great with Pre K-6, but she isn’t the only one in the Nation with such skills. Robert Bobb in Detroit could fix your schools, but he brings similar baggage as well. He served in DC as well. Since she commutes from Sacramento, CA weekly (engaged to former NBA player and Mayor, Kevin Johnson), and doesn’t have children (at least in the school systems where she works), she has no vested interest in truly caring about ALL of the children. My suggestion is that you tread lightly! I don’t see a lot of motivated kids on the Metro each day. Maybe they’re passing the tests but there still cursing and snatching IPods! But that’s another blog entry with parental aspects as well. Just be careful in what you wish for, you may just get it – at least until she decides to stay with Kevin in SAC fulltime! Maybe a 2-year term could work? The commute is a killer!

DC Resident

September 25th, 2010
5:50 am

WOW! GREAT! We can’t wait to see Michelle go! And if the good people of ATL are foolish to believe the drivel in this bogus “article” then go ahead and bring her further south! Buyer beware! You are being sold a bill of goods! That said, I’m sure I can find a ton of people of here in DC that would be more than willing to distribute thousands of flyers in DC to encourage Michelle to come to ATL where she can mess up the APS, too. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

DC Resident

September 25th, 2010
5:57 am

Arlington, VA and Fairfax, VA and Montgomery County, MD have all been doing a much better job helping “low performing” (code word for Black) students for years before Rhee even showed up and still are! And without all of the misery she has brought to DC!

Models for D.C. schools? Try next door, in Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery.
By Jay Mathews
Thursday, September 16, 2010
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/13/AR2010091305235.html

What kind of research did Wingfield do before writing this “article”?

Like I said if ATL want Rhee, we are happy to send her to you. And I’d be willing to spot the money for a first class (ONE WAY) ticket from DCA to ATL for Ms Rhee!

DC Resident

September 25th, 2010
5:58 am

Dear Kyle: Go get a CLUE!

Ayn Rant

September 25th, 2010
6:22 am

Good idea, Kyle! Thanks for the positive, constructive post.

There’s an wrong notion about responsibilities in American education. I doubt much progress can be made until it’s corrected. Teaching is the responsibility of the teacher, learning is the responsibility of the student, and supervising the student’s learning is the responsibility of the parents. Determining what to teach, i. e., the curriculum, is the responsibility of the wisest observers and thinkers of our society, whoever that may be.

We complain that teachers are not teaching, and students are not learning. Yet, we give the teacher and parents no clear definition of what should be taught and learned. We confuse the responsibilities for teaching and learning by blaming the failings of students and parents on the teachers.

A better school superintendent can make a small difference in student learning by demanding better teaching, but only better parents can make a big difference. The superintendent’s ability to improve education is further limited by the availability of good teachers. Few persons with the education and experience to teach well are attracted to the profession: putting up all day with other people’s kids is a trying job, and the pay and advancement opportunities are not comparable with other professions that challenge clever and intelligent people.

So, good luck on improving education by better school administration! Let’s just keep doing the same old things, the same old way, with the same political “leaders”, and hope that someday the results will be different.

Shieldy

September 25th, 2010
6:40 am

Rhee is an interesting choice, I especially like someone who promotes, pays, & dismisses teachers based on their performance against ALL their peers. Why not get radical & consider Ron Clark?? Hire him & get out of the way!!

Ayn Rant

September 25th, 2010
7:17 am

Kyle, a serious subject like education is not much appreciated by your readers. As the token “conservative” of the AJC, you are expected to serve up daily portions of pig-drool politics and dumb-ass philosophies.

Here’s a topic you might want to pursue: why Saxby Chambliss employs a staff of 42 advisors, and whether other members of the US Congress maintain similar private bureaucracies at the public expense. This fact of interest came out in the media hype over a “gay slur” that originated inside Chambliss’s office.

We have a do-nothing, no-accomplishments, ol’ boy politician with a staff of 42 people to advise him on doing nothing. Most likely, they advise him on getting re-elected. What’s going on? We need to know.

Toni

September 25th, 2010
7:20 am

I don’t know if Rhee should become APS superintendent, but I do know that Hall must go in order that APS school system improve

gaussian528

September 25th, 2010
7:27 am

“In Atlanta, Rhee would be accountable to the school board and surely could apply the lessons she learned in D.C”

For thsi reason alone, Michelle Rhee will pass up the opportunity to work for APS. Michelle Rhee will be accountable to no one. The school board was the first thing to go. Rhee only believes in that entity as an advisory board. She believes that no board or entity should stand in the way of her decisions. If she says she needs to fire 350 teachers, she will fire 350 teachers. She will not come to a board for approval. She will bypass the board the same way she bypassed and disregarded legislation in DC. Rhee reported to Mayor Fenty, and Fenty reported to no one – although he technically reported to the city council. His administration was a one man show – Fenty! Mr. Wingfield, you really need to do some fact finding before you begin to advocate for Chancellor Rhee. Learn the truths about what she has done and how she has done it. As a former central office administrator of DCPS that worked directly with Chancellor Rhee and her cabinet, I urge APS to go out and get someone that “truly” have your students’ education in their best interest, not someone that will say, ‘Yesterday’s results were devastating, not for me because I’LL be fine….’ Check your facts!!! She is a dictator – if that is what you are looking for – good luck!

USMC Dawg

September 25th, 2010
7:32 am

I say we open up the field to people who are NOT associated with RACIAL GROUPS, ie Black Alliance for Educational Options, Black Teachers Association, White Teachers Association, White Alliance for Educational Options, etc.
It is time for the Atlanta Public Schools to get some DIVERSITY.
The CROOKED, BLACK racists politicians in Atlanta have dragged our education system through the gutter for decades.
It is time for the corruption in Atlanta to be addressed.

UGA Barbie

September 25th, 2010
7:37 am

I’m shocked that you endorse getting Rhee. You do know that she is (gulp) a LIBERAL! She went to those fancy liberal Ivy League colleges Cornell and Harvard. She’s also engaged to a former African American NBA player that graduated from that hippie hotbed, the University of California Berkeley! How could you endorse such a LIB. WHERE ARE YOUR CHRISTIAN AND CONSERVATIVE VALUES?!?!?!

get out much?

September 25th, 2010
7:59 am

I wonder how many of those teachers Chancellor Rhee fired were fired more for reasons of their higher salaries than their effectiveness as teachers..

rosie

September 25th, 2010
8:00 am

Rhee and her boyfriend have lots of skeletons in their closets. He has been accused of corruption for his involvement in a foundation and misapprpriating funds. She has been accused of cover up. Don’t believe everything you hear on Oprah. Ms. Winfrey is using her show to promote the agenda of Barak Obama. His approval rating is low and she has got to do something to make sure he is elected again.

sheeshLuise

September 25th, 2010
8:04 am

At least we know what your highly (BIGOTED) values are “UGA Barbie”. Anyone who feels the need to use a descriptor every other word has got to be off their rocker and mentally sick.

You probably have a beard and are a size 20.

One thing you are NOT is a “Christian”, not based on Christ’s teachings at least. But then again, that’s why “Christianity” I am learning more and more is a LIE anyway, because of people like you.

carlosgvv

September 25th, 2010
8:26 am

You didn’t say if Rhee is black or not. If she’s not black then there’s no chance whatsoever she’ll be hired in Atlanta.

Jamie Hines--Washington, DC Resident

September 25th, 2010
8:41 am

Please do not believe the hype of Michelle Rhee. Although it appears that she gets the job done, she is very vindictive, non-compliant, and brings a lack of respect for governing bodies. If ATL is willing to dish out millions to this lady, you might want to think twice. After 4 years, DC is still at the bottom of the barrel for test scores; and that’s after closing 25+ schools (the Ward I live in has NO MIDDLE SCHOOL!) and mass firings of teachers in which many had no reason for fire.

http://www.thinkwritedevelop.com

Lynn43

September 25th, 2010
8:49 am

Kyle, I am almost at a loss for words at your suggestion, but I will make this brash statement. “This woman should never be associated with public schools again”. As a Board member, I have daily access to education articles from all over the United States which I read. I have read nothing that makes me think she is capable of running the legitimate reform of a school system. The criteria she used to fire teachers probably got rid of some of her best. I’m sure some were not the best, but her criteria used false data for evaluating teachers. She lacks any compassion for adults or children. They are treated as machines.

And just how do we know that some of the D.C. test results were not skewed as were Atlanta’s? We don’t. People can’t be brow beaten and not treated with any respect and expect to get positive results.

During my teaching career, I worked for a short time under someone very much like her. The entire system was falling apart. My now Superintendent is by far the best in Georgia-maybe the county, and he is getting all the results which are not only important to teachers and parents but can be “bragging points” for politicans.

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
8:55 am

“2010 DCPS Test Scores DECLINE”
see news article,
DCist website: =>
http://dcist.com/2010/07/2010_dcps_test_scores_decline.php Look at the data, rather than the
24-7 mega-media hype manipulated,
funded & produced by the Hedge Fund boyz,
Kaplan Testing corporation,
the edu-profiteers/financiers clique
& their incompetent spokesmodel rabid Rhee
– with her ludicrous lack of proven
teaching or administrative experience,
her lack of academic certification to be a superintendent,
her lack of reasonable supervisory procedures,
her lack of basic managerial skills,
her lack of teambuilding to implement goals,
her lack of community development to facilitate progress,
her lack of professional tact, her lack of essential
communication insight,
and her abysmal lack of common sense.

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The Snark

September 25th, 2010
8:55 am

Kyle, you couldn’t be more right on this one!

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
8:58 am

NewManagement wrote: —
I switched my daughter two years ago from a catholic school
to Alice Deal Middle School. The principle reason I did this was because
the school was a beautifully renovated facility that
was part of the Master Plan established
long before Michelle Rhee was thought of. ——-
In my view. she has had a minimal impact on the actual achievements of the schools and
the most significant improvement has been to the
facilities (which she had nothing to do with).
Leadership is simply more than having a high profile and firing teachers. The test scores under her tenure have shown modest success (even declining last year) despite retesting, gaming the system and postponing of extracurricular activities during testing periods as a means of ensuring the highest scores. When you analyze the totality of her accomplishments they are minimal and you rarely hear of tangible results she has achieved during her tenure (other than the illusion). What she has done is alienate a large portion of the city’s electorate and demoralize a large portion of the teachers and administration that support the schools. She is absolutely the wrong role model and person for this job. Her interest which is amplified by the recent media hype is more towards notoriety and grandstanding. Oprah did a disservice to herself and her viewers because she did not present a balanced view of the public school picture here in DC.

Lastly, let me be clear. In a predominantly African American school district it is vitally important
that their be a strong representation of African American teachers and administrators who are the role models for the students. To suggest that there are not enough qualified African Americans to fill these positions or that we would do something deleterious to the education of our kids is condescending and insulting. To further suggest that Vince Gray is not concerned about education is either ignorance or being disingenuous.
He is the only government official who has regularly held sessions with young students to ascertain their issues and concerns (see Saturday Council Sessions on Channel 13).

Her public campaigning in a segmented section of the city and her comments re: “devastating”
speaks volumes about how she feels about DC residents. ——-

Michelle Rhee is unprofessional and a fraud.
I can’t wait to see her go.

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:00 am

“Just the facts:
Shaw Middle School’s scores did not even stay about the same.
They went down — reading scores declined from 38.52% in ’08 to 29.20% in ’09
and it’s math scores went from 33.33% to 29.02%. This can easily be verified at the official website http://nclb.osse.dc.gov.
The fact that Shaw’s scores didn’t go up is a major embarrassment for Rhee. She installed a new principal (Betts), who hired a new staff, selected for being young and “unjaded” and he paid the kids for good behavior and attendance. It seems imperative that Rhee is asked to re-examine her determination to pursue this method and not gloss over an obvious failure with her ongoing pathological
prevarication & misrepresentation of the facts.

(–info. by efavorite)
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Michelle Rhee is full of herself….. and facts show…. Her scores went down !
The ironic part is watching Rhee loyalists twisting themselves into pretzels to rationalize a 4% drop in D.C. elementary school test scores. Suddenly, the entire test-and-punish crowd is explaining to us how test scores don’t mean anything and how test scores are tied much more to out-of-school conditions. The problem is that she has made rising standardized test scores a central measure
for achievement — writes columnist Valerie Strauss. But judging her reforms on the actual test scores, well, as my kids say, “Not so much.”

– by Mike Klonsky”

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:02 am

dcpsparent :
re: Michelle Rhee’s “mom friendly” comment, prepared specifically for the Oprah show, about moms not tolerating mediocre teachers being given time to grow and develop professionally. “Well. The unqualified, needing-to-grow-professionally, TFA principal that Rhee PUSHED on our school, despite protests from a panel of engaged, informed, truly progressive, professional educators and parents with advanced degrees in education . . . . . (this TFA principal) hired and protected even more inexperienced, unqualified teachers who will take YEARS to develop into true professionals. But the principal and those teachers all know how to say “yes” to their boss. Too bad they don’t know the basics of how children learn, or the nuances of curriculum and instruction. It is hard, hard work indeed to have to reprogram my kids every day after school, to get them to embrace and understand learning again. Rhee’s influential, BAD decisions and practices, more than ANY OTHER failure of the DC Public School system, has me on the verge of pulling my kids out of school. Rhee embarrassed herself mightily at the DC screening of this film (”Waiting for Wall Street Super-scammers”) with her comment insulting DC voters. My kids, and the 350 others in their school, will not be devastated at all when she leaves. We assume she will head to the business world for which she may have more appropriate skills.”

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Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:03 am

Let’s… Get real, everybody!
==$$==
Michelle Rhee is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of:
Walmart,
Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Goldman Sachs et. al.,
Hedge Fund edu-profiteers
(& their mindless ‘think’ tanks,
planted pundits & sycophants);
and she’s blatantly
a frontwoman / spokesmodel for
KAPLAN learning services, Inc.
(testing, test-prep & online divisions) which is a major business arm (tentacle)
of the “Washington Post” company.

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DC Resident

September 25th, 2010
9:05 am

Another well thought out article that should lead to insight into Rhee instead of the faint patina written by Wingfield:

Natalie Hopkinson
Why Michelle Rhee’s Education ‘Brand’ Failed in D.C.
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/09/why-michelle-rhees-education-brand-failed-in-dc/63014/

Like I said, if ATL really wants her, we ready to put her on the first flight out!

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:10 am

(reference: “knowyourfacts”)

The DCPS decline in test scores
in elementary schools
(Reading and Math) now reflect 2007 levels.
In actuality the drop was 4 points of proficiency.
These drops in elementary reading and math represent
an overall drop of 9-10% fewer elementary children
scoring proficient compared to last year.

One of the realities of Rhee’s brand of reform leadership is that our youngest children are not being taught well .
See here = /> http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/detailed-results-on-the-dc-cas-for-2010-3rd-grade/

If the reforms were having an impact one would expect
that the third graders who entered the school system
when Rhee did 3 years ago, and are taking the DC CAS
tests for the first time, would have shown great promise now. Unfortunately the opposite is true;
the test scores show declining proficiency rates.

The most difficult thing about being a parent of a child in
DCPS is the huge lack of analysis in the mainstream media and
the general spread of misinformation about the nature of
educational gains (or lack there of). We have a lot to learn from our third graders and owe them a qualified educational leader who can truly enable them to have high-quality learning experiences.

Unfortunately for DC teachers, the greatest beneficiaries of Rhee’s lack of real educational leadership have been the charters — because people have flocked to them for cover as Rhee closed 20 some schools. But perhaps as a teacher you and your colleagues at the charter should ask yourself why isn’t the quality of the schools good enough. Why aren’t all children everywhere being provided with the curriculum rich learning experiences you benefited from at the private school? What needs to happen next to ensure that goal?

I assure you it is not it has nothing to do with the desperation
and other articulate passions expressed by people like Rhee.
It has to do with getting to the hard work of providing children with significantly enhanced academically rigorous curriculum
and learning experiences — including their families in the process. Passion (and broom-mongering) aside, Rhee
really didn’t bring it –
nor was she headed in that general direction in my view.

I have heard Gray speak on the educational issue and he has stated that he will move forward with reforms just not with the expansion of testing as Rhee planned. Hopefully that will mean that our children are getting higher quality instruction here in
DC, rather than Rhee’s’
‘teaching to the test’ approach which has hijacked meaningful, viable real education.

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Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:15 am

Supposedly, Ms. Rhee (in her own words to the news media) was away out of town last week on her (sic) “pre-honeymoon”, whatever that is, because her Sacramento wedding had been previously abruptly postponed — leaving the rashly, suddenly last-minute DIS-invited (un-invited), disrespected guests to cough up money (ie. cancellation fees & airplane fare / car rental costs) for prior-booked travel plans.
Where in the world is NON-superintendent Michelle Rhee ?

Very Obviously — Written communiques & “Interviews” published by complicit media (newspapers, websites, MSNBC, ABC, etc.) these past few days — which are supposedly coming from Ms. Rhee are actually being produced by Ms. Rhee’s public relations shills (staff & consultants, such as Anita Dunn, along with emergency P.R. assistance from Eli Broad’s & Bill Gates’ entourage, et. al.)

Ms. Rhee is a narcissistic scam artist &
a Walmart, Hedge Funds, Billionaire Boyz concubine — she also apparently has diarrhea of the mouth….. Hey, “Chancellor” — don’t trip up your tongue or slip on your (Ron Moten mojo) “Go-Go” boots on the way out, and watch out for your own slick pile of dippity-do….. this is your wake-up call Ms. Rhee as you brazenly bumble & stumble, as you cuddle up in the boardrooms & backrooms with Eli Broad & Bill Gates, as you cover-up for Kevin Johnson’s (”St. Hope” academy) financial illegalities & his sexcapades with students (teen minors) & with his school-staff (Americorps) subordinates too — as documented by U.S. Govt. Inspector General
Gerald Walpin.

Watch your step and your mouth — try to think before you speak —
Ms. Rhee, Non-superintendent !

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teacher&mom

September 25th, 2010
9:21 am

Inviting Michelle Rhee to APS is like inviting Nancy Pelosi to take over at the Gold Dome.

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:22 am

DCPS ELEMENTARY TEST SCORES DOWN –
DECLINES IN READING AND MATH

Michelle Rhee, unaccountable & unqualified
‘chancellor’
(note: she is not legally eligible
to be a school district superintendent)

“The DCPS had lower math test scores
in grades 4 and 8 in 2009,
and District African-American
test scores went down” …….

read & view the
data =>
http://www.examiner.com/ward-5-in-washington-dc/rhee-fails-on-nation-s-report-card

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Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:23 am

the achievement gap widened

DCPS ELEMENTARY TEST SCORES DOWN –
DECLINES IN READING AND MATH

under the “crappy” regime of
Michelle Rhee,
unaccountable & unqualified
‘chancellor’ –
(note: she’s actually not legally qualified
and does not have certification to be
a district superintendent)

“The DCPS had lower math test scores
in grades 4 and 8 in 2009,
and District African-American
test scores went down”

read & view the
data =>
http://www.examiner.com/ward-5-in-washington-dc/rhee-fails-on-nation-s-report-card

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Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:24 am

I’m not impressed by Michelle Rhee at all. She basically said techer’s don’t need professional training. Oh excuse me she will probably come back shortly and say I didn’t mean teachers don’t need professional development. She’s always says the wrong thing first and later has to come back and clean up what she says. She is NOT the only person that can run the District of Columbia schools. The school system in DC is much bigger than a Michelle Rhee. So all of this attention she’s getting I think is “devastating” for all the DC students. Vincent Gray does not need her and she said during the campaign that if he won she would not work for him. So after her meeting with him she needs to to pack up her boxes and move on.
I’m still trying to figure out why Oprah had her on her show.
Good thing Oprah is going off the air next year.

Posted by: ania

Well informed

September 25th, 2010
9:33 am

Did anyone else read the article in September’s Ebony where Michelle Rhee proudly touts the fact that programs like TFA
and her ‘New Teacher Project’ are bringing in teachers
from the ‘elite’ schools? She had to backtrack when
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College,
challenged her.
And, Rhee didn’t mention that these programs bring in teachers with no disciplinary skills (such as herself — remember her
fond anecdote about “taping shut students’ mouths”) and
who are temp. workers not committed to the profession of teaching (ditto).
These programs are NOT designed to develop
a professional corps of teachers.
As a teacher with 15 years experience,
I can tell you, no one becomes an expert in only 2 or 3 years.
I don’t understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these
types of temporary teachers.
They are a band aid —
nothting more
(band-aids are easily peeled off or fall off) —
a pseudo-reform sham providing cover for a
Wall Street-funded
edu-profiteering scam doesn’t heal anything and
doesn’t construct anything
lasting or worthwhile for the children.

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Drew S

September 25th, 2010
9:51 am

Kyle, a recent study concluded that “across five large urban districts, among teachers who were ranked in the top 20% of effectiveness in the first year, fewer than a third were in that top group the next year, and another third moved all the way down to the bottom 40%. Another recent study found that teachers’ effectiveness ratings in one year could only predict from 4% to 16% of the variation in such ratings in the following year.”

Ed Johnson

September 25th, 2010
9:56 am

“Why Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty Lost”
By Diane Ravitch
http://tinyurl.com/2woax9h

Consider Diane Ravitch’s letter to Deborah Meier an indication of the growing awakening to poor quality leadership of K-12 public education by autocrats like DC’s Michelle Rhee, APS’s Beverly Hall and, yes, US DOE’s Arne Duncan.

The idea of bringing Rhee to Atlanta is absolutely insane. And it is difficult to avoid wondering why many so-called influential “black” folk seem so inclined to subject especially “black” children to such dehumanization. Can someone give me a clue?

well-informed

September 25th, 2010
10:05 am

Just because someone doesn’t like Michelle Rhee does not mean that they support a failing school system. Frankly, there are people out there who could effect more change without alienating the people that are charged with making that change. Think about it, if you loved your job but your boss was a total jerk who consistently and publicly denigrated your profession (Rhee has said teaching is not a life long career, 4 years maximum and teachers should move on) and offered little support (look at Rhee’s terrible track record on professional development despite hiring largely from “TFA”/Teacher for America (who provide only 5 weeks training). Note: Rhee admitted (in a fond anecdote as part of a speech) that during her brief teaching stint at a for-profit urban school in Baltimore she put tape over the mouths of a class of 2nd graders who she could not control and she laughed when she said the tape made their mouths bleed.

bob

September 25th, 2010
10:11 am

Kyle, this is Atlanta and Rhee is not black, she is dis-qualified.

bob

September 25th, 2010
10:12 am