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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 9th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Michelle Rhee Featured On PBS’s Frontline Program

On Tuesday night Korean-American Michelle Rhee who was the Washington, DC school superintendent from 2007-2011 was featured on PBS’s Frontline program. For those that don’t watch PBS, Frontline is one of the best news & documentary programs available on TV. This episode about Michelle Rhee is no different.  You can view the Frontline program The Education of Michelle Rhee at the link.

Michelle Rhee

After watching the program I was surprised the level of access that Rhee gave the Frontline camera team. She allowed them to follow her around during her entire tenure as the DC school superintendent. From the documentary you can tell that Rhee relished her very public status as well as being known as a change agent. The DC schools have long been known as being some of the worst in the country and Rhee felt that only quick, decisive, and dramatic change could fix it. Frontline attempted to find out if her style of change did in fact fix the DC schools. On paper it appeared Rhee had made dramatic gains in improving education at the schools even after just her first year due to high scores some of the schools received on the standardized testing she implemented. She implemented these tests to not only have something quantifiable to judge student performance, but also to link teacher performance to the tests. So if the students did poorly their teachers faced being fired.

The lack of accountability for unionized teachers is one of the biggest problems I have with the profession. I think there should be accountability for anyone in public service. Frontline showed how near impossible it is to get a teacher fired even ones caught sleeping in classrooms. They just get shuffled around from school to school. This is a phenomenon not unique to the DC schools since the documentary Waiting for Superman showed this same thing happening in New York schools as well. In New York bad teachers were put in “rubber rooms” where they were paid to sleep and play games all day.  Something Frontline did not show, but I think should of is how corrupt the Washington Teacher’s Union is that Rhee was dealing with.  Anyway accountability would ultimately be something that made Rhee different from past superintendents. She was able to convince political leaders to give her the power to fire people.

Teachers and administrators in DC schools for the first time began to have fear of being fired for not doing well.  However, I think one of the key areas where Rhee failed was that she tied too much of the teachers performance to the test scores.  Teachers in the documentary pointed out how hard it is to teach kids in certain schools because of gang violence, drugs, domestic abuse, and malnourishment.  They felt like they were helping these students in ways that cannot be measured on a test.  Rhee in the documentary said that she understood these challenges, but she refused to believe these kids could not learn like other kids.  She based this experience from her time teaching in a low income school in Baltimore.  She says her students despite home challenges saw huge increases in their standardized test scores.  Rhee however could not prove this assertion, but Frontline did interview a former student of hers who verified that she was a demanding teacher that did get results in the classroom.  Anyway due to Rhee’s heavy reliance on standardized tests in DC, the teachers there decided to cheat.  Some of the schools showed big gains on their tests and Rhee awarded cash bonuses to the administrators and teachers in these schools for their performance.  A USA Today investigation of one of these schools showed that the tests had a high erasure rate which statistically did not match what students usually have on standardized tests.  The allegation is that the teachers were changing answers after the tests were turned in to improve scores.

In future years more standardized tests were showing high erasure rates and Rhee eventually had an outside firm come in and investigate.  However, according to Frontline and teachers they interviewed the investigation was not very thorough and could not prove cheating was going on. In fact in one of the main cheating schools a new principal that came in witnessed teachers cheating on the tests.  After seeing the cheating she implemented new security measures to protect the tests and the school’s scores dropped by 30%.  Despite all of this the outside investigators never bothered to interview her.

I think Rhee chose to not fully investigate because of how she so publicly acknowledged these higher achieving schools performance as an example to everyone else in the schools, political establishment, and media.  If it was determined that these schools were frauds it would have set back the reforms she was trying to implement.  This is disappointing because these teachers received large cash bonuses for cheating and likely got other teachers fired that did not perform well in other schools.  They should have been investigated to the fullest extent for fraud and because they were not there is some serious ethics questions now about Rhee.  This was not Rhee’s first ethical lapses either.  Frontline did not mention this, but Rhee had also been linked to an attempted cover up of fraud and a sex scandal involving her future husband Kevin Johnson the former NBA star and mayor of Sacramento.  Something else that bothered me about Rhee was that she relished firing people.  She even allowed Frontline in her office to film her firing a principal.  Maybe the guy deserved to be fired, but something like that should not be filmed even if his face was blurred.  Also it appeared that Rhee made no attempts to try and retrain people to execute the reforms the way should wanted them done.  If someone has been counseled on expectations and provided adequate retraining then I can understand firing them.  From the documentary it did not appear she gave teachers ample opportunities to retrain themselves to be the type of teachers she expected.

She eventually lost her political supporters when she laid off over two hundred teachers instead of cancelling a summer school program to meet a budget short fall.  She did this against the guidance the city council gave her not to lay off the teachers.  This caused the teachers to launch large protests that put political pressure on the city council members who were now furious at her.  This furor would eventually help lead to the head of the city council defeating Rhee’s key supporter the city mayor Adrian Fenty in the next election.  Once Fenty left office in 2011 Rhee was forced out the door with him thus ending her controversial term as the Washington DC school superintendent.

All in all Rhee’s legacy in DC is mixed.  Just about everyone agreed reforms needed to be made and that Rhee was right about most things she advocated for.  However, the way she went about it by not getting buy in from teachers and shutting schools without feedback from parents was the wrong way to bring about change.  She likely thought trying to get buy in would slow her reforms.  However, by not getting buy in on reforms from the people effected by them she ended up getting resistance to everything she proposed.  Additionally her teachers saw the obvious ethical lapses with Rhee awarding cheaters at their expense that only further destroyed Rhee’s creditability in the community.  If Rhee did not weight so much of the standardized tests towards teacher performance along with improved security for the tests she could have avoided the cheating that happened.  Because of the cheating Frontline said it was harder to judge Rhee’s success in DC, but using test data from schools that likely did not cheat the DC schools did make modest educational gains during her tenure.  Considering the state of the DC school system modest gains should have been what was expected from the beginning instead of the unrealistic standards that Rhee was forcing on people to meet.  The DC school system wasn’t broke in 3 years so Rhee was not going to be able to fix it in 3 years like she tried to do.  A problem as large as fixing the DC schools is going to take a long term effort involving the the whole community over a period of many years that someone cannot fix by sheer force of personality in such a short period of time like Michelle Rhee tried to do in Washington, DC.

Did anyone else see the Frontline documentary?  Please leave your thoughts about Michelle Rhee in the comments section.

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  • tbonetylr
    7:20 pm on January 9th, 2013 1

    Was this the first time Frontline covered it? If so then I must’ve seen a 60 minutes or something which sounded almost exactly as you put it. The only thing I don’t remember seeing is the firing in the office.

  • Sonagi
    8:07 pm on January 9th, 2013 2

    Rhee wasn’t going to fix DC schools in three, five, ten, or twenty years, not on,y because of her my-way-or-the-highway management style but also because of her naive (or willfull?) refusal to acknowledge that school factors like teachers and library resources account for only about 30% of student achievement. Non-school factors like SES and parental involvement have a greater impact on achievment, but since we cannot control these things directly, Rhee and other ed reformers put 100% of the responsibility onto schools and teachers. Her vague claims of “great gains” can be taken with a grain of salt. I am strict and demand a lot of my students as do most of my colleagues far more experienced than Rhee, yet we struggle with them in helping them achieve because of limited parental support due to home language use or family instability that often involves substance abuse. Rhee is dishonest when she communicates the idea that all teachers have to do is work hard, and academic success will follow. If only my job were that easy…

  • Sonagi
    8:18 pm on January 9th, 2013 3

    By the way, how would a third grader know whether or not a teacher “got results”? Kids can judge their own learning and the general classroom environment, but they cannot determine achievement for the class as a whole. If students can tell whether a teacher is getting results, then I guess we don’t need to spend $$$ on data-driven instruction. We can just ask the kids!

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:20 pm on January 9th, 2013 4

    @1- Yesterday was the first time Frontline aired this documentary. Rhee is a media darling that has been featured in many documentaries so you could have saw her in a variety of other programs.

    @2- Your comments is why I concluded my review of the program by stating that it will take the whole community to fix the DC schools because teachers cannot fix things like poverty, gang violence, substance abuse, etc. I am sure Rhee realizes this but stating such obvious impacts to student achievement probably does not go over well politically. Her mayor and city council supporters probably would have a hard time getting elected if they campaigned on fixing schools by pointing fingers back at the parents and the communities they live in. It is politically more expedient to just blame the teachers.

  • Sonagi
    8:22 pm on January 9th, 2013 5

    Meet Sarah Wysocki:

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-03-06/local/35449055_1_teacher-evaluation-system-jason-kamras-classroom-teachers

    DCPS’ loss is FCPS’ gain.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:23 pm on January 9th, 2013 6

    @3- I was just impressed that someone in the media finally found someone in her Baltimore classroom to interview. With all the controversy on whether or not Rhee was a successful elementary teacher you would think someone in the media would have tracked down her former students to ask them what they thought of her long ago.

  • The Joker
    9:35 pm on January 9th, 2013 7

    There are probably few problems she can’t solve with more gun control for the masses and more shotguns for the administrators. Sonagi, tell us again why the Department of Education needs 27 sawed off shotguns.

  • Glans
    11:10 am on January 10th, 2013 8

    Here’s a campaign theme. Let’s get drugs and gangs out of our neighborhoods; that will help our kids do better in school. Let’s clean up old, lead-painted buildings, and let’s clean the lead out of our soil; that will help our kids’ brains grow healthy.

    And this is worth a try: let’s equip our Department of Education with sawed-off shotguns to keep our campuses safe. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The government is people, my friend.

    That grown-up third-grader recalled that Ms Rhee ate a bee. I didn’t quite get the point of that. GI Korea, do you eat insects while training your soldiers? After that, do test scores rise?

  • Glans
    12:42 pm on January 10th, 2013 9

    Bob Somerby thought the PBS report “The Education of Michelle Rhee” was pretty bad. He found it inadequate in its coverage of her claims about her own teaching career and the history of cheating on standardized tests. It didn’t explain how she got her job as chancellor of DC schools, or that she came from the Manhattan nexus of billionaire-supported “education reform”. It didn’t show her offering any ideas to improve instruction.

    In case you don’t visit the Daily Howler regularly, here’s a link to Somerby’s discussion of the PBS report on Rhee.

  • John in LA
    12:15 am on January 11th, 2013 10

    #6
    MSM not doing its job? That reminds of Mr. Trump mouthing off on TV interviews how S Korea was getting free protection from US and not paying a dime. What really upset me was the so called news outlets carrying the news for a few days without really challenging him. Not one MSM did any fact checking, like calling PR office of DoD or USFK to see as if it’s true. Trump basically repeated same lies on different shows for days, without anyone challenging him that it’s false.

    Basically someone with interest in this story has to go to a site like http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/apr/01/donald-trump/donald-trump-says-south-korea-doesnt-pay-us-troop-/ to see if it’s true.

    What really upset me was that the so called ‘news’ talk show hosts seeming cowed while interviewing him. They all seemed just worried about somehow pissing him and than getting fired in return, with a phone call from Trump to the station manager.

    There’s a reason I come to sites like rokdrop.com to be informed because the so called MSM (pretty much all except for Frontline/60Min) are just rubbish.

    Back to Michelle Rhee, I think Rhee got what she wanted (fame or notoriety or whatever you call it) and the DC education system also got what it needed. I haven’t watched the new Frontline segment but I do remember when she was on news (think 2009?) where she described what she saw when first appointed as chancellor.
    -Until her appointment, some DC schools didn’t open on time after vacations because books hadn’t been delivered. They were found sitting in the district warehouse, still in crates.
    -She encountered staff members in the central office who couldn’t describe what their jobs were. I believe she laid off a few dozen or so, after demanding and reviewing job desc from each staff members.

    Yes teachers aren’t and shouldn’t be responsible 100% for the failure. More of the blame goes to the parents. However, the change has to start somewhere and as far as I can tell, we can’t ‘fire’ parents. So what Michelle Rhee started is a good thing imo.

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  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    7:35 am on January 11th, 2013 12

    @10- The ROK Drop was all over Trump’s inaccurate claims:

    http://rokdrop.com/2011/03/02/donald-trump-comments-about-china-south-korea-on-rush-limbaugh-show/

    He likely knew his claims were inaccurate but like much that passes on the infotainment that is called news, he knew few people would challenge his claims.

    As far as Rhee Frontline did show the waste and admin overhead she was trying to end. This along with unionized teacher accountability I do not think most people would have a problem with. However the awarding of teachers that cheat and then mercilessly firing other teachers without any attempts to retrain them lost any goodwill she had within the school district. Then closing schools without first getting feedback from parents did her in with the parents. She had some good ideas but her attitude and ethical problems overshadowed the good ideas she did have.

  • Glans
    7:54 am on January 11th, 2013 13

    I don’t know of any evidence that Michelle Rhee improved instruction. She seems not to have searched for better textbooks which kids whose achievements were below traditional grade level could actually use. She seems not to have helped teachers improve their methods or there lesson plans.

    (These ideas aren’t original with me. I got them from Somerby.)

  • John in LA
    10:12 am on January 11th, 2013 14

    #12
    Yes, I know rokdrop was all over it. But rokdrop isn’t part of the MSM AFAIK. :) Vast majority of Americans will just assume and believe Trump. And even http://www.politifact.com didn’t point out that S Korea had been paying for big portion of the cost for decades. It seems to lead people to think that the agreement was started just a few years ago.

    And I agree that the lack of input from teachers and parents was what probably did her in. But in places like DC, such was a luxury, especially when Rhee knew she wouldn’t last that long (no matter what she did). I think the district basically had a new chancellor every 1 or 2 years.

    DC was an extreme case and it required extreme measure.

    And I’m sure Ms. Rhee isn’t regretting leaving DC job.

    #13
    Searching for and buying better textbook requires $ which they didn’t really have afaik. You can’t really improve teachers who were not qualified to teach in the first place.
    I know you are not but Somerby is just blaming wrong things.

    S Korean students did just fine without fancy labs, textbooks, gym, school psychologist, etc etc. I fondly recall going to school with 60+ students in a class, 10 soccer games going on all at the same time in the crowded school yard at lunch time etc. And look how I turned out. :))

    But seriously blaming books or lack of good material is silly imo.

  • Sonagi
    4:30 pm on January 11th, 2013 15

    Watched the entire Frontline program last night. Thanks for the link, GI Korea. As an experienced tea her,mi call BS on several claims:

    First, the former student who was taught long division in second grade. Multiplication and division are introduced in third grade, and 3 digit multiplication and division is introduced in 4th grade. Assuming that the student was gifted, when did Rhee find the time to teach this girl one-on-one in a class of 20+ students, nearly all of whom were way below grade level? What were all the other struggling kids doing when Rhee was tutoring this girl? There was possibly a teacher’s aide or a resource teacher in the classroom ,too, but there’s no way one teacher or TA would have tried to deliver effective instruction to all those low performing kids while Rhee tutored little Einstein, Frontline didn’t tell us anything about this apparently gifted woman of exceptionally high intelligence, such as the name of her alma mater or career choice.

    Second, Rhee claimed that the 90% passing scores were communicated to her orally by her principal. For decades, student test data has been given to teachers in full reports with scores for each student as well as average scores for the class, the school, and the state. Rhee is trying to dodge accusations of lying about the miraculous s ore gains she boasted about on the CV she submitted when seeking the job as Dc schools chancellor.

    Third, Rhee claimed that DC schools did not set any parameters with auditing company Caveon. Once again, not true as the regulations and procedures would have been specified clearly in the contract.

    Itt infuriates me as a public school teacher to see someone of dubious professional integrity getting paid a million dollars a year to promote regulations and legislation that mandate use of standardized test scores as a primary means of evaluating teachers. Rhee is a classi example of leadership arrogance that is all too prevalent in this country: do as I say, not as I do.

  • Sonagi
    4:32 pm on January 11th, 2013 16

    As an experienced teacher, I call..,

    F*ck autocorrect.

  • Sonagi
    4:50 pm on January 11th, 2013 17

    From the PBS ombudsman:

    http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/2013/01/michelle_rhee_reformer_zealot_both_or_somethi.html

  • Glans
    5:23 pm on January 11th, 2013 18

    The Center for Economic and Policy Research or cepr examined the report card issued by Michelle Rhee’s Students First organization. Under the ‘methodology’ of the ‘National Report’ they found that a school is downgraded if its teachers have traditional defined-benefit pensions. To quote cepr: ‘In short, Rhee’s report card means that states get credit for making their teachers more financially insecure without saving the government a penny. This position might coincide with a business agenda to eliminate defined benefit pensions, but it is very difficult to see how it will improve our children’s education.’

  • Sonagi
    5:48 pm on January 11th, 2013 19

    The Students First report card was laughed off in the media this week. No wonder all the Democrats quit her front group recently. The shift from a bipartisan organization to a Republican-dominated one will weaken Rhee’s influence with Dumbkin at the DOE, which is a good thing, yet encourage closer collaboration with Republican-dominated state governments, not a good thing.

  • Sonagi
    6:12 pm on January 11th, 2013 20

    Thanks for the link, Glans. I choked when I read the blurb on Virginia:

    “Other than offering alternative pathways, Virginia does little to help districts attract, retain, and reward excellent teachers, although it has taken a step in the right direction by establishing a hybrid retirement plan. Virginia should step up its reform efforts and require participation in its portable plan.”

    Portable plan = 401K. We teachers hit the roof whenever our gov makes noises about replacing our traditional pensions with defined contribution plans, we older teachers who’ve been vested for years would get financially screwed as our lifetime contributions would be undervalued. Far from attracting better teachers, replacing a defined benefit plan with a defined contribution plan would make VA lss competitive as teachers relocate to other states. Whoever wrote that crap is sick nd twisted.

    “Districts are not required to evaluate teachers and principals in a meaningful way, and classroom effectiveness does not drive personnel decisions. ”

    More lie. For years, our teacher evaluation system has required multiple observations by different administrators and inclusion of student achievment data. What SF probably doesn’t like about our teacher evaluation system is that administrators and teachers together determine which data will be used, rather than plugging standardized test scores into a software program that churns out a value-added number.

    “The state does not provide parents with meaningful information regarding school or teacher performance”

    Still more lies. The VDOE and tevery other state’s DOE publish annually school report cards with comprehensive data as mandated by NCLB. Student scores on standardized tests are mailed to parents in the summer.

  • Sonagi
    6:35 pm on January 11th, 2013 21

    Yet more lies:

    “Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever, and traditional defined benefit plans do very little to support 21st Century teachers. These plans treat teachers unfairly, create retirement insecurity, limit career mobility, and push teachers into retirement – often before they are ready to stop teaching. Defined benefit plans “back-load” benefits, meaning they lock teachers out of a significant portion of their retirement savings for the first several years of their career. These plans then lock teachers into the profession, sometimes for longer than they would prefer, by requiring them to stay in the same state or district for the remainder of their career to be eligible to receive full benefits.”

    http://www.studentsfirst.org/blog/entry/teachers-deserve-fair-portable-retirement-plans

    The earliest a teacher can retire with a full pension is at age 55 with 30 years of service. Few female teachers are able to retire this early since most take some time off to care for infants and very young children. Thirty years ago, when most kids were well-behaved, a teacher could conceivably remain in the classroom past the age of 60, but with so many emotionally disturbed and disruptive children in our schools, older teachers are very glad to retire as soon as they can afford it. One factor that keeps teachers in the classroom longer than they’d like is the need for affordable health insurance until they become eligible for Medicare.

    Moreover, pension benefits are flexible. If a teacher moves to a different state, he or she can cash out the old plan and use the money to buy years of service in the new state. A teacher who does not work long enough to become vested can simply cash out and take the money.

  • The Joker
    7:37 pm on January 11th, 2013 22

    Maybe the Department of Education needs 27 sawed off shotgun to save pension money and put old teachers down.

    Sonagi is angry and bitter when the government lies and cheats its teachers. Rightfully so. She weeps when the government works with companies to stop peaceful protest using illegal means. Rightfully so. She is frustrated with Big Pharmacy buying off government to medicate as many children as possible. Yet Sonagi thinks the government will be honest and trustworthy to gun owners with only partial bans and strict registration.

    She will soon learn the government is no longer trustworthy in any way, not just the ways that agree with her ideology.

  • Sonagi
    6:29 am on January 12th, 2013 23

    As I’ve already told you, Joker, I trust an unregulated public even less than I trust the government, and that includes education in a country where some Christian schools teach their students that the earth is only 5,000 years old. With the government, there is some accountability. Stated torrents by Democrats are now pushing back against Race to the Top.

  • Bobby Ray
    6:50 am on January 12th, 2013 24

    As I’ve already told you, Joker, I trust an unregulated public even less than I trust the government

    That is because your paranoia is an order of magnitude greater than gun owners afraid of crime or unrest. The vast majority of American citizens are quite capable of bringing up good children, possibly doing better with even less government getting involved. There are many examples where the government does much more harm than good. Encouraging the drugging of children rather than allowing appropriate discipline to be used might be an example.

    Just like a couple hundred million guns don’t kill people every day, many millions of parents don’t fill their children’s head overly harmful misinformation.

    Your assertion that government has some accountability is not really backed up by facts. There are pockets of accountability for political reasons but we have discusses some major issues where the government has no accountability and has rubbed it in the public’s face.

    Rhee is a classi example of leadership arrogance that is all too prevalent in this country: do as I say, not as I do.

    Your idea applies perfectly to average, productive, law-abiding citizens and increased gun restrictions than have minimal effect on criminals.

    You have sidestepped the question yet again. Why does the DOE need sawed off shotguns? Can I have one, too? Or is this do as I say, not as I do?

  • Glans
    8:15 am on January 12th, 2013 25

    The Department of Education has the right to keep and bear arms. Its Office of Inspector General investigates felonies such as fraud and may need to make an occasional arrest. Robert Langley explains at About.

    Sonagi, go American. Buy a gun and take it to the range today.

  • Sonagi
    11:08 am on January 12th, 2013 26

    Correction: states governed by Democrats

  • Sonagi
    4:14 pm on January 12th, 2013 27

    Frontline’s John Merrow provides a full transcript of his interview toy former DCPS principal Adrll Cothorne here:

    http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6070

    Take time to browse the 40+ comments from educators, paretns, and interested citizens; the consensus is that Frontline was too easy on Rhee in an attempt to provide a balanced portrait. Especially worth a read are comments by (in the order that they appear) Walt Haney, Barbara Ide, Joe Beckmann, Deb Cefalu, Amy Valens, Susan B. Anthony, Harry Travis, Jupiter Mom, Elizabeth Rose, Labor Lawyer (also a regular commenter on WaPo Ed stories), Subrex, Linda Johnson, and Steve Cifka,

  • Teadrinker
    4:54 pm on January 12th, 2013 28

    #2,

    And as a Korean you’d think she’d be aware that parental involvement is key to education achievement. Could it be that her political ambitions are such that she’d ignore what is so deeply ingrained in Koreans?

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    6:39 am on January 13th, 2013 29

    @27- That was a great read. Frontline needs to do a follow up but I wonder if donors to PBS like Bill Gates will try to squash it?

  • Glans
    1:14 pm on January 14th, 2013 30

    An education celebrity, that’s what Michelle Rhee is now. Bob Somerby condemns the Washington Post for fawning on her. He condemns both the Post and “career liberals” for ignoring the cheating scandal in Virginia in 2006. He notes Andrew J Rotherman, a member of the Virginia state school board at the time, admiring Rhee’s “star power”. Click on Somerby’s blog, the Daily Howler.

  • Sonagi
    3:46 pm on January 14th, 2013 31

    Pro-Rhee puff pieces are junk food snacks for regular commenters in the education section. Stories on the Frontline program posted at Huff Post, Slate, and Salon likewise attracted plenty of hecklers on comment threads. One commenter wrote, “stick a fork in her; she’s done.”. Unfortunately, that’s not true, but I’d say her star power has peaked. With Dems deserting Students First and moderate and left-leaning media readers rejecting Rhee as a fraudster and lobbyist for grifters and enemies of public education, Rhee will find herself increasingly marginalized. Someone else may replace her as the national spokesperson of “education reform” while Rhee conspires with red state governors to pass legislation ghostwritten by ALEC.

  • Sonagi
    4:19 pm on January 14th, 2013 32

    Just about everyone agreed reforms needed to be made and that Rhee was right about most things she advocated for. 

    Who’s nearly everyone?

    .  Because of the cheating Frontline said it was harder to judge Rhee’s success in DC, but using test data from schools that likely did not cheat the DC schools did make modest educational gains during her tenure. 

    Others have already debunked that claim that Rhee keeps flogging:

    http://therheedcrecord.wikispaces.com/file/view/The+Rhee+DC+Math+And+Reading+Record+.pdf

  • Glans
    9:46 am on January 16th, 2013 33

    Today, Bob Somerby examines the Washington Post’s Rhee propaganda. Here’s the Daily Howler. Summary: the Post’s propaganda sux.

  • fe52999g
    1:35 pm on January 16th, 2013 34

    yawn

  • Sonagi
    5:29 pm on January 16th, 2013 35

    The primary source is even better, Glans:

    http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6108

    Hired to do a job she was woefully unqualified to do (hence, the title “chancellor” instead of “superintendent”), Rhee hired as the Chief of Data and Accountabilty a woman with no prior experience, who in turned hired a man from Califonria to teach her how to do her top administrative job that probably paid a 6-figure salary and generous benefits,

  • Glans
    7:50 am on February 5th, 2013 36

    Michelle Rhee has written a book, “Radical,” about herself.

    Don’t buy it, kushibo.

 

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