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By Robert Maranto and Michael McShane | April 11, 2011
USA Today recently published a great piece of investigative reporting on likely cheating on standardized tests in the Washington, D.C. public schools under famed education reformer Michelle Rhee. The timing of the Rhee scandal, as the president and secretary of education are pushing for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), raises some concerns. Teachers unions and education reform opponents had lambasted Ms. Rhee's program measuring student learning and rewarding high-performing principals and teachers with bonuses, while threatening low performers with termination.
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Erica L. Green | January 7, 2013
A controversial set of national report cards issued this week by StudentsFirst--the advocacy and lobbying organization started by former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee-- gave Maryland's educational policies and reforms a grade of D+ in a state-by-state analysis. The report cards were issued in an interactive map on the StudentsFirst website. The organization analyzed three key areas, and several sub-groups, assessing states' ability to 1.) empower parents, 2.)
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Erica L. Green | January 7, 2013
A controversial set of national report cards issued this week by StudentsFirst--the advocacy and lobbying organization started by former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee-- gave Maryland's educational policies and reforms a grade of D+ in a state-by-state analysis. The report cards were issued in an interactive map on the StudentsFirst website. The organization analyzed three key areas, and several sub-groups, assessing states' ability to 1.) empower parents, 2.)
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By Shelly Blake-Plock | July 12, 2011
Michelle Rhee is back in town. This time it is as a "grass-roots" activist who only wants to put children first. Surely many of her fans in the testing industry think that's really at the heart of what they are doing. They look at failing public schools and they see reason for change. As a teacher and as a parent of three public school students, I look at the type of change they are advocating for and I see the future of failure. For the last five years, I have worked in a small, independent high school program at the experimental intersection of one-to-one computing and social media in education.
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By LEONARD PITTS | November 17, 2008
So it seems there's this new couple coming to town (the husband just got a job with the government). Now they are scouting schools for their children, and people are wondering whether they're going to go public or private. Can we be honest here? D.C. public schools are not good enough for the Obama kids. I'm not doubting the dedication of public school teachers. And yes, there are exceptional public schools - but the exceptions prove the rule. Public schools, particularly in urban areas, are largely failing our children.
NEWS
By Shelly Blake-Plock | July 12, 2011
Michelle Rhee is back in town. This time it is as a "grass-roots" activist who only wants to put children first. Surely many of her fans in the testing industry think that's really at the heart of what they are doing. They look at failing public schools and they see reason for change. As a teacher and as a parent of three public school students, I look at the type of change they are advocating for and I see the future of failure. For the last five years, I have worked in a small, independent high school program at the experimental intersection of one-to-one computing and social media in education.
NEWS
By Myles B. Hoenig | June 15, 2011
The Baltimore City Council, spurred by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, deserves praise for its resolution endorsing the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, to be held in Washington, D.C., on July 30. This march, and the national attention it brings to the plight of our public schools, is long overdue — especially as it falls on the heels of the mass hysteria around blaming teachers for the questionable lack of student performance on...
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April 17, 2010
Montgomery County police say they are investigating the death of a D.C. school principal as a homicide. Police say a co-worker found 42-year-old Brian Betts dead in his Silver Spring home in the 9300 block of Columbia Boulevard on Thursday evening after he failed to report to work. Police say Betts' SUV is missing. Police say preliminary autopsy results show the cause of Betts' death was homicide and the manner of his death was by gunshot. D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says Betts joined Shaw Middle School in northwest D.C. in the 2008-09 academic year.
NEWS
November 16, 2008
Give up your tenured job and get a big fat pay raise. That's the deal Washington schools chief Michelle Rhee is offering teachers in the nation's capital, and if enough of them decide to take her up on the proposal, its impact could be felt on school systems across the country. Ms. Rhee, who was appointed to her job in 2007, argues that all the benefits of tenure go to adults, not students. That's because tenure rules make it harder to fire ineffective or incompetent teachers. Since taking the job, she has dismissed hundreds of central office employees, principals and paraprofessionals as well as more than 200 uncertified teachers in her drive for excellence.
NEWS
February 14, 2011
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso's is offering early-retirement buyouts to as many as 750 teachers at the same time that he is proposing yet another reorganization of the school system's central office. Both initiatives aim to build on the progress city schools have made during the last four years. But the real test remains whether the changes produce tangible improvements in student achievement and in the quality of classroom instruction. Tinkering with the mechanics of the organizational chart is only a means to that end, not the end in itself.
NEWS
By Myles B. Hoenig | June 15, 2011
The Baltimore City Council, spurred by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, deserves praise for its resolution endorsing the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, to be held in Washington, D.C., on July 30. This march, and the national attention it brings to the plight of our public schools, is long overdue — especially as it falls on the heels of the mass hysteria around blaming teachers for the questionable lack of student performance on...
NEWS
By Robert Maranto and Michael McShane | April 11, 2011
USA Today recently published a great piece of investigative reporting on likely cheating on standardized tests in the Washington, D.C. public schools under famed education reformer Michelle Rhee. The timing of the Rhee scandal, as the president and secretary of education are pushing for the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), raises some concerns. Teachers unions and education reform opponents had lambasted Ms. Rhee's program measuring student learning and rewarding high-performing principals and teachers with bonuses, while threatening low performers with termination.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS | November 17, 2008
So it seems there's this new couple coming to town (the husband just got a job with the government). Now they are scouting schools for their children, and people are wondering whether they're going to go public or private. Can we be honest here? D.C. public schools are not good enough for the Obama kids. I'm not doubting the dedication of public school teachers. And yes, there are exceptional public schools - but the exceptions prove the rule. Public schools, particularly in urban areas, are largely failing our children.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2011
Food, spies, money, politics, education and war are on the agenda for the sixth season of the Baltimore Speakers Series, which returns in October at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Among the eight luminaries who will be speaking in the series sponsored by Stevenson University are former Washington schools superintendent Michelle Rhee, former CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, and sustainable food champion Michael Pollan. In addition, former U.S. military commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal will speak, as will Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," and Ron Chernow, biographer of business titans J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Sun reporter | June 12, 2008
WASHINGTON - Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso and members of a newly formed coalition called yesterday for education issues to be part of the presidential campaign and urged the candidates to focus attention on the achievement gap between black students and white students. Alonso was among a half-dozen educators, politicians and civil rights activists who launched the Education Equity Project during a news conference at the National Press Club. The coalition wants educational inequities to be viewed as a civil rights issue and is calling for even more drastic changes than the major school reform efforts of the past decade.
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