ERIC Number: EJ808804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-3
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D.C.'s Chancellor Makes Her Case
Maxwell, Lesli A.
Education Week, v28 n2 p22-25 Sep 2008
Michelle A. Rhee, the chancellor of the public schools in Washington D.C. since June 2007, has become a favorite of the school reform set due to her bold efforts to remake the public schools in the nation's capital. For Rhee, exposing mismanagement, incompetence, and wide disparities in teaching quality has been a deliberate tactic as she builds her case to overhaul one of the nation's most beleaguered school districts. Purging ineffective teachers, principals, and central-office employees and recruiting talented replacements, she argues, is the only way to turn around a system that has been failing for decades. At the heart of that effort is the chancellor's quest to radically reshape the city's teachers' contract with a proposal that could make Washington teachers some of the highest-paid in the nation, provided they give up tenure protections and link their pay to student performance. While Rhee stakes much of her reform strategy on the teachers' contract, she said her team is working diligently on instructional initiatives for this school year that will center largely around the use of data. The district is already using interim assessments, but Rhee said there is "a long way to go" in training teachers on how to use and analyze data from those exams to help them adjust instruction.
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Restructuring, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, School Districts, Tenure, Academic Achievement, Federal Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001