Washington DC – stupid city or state
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Adding to the annals of America’s broken government, include Michelle Rhee. The former mayor brought Michelle to the forefront to fix Washington DC’s broken school system. She was hard charging and improved the performance of children while purging the system of bad teachers and excess cost. The constituents should have cheered and championed to retain her.
The DC voters didn’t like the all business personality of the former mayor and replaced him with a Mr. Nice Guy who, IMO, represents a below average potential performer. The first thing he did was get rid of Rhee as she made it clear what she thought of him.
In the end, Rhee wins professionally as she will move forward, and DC students and families lose because this mayor represents more of the old and back to poor performance.
DC, call it a city or call it a state, it is a poor performer just the same.
“Michelle Rhee to announce resignation as D.C. schools chancellor on Wednesday
Michelle Rhee talks with Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews about about D.C.'s school system issues, and what her kids learned from the new documentary "Waiting For Superman."
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, October 13, 2010; 12:01 AM
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee will announce Wednesday that she is resigning at the end of this month, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that drew national acclaim but that also became a central issue in an election that sent her patron, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, to defeat.
Rhee survived three contentious years that made her a superstar of the education reform movement and one of the longest-serving school leaders in the city in two decades. Student test scores rose, and the teachers union accepted a contract that gave the chancellor sweeping powers to fire the lowest-performing among them.
But Rhee will leave with considerable unfinished business in her quest to improve teaching, close the worst schools and infuse a culture of excellence in a system that has been one of the nation's least effective at educating students.
She will be replaced until at least the end of the school year by Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson, a close associate.
Rhee and presumptive mayor Vincent C. Gray recently reached a "mutual decision" during a phone conversation that it was best for her to step down, said people close to both, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "They both agreed the sooner they could put this to bed, the better for the kids and the community, " an official close to Gray said.”