Whither Michelle Rhee? asks National Journal of its Education Experts. Michelle Rhee has resigned as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.
She leaves as her legacy the mass firings of teachers rated as minimally effective, increased emphasis on charter schools, and expanded use of standardized tests.
. . . For education policymakers, how significant is Rhee’s very public struggle with a major city’s public school system? Does it help or hurt the debate to have a face and a name attached to it? Can educators take policy cues from her experience, or are the lessons to be learned largely about politics?
“Bold education reform isn’t particularly popular with the general public,” writes Checker Finn.
Education reformers tend to suppose that there’s a vast army of parents, voters and taxpayers marching behind them. Would that it were so. Most folks, though, don’t welcome disruption in their lives and even if their child attends a dreadful school or has a feckless classroom instructor, they aren’t necessarily keen to make a change and they’re even less keen to have someone force a change upon them.
Being nicer wouldn’t have helped, writes Rick Hess.