October 19, 2010 |
DURING THE Phillies playoff game Saturday night, the announcers mentioned that Jayson Werth will be one of the most coveted free agents in the off-season. Given his statistics, there will be a beehive of activity among ball clubs to sign him. There's now an education free agent on the market. Like the Phillies, if Philadelphia wants to turn its education fortunes around and create a winning culture, the school district should try to sign Michelle Rhee. Last week, the Edsel-makers of public education won a big round.
December 12, 2013
A story last Thursday wrongly mentioned a source of political donations to State Rep. Margo Davidson (D., Delaware). The donations came from a Pennsylvania-based organization called Students First that has no ties to the national group StudentsFirst founded by Michelle Rhee.
November 8, 2011 |
"WE HAVE an opening in Philadelphia. Are you interested?" That was one question an audience member submitted for former Washington, D.C., public-schools chancellor Michelle Rhee after her hour-long lecture to a nearly full auditorium at the Kimmel Center last night, undoubtedly referring to the Philadelphia School District's open superindendent position. Rhee didn't directly answer, but said that she misses her previous job, in which she implemented controversial reforms.
February 6, 2013
ON MY RADIO SHOW on 1210-AM Wednesday morning, I will be interviewing the most dangerous person to the education/industrial complex in America and the educrats who run it. Michelle Rhee is a woman, an Asian-American, a Democrat and a threat to the dysfunctional status quo of the American education system. She'll be speaking Wednesday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia main branch to promote her new book, Radical. The book is a guided tour through her early work in education, her tumultuous years heading up the Washington, D.C., public schools and her work with her million-member group, Students First.
February 21, 2013
KAHLIL BYRD is all about change, and I don't mean for a dollar or a fiver. No, sir. The change he wants is "disruptive politics" as a path to a better democracy. Byrd is former chief executive of Americans Elect, a 2012 effort that sought an alternative to the two-party presidential nominating process; he's current president of Students First, an education-reform group founded and headed by onetime Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. Byrd's keynoting an education conference at Penn on Saturday, "The Debate for America's Future: Assessing the Viability of Public Education Solutions.
October 1, 2010 |
Superman and Green Lantern have nothing on Geoffrey Canada, educator and bright light of Waiting for "Superman," Davis Guggenheim's devastating portrait of American public schools. Guggenheim, Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth , tells the stories of five students waiting to hear whether they've won the charter-school lottery, and offers his diagnosis. In interviews with Canada and other reformers, he prescribes a course of action. Survivor of the "failure factories" that are American high schools, Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, knows what it takes to get students from cradle to college diploma.
September 30, 2010 |
I don't know if the education documentary "Waiting for Superman" will win the Oscar, but it should win some sort of prize for not using the word "outcomes. " Davis Guggenheim's big-buzz doc is an emotionally charged movie that's mercifully free of the education-debate jargon that causes me to lapse into a narcoleptic coma. Detractors will say "Superman" is also free of important facts. There are no serious counterarguments to the movie's agenda - it's for charters schools and merit pay, it's against easy tenure, and it makes a hard-nosed pitch for expanding the right of school administrators to can lousy teachers.
September 22, 2011 |
Michelle Rhee, the former head of public schools in the District of Columbia, urged young teachers Thursday in Philadelphia to back legislation that would end layoffs based on seniority. Rhee, who was chancellor in Washington from 2007 to 2010, said the "last in, first out" law in Pennsylvania should be replaced by a system that preserves jobs for the best-rated teachers. She addressed teachers and others in a packed library at Simon Gratz High School, now a Mastery Charter school, and bristled at assertions that she was antiunion.
August 8, 2011 |
SCHOOL may be out for the summer, but across the country - from Atlanta to D.C., and now Philadelphia - policymakers and the press have focused on student achievement. In these school districts, alleged widespread test-score irregularities are calling assessment results into question. In D.C. - the focus of particular attention, given the high profile of ex-school chancellor Michelle Rhee - the irregularities threaten to undercut the district's heralded gains as well as major elements of its ambitious reform plan.
September 23, 2013
Parents find a way The poll results on views of the city schools do not tell the whole story ("In poll, young adults sour on city schools," Sept. 18). Of course, people will sour on schools when budgets are being aggressively slashed and people feel that children are being abandoned by the School District, city, and state. But parents often find meaningful school options for their kids by traveling from all corners of the city, while others commute into Philadelphia from Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs.