The Future for Ms. Rhee

By Michelle R. Davis — June 18, 2007 1 min read
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Bloggers have been weighing in regarding the announcement last week that Michelle Rhee will be the next chancellor of the troubled Washington D.C. public school system. Some are criticizing Ms. Rhee’s lack of school leadership experience—she only spent three years as a teacher through the Teach For America program—and has little experience overseeing a huge, bureaucratic organization like a school system.

But others say that’s just what the D.C. schools need—a fresh eye and an innovator. Over at Going to the Mat, Matt Johnston says Ms. Rhee’s appointment is cause for cautious hope. Marc Fisher of The Washington Post says Ms. Rhee will face an uphill climb gaining acceptance from principals and teachers in the district. And the Quick and the Ed provide a primer on Ms. Rhee’s qualifications, predicting that she will focus on staffing.

Education Week readers weigh in here with their opinions. For the basics on Ms. Rhee, see this Associated Press story.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Around the Web blog.