To the Editor:
Help me to understand. In your Sept. 22, 2010, edition, under the headline “Rhee Reflective in Aftershock of D.C. Primary,” the following positive things were mentioned related to Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s leadership of schools in the nation’s capital: (1) Elementary students are learning foreign language and are involved in International Baccalaureate programs; (2) test scores have improved; (3) the enrollment decline has slowed; (4) the bureaucracy has been improved and the district is saving money; (5) the graduation rate has improved, especially for black students; and (6) hundreds of millions of dollars have poured in to upgrade and rebuild rundown schools.
And her job is in jeopardy because people didn’t like the pace or her communication skills? Are you kidding me?
Are we in this business to serve kids or the adults? Who are we responsible to? Do we really want improvement, or do we want to continue to talk about it? Please help me understand.
A version of this article appeared in the October 20, 2010 edition of Education Week as Michelle Rhee’s Fate Mystifies This Reader