Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rhee to leave D.C. schools post

It's been in the newspapers today...

"D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee made public her resignation today. Rhee's three-year tenure as chancellor saw a rise in test scores and a landmark contract with teachers, drew national attention over controversial reforms that included the dismissal of hundreds of teachers and school staff and brought about many conflicts with the teachers' union. Rhee's departure had been expected after Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-election bid. Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson is replacing Rhee in an acting capacity." The Washington Post (10/13) , The New York Times (free registration) (10/12)

Opposing vision for school reform: 

- Sacramento, Calif., Superintendent Jonathan P. Raymond takes a different position on school improvement than the one promoted by outgoing District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and 15 other superintendents nationwide. In this letter, Raymond writes that teachers should not be blamed for problems with education. After watching the documentary "Waiting for Superman," Raymond said, he determined that there are multiple reasons why students struggle, including poverty and a lack of parental engagement. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog

- Dorothy Egbufor, runningmate of George Parker for WTU leadership, shares Tom Peter's philosophy on education: "I imagine a school system that recognizes learning is natural, that a love of learning is normal, and that real learning is passionate learning. A school curriculum that values questions above answers…creativity above fact and regurgitation…individuality above conformity...and excellence above standardized performance….. And we must reject all notions of 'reform' that serve up more of the same: more testing, more 'standards', more uniformity, more conformity, more bureaucracy." 
Our team is for everything that is best for our students and teachers. Vote for the Parker-Egbufor slate, we get the real union work done!

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