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20080327_gauge_3330_4023 If you haven't yet heard of Michelle Rhee, just sneak a peak at the magazine rack by the supermarket checkout line. Rhee, the hard-charging chancellor of the Washington, D.C., school system, is on the latest cover of Time magazine. And so, by extension, is her biggest concern: Teacher quality.

Here's a taste of the story:

"Rhee has promised to make Washington the highest-performing urban school district in the nation, a prospect that, if realized, could transform the way schools are run. She is attempting to do this through a relentless focus on finding -– and rewarding -– strong teachers, purging incompetent ones and weakening the tenure system that keeps bad teachers in the classroom."

We couldn’t help but highlight these lines, too, by Time writer Amanda Ripley: "Superintendents, parents and teachers in urban school districts lament systemic problems they cannot control: poverty, hunger, violence and negligent parents. They bicker over small improvements such as class size and curriculum, like diplomats touring a refugee camp and talking about the need for nicer curtains."

St. Petersburg Times columnist Bill Maxwell recently wrote about Rhee and her tenure-busting ways.

Ron Matus, State Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:06am]


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