Friday, November 23, 2007

Rhee's huge (and controversial) charter plan

In a short tenure that has been defined by change Chancellor Rhee is proposing her largest and most controversial overhaul yet.
D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, in considering turning over the management of 27 failing public schools to nonprofit charter education firms, is sending a clear signal that she intends to shake up the moribund bureaucracy that has failed generations of students.

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Last week, Rhee mentioned three national charter operators in restructuring meetings with school leaders from Cardozo and Roosevelt senior high schools in Northwest Washington. When she appeared with Fenty at a news conference Friday to discuss the issue, she said she is not favoring one school reform option over another but is researching them all.

Rhee said she will meet with more school leaders and then make a decision in January or February. Deborah A. Gist, the District's state superintendent of education, is awaiting Rhee's plan, which must be approved by her office.


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