DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee Resigns with Mayor Fenty's Defeat

RedTracker| The education battle between Washington DC School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and the DC school system and teacher’s union is over.

“I’m a serial monogamist, not a job hopper,” she said over breakfast in June 2008, citing the 10 years she spent running the New Teacher Project, the nonprofit group she founded before coming to the District. via Washington Post

The recent defeat of Rhee’s staunch supporter Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty ended her controversial and determined bettle to improve DC’s school system.

The presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray and interim chancellor Kaya Henderson also want rising test scores, a narrowing achievement gap, improved teacher quality, expanding enrollment and higher graduation rates. WaPo says, watch results in these areas:

—‘Minimally Effective’ teachers

—Expanded use of standardized tests

— Chartering authority

— Special education

— ‘Secondary schol ‘transformation’

Rhee appeared on the 2010 fall season debut show of Oprah with Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone, and the founders of the KIPP charter schools.

Her work is widely cited in a new documentary “Waiting for Superman”, directed by “Inconvenient Truth” filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who also appeared on the Oprah show.

Waiting for Superman Official Trailer

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