Battle for School Reform in D.C. Gets New General
(Washington Examiner) — Michelle Rhee is no longer field marshal in the school reform battlefield in the nation’s capital. Now the real siege begins. Before Adrian Fenty and Rhee marched into town, the word among many civic and business leaders was that D.C. public schools had to be “blown up” before they could be fixed. In many ways, that’s what the two accomplished. Rhee closed 23 schools. Previous school leaders couldn’t shutter one. In the process, she faced the wrath of communities and teachers across town, mostly in African-American wards that had lost population and students.