How do you measure success in school reform?
Jason M. Breslow, www.pbs.org
More than two years after stepping down as chancellor of Washington, D.C.’s public schools, Michelle Rhee remains one of the most controversial education reformers in the nation. In Washington, Rhee’s forthright style helped turn around a struggling district, but her decision to close schools and fire hundreds of teachers and principals also sparked a backlash.
Rhee has since taken her reform agenda nationally, yet supporters and critics alike continue to wrestle with many of the same questions that dominated her tenure in Washington. For example, how do you turn around a struggling school? What makes a good teacher? How do you measure success in education, and what are the best ways to navigate barriers to reform?
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