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Michelle Rhee and Merit Pay in DC

ACCE Webmaster on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 4:58:00 pm

TimeThis week Time Magazine featured Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools, as its cover story.  If you haven't read about Rhee and the reforms she is driving in DC public schools, you should check out this article.

Rhee, a daughter of Korean immigrants and an alumni of the Teach for American program, has shaken things up in our nation's capitol.  Since taking over as the city's public school boss roughly 18 months ago she has shut 21 schools, cut 100 employees at the school's central office, and fired 270 teachers and 36 principals. According to Time:

"Rhee is convinced that the answer to the U.S.'s education catastrophe is talent, in the form of outstanding teachers and principals. She wants to make Washington teachers the highest paid in the country, and in exchange she wants to get rid of the weakest teachers."

Rhee is a proponent of merit pay system and an opponent of tenure.  She is battling some teachers, the teacher's union and some parents the whole way on both fronts.  To read the full article, click HERE.

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