This Atlantic article is pretty interesting. Michelle Rhee the new Schools Chancellor ( A recent position) seems to be shaking things up in DC with Education. It appears the old guard doesn’t want change, nope they are plenty happy with terrible schools and keeping kids down.
Rhee, responsible not to a school board but only to the mayor, went on
a spree almost as soon as she arrived. She gained the right to fire
central-office employees and then axed 98 of them. She canned 24
principals, 22 assistant principals, and, at the beginning of this
summer, 250 teachers and 500 teaching aides. She announced plans to
close 23 underused schools and set about restructuring 26 other schools
(together, about a third of the system). And she began negotiating a
radical performance-based compensation contract with the teachers union
that could revolutionize the way teachers get paid.
That will get some attention.