A New Website on Michelle Rhee’s Sorry Record

A brief quote from the website (written by someone unknown to me):

Welcome to RheeFirst!

Michelle Rhee is the Sarah Palin of public education. She is all celebrity and very little record. To the extent she has a record, she has misrepresented it. Closer scrutiny of her reveals that she has a long and persistent pattern of inflating her successes. She claims that “record gains” were made in student tests scores during her tenure as Chancellor in DC. Not true. She claims that graduation rates were over 70 percent. Not true. She claims she cut the central office budget by 50 percent. Not true. Rhee claims she is for kids, but inflating her record does not help them.

All of Rhee’s celebrity will not cover up the fact that she has a very unimpressive record. It’s time we set the record straight. Hence, this website. Here you will find academic reports, informed opinion, news articles, informed blogs and videos. Guest columns are welcomed. Please send your material to be considered for posting here. Finally, everyone enjoys a good laugh, so please share those, too.

Published in: on March 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. According to Rhee her money will support politicians who support her agenda. The money is not going to students.

    From her website:
    State law should give districts the autonomy to develop teacher evaluation systems apart from the
    collective bargaining process. Evaluations should be a matter of district policy.
    • States must reduce legal barriers to entry in the teaching profession, including complicated credentialing or certification schemes that rely upon factors that do not clearly correlate with teacher effectiveness.
    • State law should NOT be structured to penalize districts financially for recruiting teachers from alternate certification programs.
    • States should adopt a clear process by which alternative certification programs ARE AUTHORIZED continually evaluated, and decommissioned if not producing high-quality educators.
    All of these actions are designed to reduce the cost of paying teachers and recruiting teachers internationally (a work force who are willing to work for 1/3 of new teacher salaries. This is a practice that is occurring in some of the non-profit private schools in DC..


  2. EAI scores overstated due to error, audit finds

    April 26, 1995|By Mike Bowler | Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer
    An error in the testing office of the city Department of Education caused officials to overstate test-score gains last spring in the schools operated by Education Alternative Inc., according to an investigation by the city auditor.

    Allan Reynolds, the auditor, told the City Council’s Education and Human Resources Committee yesterday that someone in the Education Department, “unintentionally, we believe,” substituted 1991 results for 1994 results in June, when the department was preparing a news release on results of the 1994 Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills.

    The resulting rosy report was touted as proof of large achievement gains in the eight “Tesseract” elementary schools operated for profit by the Minneapolis firm.
    But final results released and reported in October showed that reading and math scores generally declined in the EAI schools between 1992 and 1994, while rising districtwide.

    Mr. Reynolds’ audit, requested by two council members, appeared to put the dispute to rest. “Basically, it says we were sloppy and didn’t use good methods,” said 2nd District Councilman Carl Stokes, chairman of the committee and one of those requesting the audit. “I’m satisfied that there was nothing underhanded.”

    The audit also looked at why so many students at the Tesseract schools scored a “one” — the lowest possible result — in the 1994 test.

    Mr. Reynolds said when scores were counted only for students who had been in a given school for both years of testing — as opposed to those who moved from school to school — the number of “ones” was reduced by 25 percent.

    L’Tanya W. Sloan, chief of accountability for the system, told the committee that adjusting the scores for the “ones” did not appreciably change the results for any of the EAI schools.



  3. I’d love to meet this new blogger. I checked out the site and it seems like it is right on the money.


  4. Guy — thanks for bringing this blog to readers’ attention. Looks very interesting.


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