Assessment of Rhee/Henderson/Mayoral control in DC public schools

Here is a very long article on the legacy of the mayoral takeover of DC public schools back in 2007, which brought in Chancellors Rhee and Henderson, among other things. Having been a teacher, a mentor, and a volunteer in and visiting DC public schools for that period of time, I’m not particularly impressed with the changes I’ve seen. The article, which I still haven’t finished reading, has criticism of what hasn’t worked, by Mary Levy and  John Merrow, and also features a reply by Thomas Toch (who is very much a cheerleader for the “reforms”).

Here’s the link. Please read the article and comment, and take some action as well.


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  1. Guy and his readers, Because of space restrictions, The Washington Monthly was not able to include a long section about the cheating by adults and Rhee’s and Henderson’s decisions to ignore the warning signs and their subsequent takeover of all the supposedly independent investigations. It’s a sordid story that should be heard/read, because it was all covered up or ignored….and no lessons learned. You can find it at, my blog, in a post entitled ‘Education’s Hot Air Balloon.


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