December 1, 1990 |
The school board in the nation's capital fired Supt. Andrew Jenkins, citing his handling of the troubled school system. The board voted to place Jenkins on 30 days administrative leave with pay and terminate his contract on Dec. 30. Vice Supt. William Brown was named acting superintendent. The superintendent narrowly escaped firing in July, when the board decided to keep him on until his contract expired at the end of this school year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013 |
California is sorely lacking when it comes to school reform, failing to adopt policies to limit teacher tenure and use student test scores in teacher evaluations, according to a rating of states issued Monday by a high-profile education advocacy group. California received an overall grade of F, ranking 41st nationally, from StudentsFirst, a Sacramento-based group run by Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., whose outspoken views have polarized those who share her focus on improving the nation's schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - When Michelle Rhee wants to make a point about what she sees as the coddling of American children, she refers to her daughters' abundant soccer trophies. "My daughters suck at soccer," she says to crowds that roar with knowing laughter. The former District of Columbia schools chancellor is pitch perfect in the role of outraged parent and education reformer, distilling complex policy debates into bare-knuckled banter. In Rhee's world, as she recently told crowds in Los Angeles and Sacramento, teacher seniority protections are "whack," principals can be "nutty" and charter schools can be "crappy.
January 17, 2011 |
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
August 13, 1990 |
Some kids get to go to tennis camp. Some kids get to go to basketball camp. Then there's culture camp. Eight kids recently got to spend a weekend day at a sort of culture camp, anyway, at the Biltmore Hotel. The $150 cost included all the ginger ale and scrambled eggs-with-caviar they could tolerate, which wasn't much at all. Actually, the gathering looked more like a birthday party than anything else. At 10 a.m.
February 11, 2012 |
No one, it seems, is lukewarm about Michelle Rhee; she's a pass-fail figure, inspiring or polarizing. In the name of reforming public schools, the onetime Teach for America teacher, depending on your viewpoint, either trailblazed or bulldozed her way through Washington, D.C.'s school system as its chancellor, closing schools, firing people and raising student scores -- and questions about the tactics. Now she is extending her agenda nationwide with StudentsFirst, which supports culling bad teachers, school choice for parents and tightfisted budgeting - all of which she sums up with the word "accountability.