Michelle Rhee in Trouble

6 Jan

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It’s amazing just how much I felt I needed a weekend after only two days back.   My students were great for the most part, but this job gets demanding and I feel it more this year with the longer day and year.

It hasn’t been a good week for Michelle Rhee.   She’s the subject of not one, but two different stories this week:

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst Group Loses Top Democrats, Hires New President

“There were known to be some significant differences on political strategy and policy matters, especially in StudentsFirst’s approach toward unions and partisanship,” said a source close to the education reform community who declined to be named in order to preserve working relationships.”

Frontline Raises Questions About Test Score Tampering Under Rhee

“The hour-long program raises questions about whether District officials have adequately investigated persistent suspicions that public school employees may have tampered with tests during the tenure of former schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.”

 

LOCAL

Chicago Gets Rid of Its Cops — Just Like Oakland

“Paying teachers less and getting fewer cops to do more enables Mayor Rahm to take the money he saves on salaries and hand it over to rich developers to build upscale skyscrapers in high-rent neighborhoods that are already bursting with development.”

New Supplemental Materials Posted by the Commission on School Utilization

The commission has posted a whole lot of new resources on their site for anybody following the school closings.

No Deal on Illinois Pension Fix, Talks to Continue

“A potential breakthrough on a pension fix surfaced on Friday when Quinn announced that Madigan had agreed to defer until a later date a measure to gradually shift state payments for teacher pensions onto local school districts. Republican lawmakers were concerned the move would lead to local property tax hikes.”

 

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2 Responses to “Michelle Rhee in Trouble”

  1. Xian Barrett January 7, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    I would like to add some context to what seems to be a heated debate about the number of law enforcement necessary to police the city.

    NYC pop.: 8.2mil, police force: about 34,000= about 1 officer/241 people
    Chi pop: 2.7mil about 12,200= about 1 officer/221 people

    I’d argue that poor procedures and governance are likely to play a larger role in the performance of the CPD. With crime figures, segregation and economics are also likely to play a big role

    • cps299 January 7, 2013 at 3:30 am #

      I think the very pockets of neglect in this city create the need for more offices. I do get your point though. There’s a lot that I think should be done differently.

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