Michelle Rhee was a keynote speaker this time last year at an education reform conference hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. She began her remarks by stating she was hired to lead the Washington, D.C., school district to stem the flow of D.C. students into charter schools. I was stunned. Why would she want fewer district students going into charter schools? If every publicly-funded D.C. school was a charter, implementing Rhee’s HR agenda would have been far easier. At-will contracts and pay-for-performance are the norm in most charter schools.
This week at MichelleRhee.org, the former D.C. schools chancellor asked for some ideas on improving education. Beyond the obvious (stop discouraging students from attending charter schools, for instance), here are a few thoughts: