Friday, April 01, 2011

Michelle Rhee for Secretary of Education!

The news this week makes one thing absolutely clear: the only person who can solve the problems or underachievement, featherbedding, and sheer ineptitude in America's schools is Michelle Rhee.

Let's take a look at the record. In just three years as chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee was able to:

==>Improve the test performance at one of the public schools from 10% at or above grade level to 58%.
Standardized test scores improved dramatically. In 2006, only 10% of Noyes' students scored "proficient" or "advanced" in math on the standardized tests required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Two years later, 58% achieved that level. The school showed similar gains in reading.

==>Fire or otherwise eliminate over 600 teachers and principals.

==>Award over $1,000,000 in bonuses to teachers and principals whose students improved their test scores.

==>Rolled out new educational technology in the DC Public Schools, the self-correcting answer sheet. By using this new technology, some high performing schools in the District were able to accomplish an erasure rate of 85%, with the rate of "wrong to right" erasures of 12.7 per test, a rate heretofore achieved only in some of the fraternities at the legendary Faber College.

==>Parlayed astounding DC test scores to $75 million in new federal funding for District schools.

We are long past the time when we can rely on overpaid "educators" with their so-called "credentials" and "diplomas" to understand what our students need. The time has come for a steady hand at the helm of our educational institutions, and that steady hand is attached to the steady arm, which is attached to the steady shoulder of the one person who recognizes that our educational problems are caused by teachers and students: attack them, fix the test results, and we'll be in great shape!

Today DC, tomorrow the world!

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Anonymous Marv said...

I fully support Michelle Rhee as Secretary of Education. Someone needs to have her fighting spirit and strength to revive America's crumbling public education system.

April 04, 2011 4:16 PM  

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