Please read Michelle Rhee’s op-ed today in the Washington Post. While I still feel that some of the praise for her should wait until the results are studied, the progress she has made in moving the district forward is impressive. Her work ethic and drive are just amazing to me in tackling this amazingly difficult task.
The op-ed is important because it clearly demonstrates that she does appreciate great teachers which is why she has dedicated most of her life in this effort. It seems that education reformers, like ABCTe, often get tagged as hating teachers. We all know that teachers are the key to success and we just want the best possible teachers in every classroom.
She is setting the stage for a difficult negotiation and hopefully this will clear some of the air. But since so few people read the newspaper anymore, it probably won’t help much.