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Educators rebut Rhee’s tough grading
The Washington Times ^ | 8 January 2013 | Ben Wolfgang

Posted on 01/08/2013 10:01:09 AM PST by COBOL2Java


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"Our educators, our kids and our families are forced to operate in a ridiculous bureaucracy," Michelle Rhee, here in 2011, said Monday after StudentsFirst released a report card on education policies. (Associated Press)


One of American education’s leading provocateurs still knows how to set off a firestorm.

Former D.C. public schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on Monday unveiled her first “report card” grading education policies in every state.

Its conclusion is that, with a handful of exceptions, they all stink.

Teachers’ unions and other defenders of American public schools excoriated Ms. Rhee and her advocacy group, StudentsFirst, for the indictment of U.S. schools. The rankings focused on state support and promotion of school choice, teacher evaluations and other controversial criteria.

Student performance on standardized tests was not the dominant factor, as evidenced by the fact that Massachusetts, consistently at or near the top of the heap when measured by pupil test scores, got a “D” on the StudentsFirst list.

The majority of states, 28 including Maryland and Virginia, got “D’s,” while 11 were given an “F.” No state received an “A” grade. Only two, Louisiana and Florida, got “B’s.”

Nine states and the District, which Ms. Rhee led from 2007 to 2010, received a “C.”

“Our educators, our kids and our families are forced to operate in a ridiculous bureaucracy,” Ms. Rhee told reporters on Monday morning, explaining one reason why states fared so poorly in her review.

No stranger to controversy, Ms. Rhee surely knew her report would not only get attention but also would provoke swift and vicious reaction.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education
See the report card Here
1 posted on 01/08/2013 10:01:17 AM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

"Dumb, fat and stupid is no way to go through life, California."

2 posted on 01/08/2013 10:09:42 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: COBOL2Java
Educators rebut Rhee’s tough grading

I saw no rebuttal in the article. Some denials and ad hominem attacks against Rhee, but no rebuttals.

3 posted on 01/08/2013 10:19:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I guess for a liberal, an ad hominem attack sufficiently qualifies as a rebuttal.


4 posted on 01/08/2013 10:35:16 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: COBOL2Java

It’s no wonder that the ed establishment came down hard on Rhee’s rankings - if you look at her methodology, it’s largely focused on evaluation and accountability. Those factors to public school educrats are like holy water to vampires.


5 posted on 01/08/2013 10:54:08 AM PST by Stosh
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To: Stosh

There is no such thing in any public educational bureaucracy in this country as a fair evaluation.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 11:32:22 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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