A few more superintendents like this, please

From the New York Times, via the Seattle Times, comes a story of a school system leader who means business:

Michelle Rhee, the reform-minded chancellor who took over public schools in Washington, D.C., three years ago, said Friday that she had fired 241 teachers, including 165 who received poor appraisals under a new evaluation system that for the first time holds some educators accountable for student improvement in standardized test scores.

“Every child in a District of Columbia public school has a right to a highly effective teacher; in every classroom, of every school, of every neighborhood, of every ward, in this city,” the chancellor said. “That is our commitment.”

The Washington, DC schools are notoriously poor, with not only low performance but until recently, poor management.

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