DC Schools Chief Michelle Rhee Resigning

She'll make it official tomorrow
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2010 7:48 PM CDT
DC Schools Chief Michelle Rhee Resigning
District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

One of the most prominent names in education reform is leaving her post. Michelle Rhee will resign tomorrow as chancellor of the DC school system, the Washington Post reports. The move had been expected since her political ally, Mayor Adrian Fenty, lost his bid for re-election in the Democratic primary. Rhee had publicly questioned whether the man who beat him, Vincent Gray, would give her the same control.

The Post sums up Rhee's goals as "higher student achievement, better teachers, and greater accountability for their classroom performance," and in pursuing them she fired hundreds of teachers, shut more than two dozen schools, gave principals more say in hiring, and created a pay system that rewards improved test scores. (More Michelle Rhee stories.)

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