Michelle Rhee: devil incarnate or savior of education?
by WashStateBlue, Tue Feb 10, 2009 at 12:34:04 PM EST
Ok, a little hyperbolic on the title, but not many lukewarm opinions flying around on the current Chancellor of the Washington DC school systems.
This is quite an interesting issue for the left to discuss, as the Teachers Union has been a bedrock of the left for generations. But, being a parent, knowing lots of parents, and having a best friends wife who is waist deep in local Washington State School politics, I think we are heading for a confrontation between the Union and those wanting reform of the Public School systems.
Rhee is nothing if not controversial, and right now, she is heading for her biggest battle, a new contract that could become a kind of prototype for those who want to see a change in the power triad of the Union, Tenure and Teacher Pay.
The contract battle is looming, and recently Rhee wrote an editorial that some see as either an attempt to cover her backside or an actual softening of her position:
It's hard to separate her from the overall discussion of what she is proposing, but it would be fascinating to know how our new Education Secretary is looking at the coming battle going on right in his new front yard.