D.C. School Chancellor: Michelle Rhee
A decade into the “No Child Left Behind” policy, the U.S. ranks 21st, 23rd, and 25th, respectively, in reading, math, and science worldwide. Former Washington D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee fought to reform a public school system littered with turmoil. In her first two years in office, she achieved the largest test results gain with districts that ranked at the bottom of U.S schools.2 Her resignation came shortly after D.C.’s mayor, Adrian Fenty, lost in the primary race. During a time when the U.S. education system is criticized for lacking intellectual competiveness with countries like China and India, does Rhee’s resignation symbolize a deeper problem of our nation’s culture of educational leadership? Is the U.S. quitting on good teachers and, in a sense, choosing tenure over students? Though she’s left the D.C. school system, Rhee started StudentsFirst, a not-for-profit “movement to transform public education”. Rhee believes she can better affect change from outside the system. However, having seen positive results from her reforms and knowing what is possible, D.C. students remain in a transformation left unfinished.