October 1st, 2007

Michelle Rhee in Washington, DC
Michelle Rhee in Washington DC Episode 1: Setting Her Sights on Change

This program was made by possible by support from the Annenberg, The Eli and Edythe Broad, Bill & Melinda Gates, William and Flora Hewlett and Wallace Foundations.

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What happens when a troubled school district hires a new, inexperienced and self-proclaimed rule-bender as superintendent?

Washington’s new superintendent, Michelle Rhee, promises to turn D.C.’s failing school system around. But she faces deep skepticism from a city that has heard promises from 6 superintendents in the last 10 years.

In this episode, we meet Michelle Rhee and see how she’s dealing with some of her challenges: what she calls a “bloated and unresponsive” central office, dilapidated facilities, and test scores that rank below nearly every other urban school district in the country.

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I caught Monday’s feature. Will this young, idealistic superintendent last the year in the D.C. schools?

I sure liked her and her attitude. At least she knows what’s supposed to happen in a classroom.

You really cut to the essential issues and gave us a good, long look at Rhee herself. It was a pleasure to watch. I learned a lot.

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