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.
Teachers in Washington, DC are nervous—and with good reason. 23 schools are scheduled to be closed, and 27 more are likely to undergo big changes as a result of the federal law known as No Child Left Behind. What’s more, new chancellor Michelle Rhee, who has said that DC needs “a new breed” of educators, is currently negotiating a new contract with the teachers’ union. The future of hundreds of teachers is uncertain.
In this episode, we meet some of the teachers who might be affected by Rhee’s radical plans. We also meet L. Nelson Burton, Principal of Coolidge Senior High School where less than a quarter of students are proficient in reading. Principal Burton has promised Rhee that he’ll raise test scores by 33% by the end of the year in order to save his school and boost student achievement.
(Originally aired April 2, 2008)
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