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.
Washington, DC’s public school students aren’t performing well: almost 20% of district schools now face No Child Left Behind’s harshest sanction, a drastic change to the school called “restructuring.” At the end of her first year on the job, Michelle Rhee continues to face serious challenges. And to make matters tougher, she’s hemorrhaging students, losing about 2,000 a year to charter schools.
In this episode, we follow Rhee as she begins to implement her radical restructuring plans and we meet a Principal and Board of Ed representative who worry that Rhee hasn’t fully considered the challenges. We also meet Susan Schaeffler, Executive Director KIPP DC, whose charter schools have won prominent praise over the last few years.
(Originally aired June 18, 2008)
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