| Mar 26, 2011
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a far-reaching teacher merit-pay bill that will overhaul how teachers across the state will be evaluated and paid.
The law creates an evaluation system that relies heavily on student test score data to judge teacher...
| Nov 7, 2010
Teachers unions have a well-deserved reputation for exercising political clout. With a nearly unparalleled ability to raise cash and organize their ranks, they have elected school boards, influenced legislation and helped set the public school agenda in...
| Nov 14, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Roxanne Brummell has thrived in what many consider the toughest new testing ground for teachers in the nation.
The fifth-grade teacher in Washington, D.C., earned a "highly effective" rating under the district's controversial system that...
| Feb 2, 2011
| 5:58 PM
A lot of Republicans in Tallahassee probably are wishing Alex Sink won the election.
At least she understood the ground rules of what you can and can't do.
Scott is oblivious.
He is the first governor since the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah to take...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 9:45 AM
The Baltimore City Council, spurred by Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, deserves praise for its resolution endorsing the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, to be held in Washington, D.C., on July 30. This march, and the national attention it...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 6:16 PM
A significant number of Baltimore teachers — in some schools as many as 60 percent of the staff — have received unsatisfactory ratings on their midyear evaluations as the system moves to implement a pay-for-performance contract that's...
| Feb 11, 2012
No one, it seems, is lukewarm about Michelle Rhee; she's a pass-fail figure, inspiring or polarizing.
In the name of reforming public schools, the onetime Teach for America teacher, depending on your viewpoint, either trailblazed or bulldozed her way...
| Jun 25, 2011
| 2:46 PM
In Camden, N.J., a principal said the pressure to pump up students' standardized test results came with a threat from a district supervisor — nice medical benefits you have for your sick daughter, sure would be a shame to lose them.
In Atlanta, one...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 9:30 AM
Michelle Rhee is back in town.
This time it is as a "grass-roots" activist who only wants to put children first. Surely many of her fans in the testing industry think that's really at the heart of what they are doing. They look at failing public...
| Sep 6, 2011
Mayor Kevin Johnson married his fiancée of almost two years Michelle Rhee Saturday evening.
The couple was married at Blackberry Farm, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.
“We had a small ceremony with an intimate group of family and friends...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 4:16 PM
Several months after Nancy S. Grasmick left her job as state superintendent of schools, Michelle Rhee, the former schools chief in Washington, spoke in Baltimore and let a secret slip.
She told the crowd at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall that Grasmick...