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New Hampshire’s badge of honor, an “F” from Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee, failed Washington DC school superintendent and renegade public school privatizer, has given New Hampshire and 10 other states F’s for not privatizing fast enough.  Rhee’s group, StudentsFirst, “advocates expanding privately run public charter schools, weakening teachers’ unions, increasing the weight of high-stakes standardized tests and, in some cases, using taxpayer dollars to fund private tuition through vouchers as the keys to improving public education.”  (Salon)  She is part of a national privatization movement that we began tracking last year when we traced the roots of the voucher proposal here in New Hampshire.  We listed some of the groups here.

The New York Times article on the report has a pretty good perspective.  The net of it is, no one in New Hampshire should feel that an F from Michelle Rhee has any meaning for our public education system.  Or, as Mr. Zeiger of California says below, maybe it’s a badge of honor.  Here are some excerpts:

In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing a series of laws and policies overhauling teacher tenure, introducing the use of standardized test scores in Michelle A. Rhee says her group wants to create an “environment in which educators, parents and kids can operate.”

Such policies are among those pushed by StudentsFirst, the advocacy group led by Michelle A. Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington. Ms. Rhee has generated debate in education circles for aggressive pursuit of her agenda and the financing of political candidates who support it.