Sunday, December 12, 2010

Michelle Rhee: My Role Model

I came across this amazing article in Newsweek a few days ago and wanted to share it with you all. If you are not really up to date on your education news, Michelle Rhee is a previous Teach for America corps member (sometime back in the 90's) and she was the D.C. Chancellor of education for the past two years. She came in as a ball of fire and totally ignited the pants of all of the politicians and administrators in the D.C. school system. The thing I love the most about her is that she wanted to attempt merit-base pay for the teachers in D.C. if they agreed to get rid of tenure. If you know anything about education, you know that things do NOT typically move fast when it comes to making changes. Michelle Rhee disproved that in the two years she was chancellor which also gave her a negative reputation for some. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons which are listed in the article, she decided to step down from her role. This inspiring catalyst of a woman is just getting started though. She has now formed her own organization called StudentFirst. Read more about it in this article: