The District’s public charter schools have expelled students at a far higher rate than the city’s traditional public schools in recent years, according to school data, highlighting a key difference between two sectors that compete for the District’s students and taxpayer dollars. D.C. charter schools expelled 676 students in the past three years, while the city’s traditional public schools expelled 24, according to a Washington Post review of school data.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), blaming the teachers union for stalled talks on a new teacher evaluation system, expressed his anger on his radio show by comparing the United Federation of Teachers to the National Rifle Association.
Michelle Rhee left town more than two years ago, but the debate about her stint as D.C. schools chancellor shows no signs of cooling. It remains a hot button for the education commentariat and is the subject of a “Frontline” documentary that airs Tuesday evening. And now Rhee has produced “Radical, Fighting to Put Students First,” a memoir/manifesto to to be published next month.
That’s what happened in the quintessential, white, all-American elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut two weeks ago. Evil paid them a visit, and 20 innocent children and 6 loving teachers died. A mother was killed in her sleep, and the assailant committed suicide. Most people in that well-to-do community were shocked that such a dastardly act could happen there. I was deeply saddened, but not as surprised.