Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure
In a surprising reversal, Change.org, the progressive online powerhouse that channels grassroots energy into petition-based activism, has dropped two anti-union clients, including Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s standing by his pick to head the city’s housing agency despite the man’s affair with a subordinate while in a similar job in Philadelphia. Gray told reporters Monday that he knew about Michael Kelly’s affair but hired him anyway, calling him a “sterling individual” who’s well-qualified to lead the agency.
As the number of charter schools expands nationwide, one group of students that is enrolling in those schools at a lower rate is children with disabilities. Eight percent of students at charter schools had disabilities in the 2009-2010 schoolyear, compared with 11 percent at traditional public schools, according to a Government Accountability Office report being released Wednesday.
Tourists trying to figure out how to reach the capital’s monuments and museums on Wednesday found something on the National Mall that was not on their maps: 857 student desks arrayed near the Washington Monument.
Each desk represents one of the 857 students who drop out of high school in the United States every single hour, every single school day, according to the College Board, which arranged the display to underline its effort to urge presidential candidates to put education at the top of their to-do lists.
A new poll says that confidence in U.S. public schools has dropped to the lowest level in nearly four decades. Twenty-nine percent of those questioned in a Gallup poll said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in public schools. Forty percent had some confidence while 30 percent expressed little or none.