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Frontline: The Education of Michelle Rhee


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Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools, is one of the most admired and reviled school reformers in America. FRONTLINE examines her legacy in Washington, D.C., including her battles with the teachers' union and her handling of a cheating scandal in the District.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00B1E6CYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2013
The DVD begins with the background of unrealistic expectations set by NCLB - that every child will be proficient in English and math. Ms. Rhee becomes leader of the D.C. school system by virtue of her having some success as an inner-city Baltimore 2nd-grade teacher; however, the documentary waffled on just how much success she had and implied that it had been overstated. Ms. Rhee went on to additional accomplishments, primarily recruiting teachers for large school districts and advising Mr. Klein in N.Y.C. - however, none of that was included in the DVD.

D.C. schools could be summarized as weird - 8% of pupils were performing at grade level, while 95% of staff were rated as good or better. Early on Ms. Rhee found herself saddled with a dysfunctional and overstaffed central office - eg. the warehouse had boxes and boxes of supplies that hadn't made it to the classrooms, forcing teachers to buy out of their own pocket. Ms. Rhee pushed for authority to fire inept and unneeded personnel, and about 15% in the central office went. She also closed 20 schools due to low enrollment - over the loud objections of those in the community. Two-dozen principals were replaced - primarily for failing to maintain an orderly environment and boost pupil achievement. Some scenes showed the disorderly environment at Anacostia High - that interim principal was also replaced despite achieving promised academic gains; I have no idea how anyone could have achieved a proper environment there, and it certainly was far more demanding than the 2nd-grade environment Ms. Rhee came from.

First year results were impressive; questions about and a directive to investigate cheating, however, were not responded to.
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