Here this week’s education news for New Jersey:
Remember When Michelle Rhee Was Chris Christie’s Best Bud?
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, former Washington DC schools chancellor and current darling of the reformy right, Michelle Rhee, has been implicated in a growing cheating scandal. This week, veteran education reporter John Merrow released a memo that confirms Rhee knew there was a potentially huge problem across the DC district with wrong-to-right erasures, but did nothing to investigate the issue.
Chris Hayes has an excellent interview with Merrow about the story that’s well worth watching.
What does this have to do with New Jersey? Well, go back to 2010:
Gov. Chris Christie has courted Michelle Rhee to become the state’s next education commissioner, but the job’s distance from her family may prove an insurmountable stumbling block, two officials familiar with the negotiations said.
Way to pick ’em, Chris. By the way, New Jersey’s own investigations into cheating are moving “at a glacial pace.”
The Kids Are Alright
The students of Newark are tired of indifferent adult politicians and their empty promises of school “reform.” So they organized themselves, walked out of school, and marched down the street to give the Assembly Budget Committee a piece of their minds.
As I pointed out, pro-school voucher forces were happy to have kids skip school to march in Trenton – so let’s skip the “outrage” over these kids missing a couple of classes so they could fight for their schools, OK?
More after the flip…