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General News    H3'ed 2/2/18

D.C.: "Model" School District Mired in Graduation Rate Scandal, Raising Questions about All Claims of Progress

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"There is a new scandal in the District of Columbia that has shaken true believers in Rhee-style reform to their core. An independent investigation of the high school graduation rate determined that 1/3 of the district’s graduates should not have received a diploma. D.C. continues to be a reform shrine, but it is really a monument to Campbell’s Law. When the measure becomes the goal, both the measure and the goal are corrupted.This scandal is probably the tip of the iceberg. Reformers have been touting the District of Columbia public schools as a model of success ever since Michelle Rhee wielded her broom and swept away every “bad” teacher. Although she had no prior experience as an administrator or principal, she was chosen to overhaul the school system. She did so in a spirit of meanness."

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