Monday, August 25, 2008

A new American hero?

The problem with Democrats generally and the teachers' unions specifically is that their solution to the horrid major city public school systems throughout the nation is to seek more money. It's not a solution. Just ask the Dallas Independent School District -- one of the worst in this state, with plenty of money, often terrible administration, and constant racial tensions between blacks and Latinos who are the parents of the vast majority of the students (affluent, middle class and even semi-struggling white parents funnel their kids into private schools).

The D.C. public school system has been one of the worst in the country since before I first attended the University of Virginia 20 years ago. And it is one of the best-funded on a dollars-per-pupil basis (#3 in the country at last check).

So after years of languishing and rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, the DC school system finally did something -- it hired a chancellor who will reconfigure the teachers, administrators and system as a whole. She's Michelle Rhee. Read the WaPo's profile and preview of her second year in office.

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