Media: Rhee's Departure Meaningless, Claim Reformers
You get a lot of spin and wishful thinking when you ask a bunch of reformy types (Klein, Johnston, etc.) what Rhee's departure is going to mean for reform. These are the same people who made such a big deal of her presence at the helm of the DC schools in the first place. These folks (other than Hess) all have a vested interest in making as little of her departure as possible. They ARE Michelle Rhee. But Sam Dillon's NYT piece today (Rhee’s Resignation Isn’t Expected to Slow Public School Reform) doesn't get far beyond that, sticking close to the reformy talking points. It would have been interesting to have an academic perspective, or a political one. Even a cable news hack would have described this as a major setback for reformers, who are -- or should be -- licking their wounds and figuring out how to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.