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After Michelle Rhee: What Happened Next in D.C.'s Schools
Kaya Henderson, Rhee's protégé and successor, has maintained a lower profile while continuing many of Rhee's controversial reforms.
January 8, 2013
How Do You Measure Success in School Reform?
Michelle Rhee has taken her education reform agenda nationally, yet supporters and critics alike continue to wrestle with the same questions that dominated her tenure in Washington. For example, how do you turn around a struggling school? What makes a good teacher? Three experts weigh in.
January 8, 2013
Education Department Finds No Evidence Of Widespread Cheating On D.C. Exams
A Department of Education investigation has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the Washington, D.C. school system in response to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former principal.
January 8, 2013
Michelle Rhee: "The Bee Eater"
As a young elementary teacher in Baltimore, Michelle Rhee struggled to capture the attention of her students. That is, until the day she won over her classroom with a surprising move.
January 8, 2013
Kaya Henderson
The Education of Michelle Rhee
FRONTLINE correspondent John Merrow was granted unprecedented access to Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools as she attempted to fix a broken school system.
January 8, 2013
StudentsFirst Gives 11 States Failing Grades on Public Education
Today the education reform group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a report grading states based on adherence to its platform, giving 11 states failing grades of F. The highest grade any state received was a B-.
January 7, 2013
Dropout Nation's Marcus Finally Gets to Play Ball
When we last saw Marcus, the stubborn, charismatic student in Dropout Nation, he had just punched another kid in the face two hours before the school year ended, an act that jeopardized his chance to stay in school and play football.
October 12, 2012
A Changing of the Guard at Houston's Disciplinary School
After 15 years of pioneering a private model of disciplining public school students -- and arousing persistent controversy from Florida to Texas -- Community Education Partners (CEP), one of the nation's largest private education firms, says it is closing its doors.
September 27, 2012
Apollo 20: One Man's Plan to Fix Failing Schools
Like many of the kids who wind up in failing public schools, Harvard economist Roland Fryer grew up amid violence and drugs, and with little hope for the future.
September 25, 2012
How "Private Schools" Help Lower Texas' Dropout Numbers
Students can get a high school diploma for a few hundred bucks and an online exam.
September 25, 2012
What Happened to Marcus?
When the school year began again, Marcus came back to Sharpstown. He had thrown away all of his school uniform polo shirts at the end of last school year, in a fit of frustration.
September 25, 2012
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Dropout Nation
An unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation.
September 25, 2012