The Answer Sheet: Educational leadership


Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Arlington principal resigns: Read the letter

Here's the text of an extraordinary letter released to the Arlington public school community by Williamsburg Middle School Principal Kathleen Francis, who just announced her unexpected resignation. In the letter, she blames Arlington Schools Supt. Patrick K. Murphy for creating a hostile environment.

By Washington Post editors  |  09:19 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  arlington principal, arlington principal resigns, arlington public schools, arlington schools, principal resigns, williamsburg middle, williamsburg middle school

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010

A wrong-headed experiment in school leadership

Can you imagine the military anointing a school superintendent as a brigadier general? Of course you can’t, but this won’t surprise you: The Board of Education in Wake County, N.C., tapped a brigadier general who has no experience in instruction or academic leadership to be the new superintendent of the 143,000-student school system. He did work for Michelle Rhee in D.C. public schools, though.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  educational leadership, gen. anthony tata, non-traditional superintendents, wake county public schools

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national

Running the Washington D.C. schools wasn’t a big enough platform for the super star Michelle Rhee. She's onto her next act.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Educational leadership, Educational leadership | Tags:  joel klein, michelle rhee, public schools, school reform, students first

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010

What is Michelle Rhee up to in Florida?

What is Michelle Rhee up to by taking an unpaid, advisory position on the education transition team of Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  bush and rhee, florida schools, jeb bush, michelle rhee, rhee and education, rhee and florida, rhee in florida, rick scott, steven colbert, the colbert report, washington d.c. schools

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Bloomberg gets his schools chancellor in NYC

Why did Cathie Black generate more hostility than Joel Klein did when they -- both non-educators -- were chosen eight years apart to run the largest public school system in the country.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:38 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  black and waiver, cathie black, cathleen black, chancellor black, david steiner, new york city schools, nyc chancellor, nyc schools, steiner grants waiver, waiver

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/28/2010

Why non-educator school chiefs aren't the answer

Historian Larry Cuban looks at how big-city school systems decided to reach into the corporate ranks to find school superintendents, and why they are no silver bullet to improving schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Educational leadership, Educational leadership | Tags:  cathie black, cathleen black, educational leadership, qualifications for superintendents, school reform, school superintendents, schools, superintendents

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 11/22/2010

The N.Y. chancellorship mess gets messier

It’s about time that there’s a strong public backlash to an ill-considered education decision. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg likely did not anticipate the strong pushback he would get to his decision to tap as the next chancellor of New York’s public school system a media executive with no experience in public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:18 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  cathie black, cathleen black, chancellorship, david steiner, joel klein, new york city chancellorship, new york city schools, schools, steiner, steiner panel

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Some advice for Cathie Black on NYC schools job

Cathie Black is doing her homework to gear up to be the chancellor of New York City schools, including reaching out to Michelle Rhee and others for advice. But why would she want the job given that intense opposition has arisen because of her lack of credentials?

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:20 PM ET, 11/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  broad foundation, cathie black, cathleen black, david steiner, eli broad, hearst magazines, joel klein, mayor bloomberg, michael bloomberg, michelle a. rhee, michelle rhee, new york city schools, nyc schools, waivers

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2010

NYC Chancellor Cathie Black, in her own words

In an effort to learn about Cathleen Black, the woman that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg chose to succeed Joel Klein as head of the city’s public schools, I turned to the book she wrote: “Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life.)”

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  basic black, cathie black, cathleen black, educational leadership, joel klein, leadership, mayor bloomberg, naep, new york city schools, nyc schools, school leadership

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Are Rhee and Florida interested in each other?

The talk in education circles in Florida is that the governor elect, Rick Scott, may be looking for a new education commission and one name that seems dominant in the discussion is Michelle Rhee, who just resigned as Washington D.C. Schools chancellor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:00 AM ET, 11/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership | Tags:  arne duncan, florida, florida education, florida education commissioners, florida governor, florida schools, george bush, george w. bush, jeb bush, michelle a. rhee, michelle rhee, rhee, rick scott