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Less Money, Less Reform?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I’ll admit it: while she’s not perfect, I’m still a huge fan of Michelle Rhee, what with her “let’s not mince words” style and her all-in approach to school reform. So it’s not surprising that I found her Wall Street Journalmanifesto” (co-signed with her former boss, Adrian Fenty) to be worthy of several cheers and hurrahs.

For sure, I found it somewhat lacking in humility (a common problem these days), particularly the assertion that “most people know at least the basics of how to turn around our urban school systems.” But it was also disarmingly honest in one respect: she (and Fenty) admitted that their reforms relied upon money they didn’t have:

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