The corporate education reform movement has had no more visible star than Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. After she left office last fall, she formed a new political organization to raise $1 billion to advocate for the changes she believes in. She has been advising some of the nation’s most conservative governors to fight the teachers’ unions and rely on standardized tests to fire or reward teachers. Her credibility was her alleged success in lifting up test scores in the low-performing public schools of the nation’s capitol during her nearly four years in charge.
Now, however, that credibility has been directly challenged by revelations of possible widespread test fraud in the D.C. schools while she was in charge. Read more.