Public Schools And Education Reform Essay

1224 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction In the 1950s, the Washington D.C. public schools (DCPS) began heading in the direction of failure with some of the lowest performing students with in the nation. Michelle Rhee, a former Teach for America teacher and an education reform advocate, was hired as the Chancellor in 2007 by Mayor Adrian Fenty, who emphasized education. Rhee believed that the accountability and quality of the teachers was crucial to the effectiveness of the students’ education and implemented the IMPACT system. In this paper, by using Moore’s Strategic Management Triangle, I will evaluate Rhee’s performance and argue that there was potential for the success of the reform agenda, but the misalignment of Rhee’s and the public’s value of substance, the lack of legitimacy from the community of politics, the administrative and operational infeasibility of the IMPACT system of administration caused Rhee to fail to deliver public value needs in the education reform.
Substance
Moore (2004) defines substance as the plan or purpose a public manager enacts to achieve a goal in the public sector. I give Rhee a B for substance because Rhee set a goal and worked consistently towards her mission. However, Rhee’s values of ways to improve teach effectiveness did not align with the public’s values, causing her reform to be ineffective. Rhee and the parents, politicians, activists, and teacher’s union had a shared goal that reform was necessary to improve children’s academic success and student…

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