Political appointments

A few days ago, Arnold Kling wrote:

Foseti is among those who would argue that it is the permanent employees who have the power.

I look at something like reform of public schools in D.C. through that lens. Did Michelle Rhee have real power? Everybody knew that she was going to leave eventually. Given that the vast majority of teachers survived her reign, then it is fair to guess that the D.C. school system will not show any lasting effects from her reforms.

It looks like Kling was wildly optimistic:

Seventy-five D.C. teachers who were terminated in July 2008 will get their jobs back and back pay after an arbitrator found they were improperly let go, according to the Washington Teachers’ Union.

Michelle Rhee is gone and now almost a third (I think?) of the teachers she “fired” are back.

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2 Responses to Political appointments

  1. […] Political appointments « Foseti "Did Michelle Rhee have real power? Everybody knew that she was going to leave eventually. Given that the vast majority of teachers survived her reign, then it is fair to guess that the D.C. school system will not show any lasting effects from her reforms." (tags: politics education fail) […]

  2. Unamused says:

    “We’ve got to save our schools! Won’t somebody think of the (black) children?!”

    “OK let’s fire the worst teachers.”

    “. . . No.”

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