Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Michelle Rhee to speak on “instructional quality” to FL Senate – Sentinel School Zone – Orlando Sentinel

Michelle Rhee to speak on “instructional quality” to FL Senate – Sentinel School Zone – Orlando Sentinel: "The first airing of Sen. Wise’s teacher merit pay bill looks to be next week in his committee. The Jacksonville Republican is head of the Senate education panel, which is slated to discuss the bill he filed today.

And Michelle Rhee — former D.C. schools chancellor and now “informal education adviser” to Gov. Rick Scott — is scheduled to speak at that meeting.

Wise’s committee looks to be meeting both Wednesday and Thursday, and Rhee appears on both (identical) agendas. It seems likely that whenever she speaks, she’ll be in favor of the bill in some form, given that she pushed for performance pay for teachers during her controversial tenure in D.C.

And Rhee’s new advocacy group, StudentsFirst, as we’ve noted before, argues for “elevating” the teaching profession by evaluating teachers based on “student results” and “separating teacher evaluation from collective bargaining.”"

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