July 10, 2007

DC Ready for Rhee-form

Michelle Rhee hit a home run during her confirmation hearing and the city council is poised today to confirm her as the new Washington, DC schools chancellor. But the big revelations out of the hearing were not Ms. Rhee’s leadership and vision for the troubled school district, but rather the shabby way in which her predecessor Clifford Janey was dumped (an 11:30 pm phone call and immediate closure of his email address) and her lucrative compensation package ($274,000 plus $41k in relocation costs.)

Interestingly, the salary is exactly $1,000 more than Janey’s (symbolic?) and significantly more than the superintendents in Fairfax and Montgomery Counties, both of which have nearly double the number of students as DC.