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D.C. Schools Chief Touts Value of Education Entrepreneurs

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By Erik W. Robelen

Washington

Almost a year after Michelle A. Rhee was named the chancellor of the District of Columbia school district, she stressed at a May 20 gathering here on educational entrepreneurship that she sees the infusion of entrepreneurial practices and ideas as vital to her work of trying to transform the long-beleaguered urban system.

In one example, Ms. Rhee said she is seeking external organizations to take the reins of low-performing schools identified for ârestructuringâ under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

âWhat Iâm trying to do is create an incredibly fertile environment and the right dynamics to bring these providers in,â she told participants at the 10th annual summit hosted by the NewSchools Venture Fund, a San Francisco-based philanthropy that invests in charter-management organizations and other entrepreneurial ventures.

âWe want to build long-term, sustainable relationships with all of the external entrepreneurs, because they are going to be able to push us and innovate in a way that we never could [alone],â she said.

Before taking the helm of the 49,000-student district in the nationâs capital, Ms. Rhee herself was the founding head of one such organization, the New York City-based New Teacher Project, which works in Washington and other cities to help recruit new teachers. . . .

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— Erik W. Robelen
Education Week
2008-05-21


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