New website full of information on K-12 policy in Rhode IslandJanuary 10th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
You don’t have to like Michelle Rhee to find value in the report card on Rhode Island education policy that her organization Students First released this week.
Rhee, the polarizing former Washington schools chancellor, is a strong advocate for changes such as charter schools and pay-for-performance that aren’t popular with supporters of traditional K-12. Her group gave Rhode Island a C+ on the report card, one of the best grades in the nation.
“Rhode Island is a leader in education reform by prioritizing great teaching and using resources wisely to raise student achievement,” the report card says. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Students First’s major criticism is that Rhode Island law limits the number of public charters that can be opened.
Check out the Rhode Island report card here – whether you buy Rhee’s prescriptions or not, it provides an overview of what policies Rhode Island has in place right now. (There’s also a four-page PDF version.)