Michelle Rhee, who started and ran The New Teacher Project, which worked in Chicago and several other cities on teacher recruitment and retention issues, has been tapped as the new head of the District of Columbia school system, replacing Clifford Janey (New DC Schools Chief Says System is Subpar, Substandard ). Rhee's appointment is notable not only because she's relatively young, a woman, and a minority, but also because she's the first person from any of the "outside" reform groups to take a job leading a relatively large public school system. It's the rough equivalent to having -- I don't know -- Tim Knowles from U of C run CPS. Or Mike Koldyke, or ..., or.... More to the point, did anyone work with TNTP in Chicago, and what was it like?
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