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Master Educators Coach And Critique Teachers In D.C. Public Schools

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From the day she started her job, D.C. Schools' Chancellor Michelle Rhee has made teachers her number one goal getting rid of the bad ones, and making all the others great. She says the most important factor affecting student achievement is the quality of teachers. Last year Rhee used an existing evaluation system to fire dozens of what she said were under-performing teachers, but she was forced to rehire 25 of them.

Now she's turning to a new idea- master teachers. She's hired 30 former successful teachers to coach and evaluate D.C.'s teachers in their subject area. Rhee hopes the coaching will improve the good teachers and that the master teachers' critical eye will help get rid of the bad ones. Their input, along with reports by principals, will account for 40 to 80 percent of a teacher's annual evaluation.

Kavitha Cardoza reports that, not surprisingly, the process has been controversial...

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