: News

Documentary Raises Questions About Rhee's Performance

Play associated audio

By Matt Laslo

A documentary on education reform playing in select area theaters is stirring debate about the future of D.C. school's chancellor Michelle Rhee.

"Waiting for Superman" presents a bleak overview of public schools in the U.S. Part of it focuses on the District's schools. James Radford caught the film on Sunday.

"Sobering. That's bad. I had no idea it was that bad," says Radford.

While highlighting statistics on the area, like the fact that D.C. has the lowest proficiency rate for reading nationwide, some say the film also paints School Chancellor Rhee as some what of a hero figure for her fights with the teacher's union. Area resident Ann Anderson says the film may give Rhee a little too much credit.

"I see where she is coming from, and I see the need to cut through the red tape. But because I'm an educator I also see that other side," says Anderson. "You have to have a fair system and I'm not sure that they've figured out how to make it fair, that when you're getting rid of people you really are getting rid of the people that need to be gotten rid of."

With Mayor Adrian Fenty's primary loss, Rhee's future is now in doubt. Critics of Rhee say the film unfairly portrays her controversial battle with the District's teachers union.

NPR

Dean Jones, Herbie's Driver In Disney Movies, Dies At Age 84

Actor Dean Jones, who starred in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney movies, also played the role of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Company.
NPR

From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.
NPR

Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.
NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.