Grim picture of failing Washington, D.C., schools

May 20, 2008
Reports on more than two dozen schools find students and staff are frustrated

Some reviews of chronically failing schools in Washington, D.C., depict rudderless and cheerless institutions where students wander the halls with impunity during class and staff members have all but given up trying to maintain order. The school system announced last week overhaul plans for 26 schools. They include replacing principals and teachers, introducing new instructional programs and hiring private education management firms to take over school operations.
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EARLIER: Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has detailed her plans for overhauling 26 academically troubled schools. She will replace principals and teachers, hire private education-management firms and install instructional programs to boost student achievement. The plan is required by the U.S. Department of Education to improve schools that have failed for five straight years to meet academic targets required by the No Child Left Behind law.
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SIDEBAR: Washington, D.C., Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has fired 24 principals, including 13 who headed schools deemed to be failing under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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