I am completely smitten by Michelle Rhee's work as head of D.C. schools. She has been on a tear lately, downsizing central office bureaucracy, emphasizing results over title all while taking criticism right in the face at town hall forums.
Less than two weeks before classes begin, many of the District's 4,000 public school teachers are locked in a heated debate over Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's proposal to offer salaries exceeding $100,000 for those willing to give up job security and tie their fates to student achievement. [emph. mine]
The Washington Post has a lot more at that link, including a footnote to the perceived generation gap between teachers embracing Rhee's "green tier" plan and those reserving a traditional "red tier" plan:
The split in the teaching corps largely, but not exclusively, is occurring along generational lines, with younger teachers more willing to accept the risks and older ones often questioning the proposal.
Which makes sense, since they have more time tied up in this tenure game, but some of the union rhetoric seems, er, a bit overblown:
"For Michelle Rhee or anyone to ask that is like Judas and 30 pieces of silver," Brocks, 59, said.
I'm in. I can't help it. I realize no one has a value-added model for teaching that functions at 95% confidence and I don't care. I'll take 51% confidence at this point. 51% is as much confidence as I have each summer that I'll return for another year in this profession that keeps compensation and its own system goals at arm's length.
[via The Quick and the Ed]