The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District
I finished reading The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District (www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0470905298/tilsoncapitalpar), and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's both a great read – you couldn't make up these characters and there are incredibly dramatic decisions, confrontations, etc. – but it also should be required reading for all reformers because of the important lessons.
I am in awe of the courage and tenacity Michelle Rhee showing in fighting for kids (and the political courage Adrian Fenty showed in backing her 100%). Here's what the author, Richard Whitmire, wrote to me yesterday:
I appeared at Politics & Prose yesterday, "the" bookstore in D.C. located in upscale NW, and encountered a steady stream of Rhee detractors -- all of whom offered up bizarre conspiracy theories about Michelle, but not a single person had any thoughts on why low-income African American kids in D.C. are as much as two years behind comparable kids in other urban areas. Pretty sad, really.
It's more than sad – it's tragic!
If $14.39 (the price on Amazon) is an obstacle for you, email Leila at Leilajt2@gmail.com and I'll buy it for you.