On Monday, the education advocacy group, Students First, released a state by state education policy report. New Hampshire was one of 11 states that was graded a big fat F. We’re in the illustrious company of California and Vermont, which should have us scratching our heads right there.
Students First was founded by one of my heroes, Michelle Rhee, whose online bio includes this:
“On June 12, 2007, Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed Chancellor Rhee to lead the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), a school district serving more than 47,000 students in 123 schools. Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and state math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades over three years. The graduation rate rose, and after steep declines enrollment rose for the first time in forty years.”
The report grades state school systems on the basis of three broad criteria — teacher accountability, parent empowerment, and fiscal accountability. New Hampshire fails in all three categories. Read the discussion for yourself and see if you don’t agree with both the criteria and the evaluation. I don’t know 15 minutes that would be better spent for the advancement of education. Students First Report Card