Controversial public-school theorist and expert user of erasers on official documents, Chancellor Michelle Rhee has awarded her reformer of the year designation to… Tennessee House Representative John Ragan.
According to Rhee’s official political apparatus, StudentsFirst, this is how Ragan won:
Representative John Ragan has consistently voted to do right by kids when it comes to education. Rep. Ragan supported an overhaul to Tennessee’s outdated tenure system, and in doing so helped guarantee that school system leadership has the ability to ensure that great teachers are in every classroom. And Rep. Ragan cast an important vote to end arbitrary limits on the number of charter schools in Tennessee.
According to the actual record, this is what Ragan did:
- Don’t Say Gay bill
- The Classroom Protection Act, which is described by the ACLU as a harsher version of the Don’t Say Gay bill
- The License to Bully bill
And there is much, much more out there. The Google will help you find it.
So what is the real and only qualification that Rhee found that pumped Ragan to the top reformer? I can only guess because he was successful in dumping tenured teachers. Everything else is secondary. Michelle Rhee has an agenda, and it clearly has almost nothing to do with benefitting public school kids, and everything to do with justifying her terrible record at the DC School District.