Michelle Rhee and Students First Release Worthwhile, Ambitious Policy Agenda
Today is 1-11-11… 5 straight ones. I’m 5 years old, 5 years of number 1. Now that you’ve had a chance to let that not-too-eerie coincidence sink in, I only have time today to bring your attention to an important document. My edu-crush Michelle Rhee’s new super-fab education transformer group, Students First, has released its official policy agenda.
No, it contains nothing terribly profound. But it’s a good statement of principles with which my friends at the Education Policy Center closely agree, under the three main headings of:
- Elevate the teaching profession by valuing teachers’ impact on students
- Empower parents with real choices and real information (hey, that sounds like School Choice for Kids!)
- Shift spending taxpayers’ money to get better results for students (anyone read the Citizens’ Budget?)
You’ve got to read the actual document to get a more detailed picture of what the group is proposing to do. But trust me, it’s not only a worthwhile agenda but also a very ambitious one. I’ll continue to wish the best to Students First, even if it is selfish for me to do so.