Charlotte Osborn-bensaada's Reviews > The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District

The Bee Eater by Richard Whitmire
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May 15, 11

bookshelves: 2011-centuions, education, social-reform
Read in May, 2011

Whitmire, clearly an acolyte of Michelle attempts the first draft on the tumultuous 4 years of school reform under Michelle Rhee. His book succeeds at exploring the underlying politics affecting the Fenty/Rhee reforms and in some respects the urgency that instigated their sometimes radical attempts. However the Bee Eater leaves one frustrated in trying to understand what it will take to get reform in DC, maybe that is DC's problem it does not really want it. As a person that has children in DCPS during this period I can confirm many of the problems identified by Whitmire, but I can also confirm for as radical as her reforms were they did not reach many schools, my child's included.
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