A reader, who requested anonymity, posted the following comment:

“How closely did Bennett follow in Michelle Rhee’s footsteps.” One of the first things that happened during Rhee’s reign of terror in D.C. was that she announced that there was a multi-million dollar shortfall in the education budget. Shortly thereafter, she fired 241 D.C.P.S teachers, citing the need to make huge budget cuts. After the firings, the monies were suddenly found. Rhee and her CFO, Noah Webman, said that the problem with the missing millions was “accounting mistake.”
Once the lost money was restored to the education coffer’s books, Rhee went on a hiring spree, filling many vacancies with….you guessed it!…Teach for America teachers.

Later, Webman said, under oath, in a hearing with the DC city council, that he and Rhee had devised the “accounting error.” Currently, one of the teachers fired is pursuing a fraud charge against Rhee. This past April, a DC judge has said that there is evidence enough for the case to move forward.

A cursory look at other states that are being pushed into heavy ed reform shows a curious pattern…

*Put a dubiously qualified person in as the state’s superintendent (or equivalent);

* Be sure that this person has enough charisma, brashness, wizardry, whatever to sell the public on the “Big Lie” that public schools are failing;

* “Misplace” massive amounts of money

*Force schools to make severe cut-backs (like the arts) that the public sees as failures in the schools

*Find the money….blow it on under-educated “teachers”, charters, vouchers…whatever.

How Closely Did Bennett Follow in Rhee’s Footsteps????