In fact David Bellel did it for me many years ago fairly early in her reign as DC supt. I was so sure it would come in handy time and again.
For instance, the DOE has been sitting on a story for years about a high school principal who openly forced her teachers to cheat under threat of U ratings. And many did. There are tapes and whistleblowers but silence.
The DOE fired the principal for some semi-bullshit excuse while covering up the cheating and in fact going after some of the teachers who were under threat of losing their jobs.
Best of all, the network people knew exactly what was going on and no one has paid. In fact, one of the awful network people was recently put in charge of one of the few remaining large high schools as a "closer." Meaning she will use her "skills' to make sure that school can become prime real estate foe Eva Moskowitz (who as far as I am concerned is also eligible for a perp walk just for lying about the wait lists which are used to steal public money.)
And the press? Too busy worrying about where Leonie sends her kids to school.
I think I wrote sometime around 2004 that one day Joel Klein will be taken out of Tweed with his coat over his head. I wasn't thinking only of cheating scandals but of all kinds of money being funneled to funny places. Just look at the ed scandals on cheating the city. (I can't list them all). One of my failed predictions, but if we had an ed press corps that would dig as deep as some reporters are digging at Leonie Haimson, we would have seen that happen.
Now while we see every indictment in Atlanta with some extraordinary investigations and also some extraordinary punishments being meted out, all the people indicted are black or Latino/a. Don't think the race issue will not surface -- I know Rhee is also not technically white, but.....
I posted this Bruce Dixon Black Agenda report last week
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Since the John Merrow report of the secret cheating memo the Rhee story has snowballed. Here are a slice of reports (Excuse the formatting, I'm off to the MORE meeting.)
Diane Ravitch has been all over the story:
What John Merrow Told Education Writers
Read this in the New York Times.
The DC City Council will hold hearings. But hearings are not the same as a professional investigation as was conducted in Atlanta.
Rhee deserves the same scrutiny as Hall.
Given the fear and intimidation reported by John Merrow, hearings will not get to the bottom of this mess.
Who will investigate?
Michelle Rhee And MSNBC