Tag: Students First

Private school choice options shouldn’t be limited to students in “failing schools”

In recent weeks, Tony Bennett, Florida’s new education commissioner, and Michelle Rhee, the CEO of StudentsFirst, offered conflicting rationales for supporting school choice. Bennett told participants at a National School Choice Week event in Tampa, Fla., that school choice is a necessary condition for equal opportunity and social justice. Low-income[Read More…]

Bill Cosby joins Michelle Rhee’s group

Bill Cosby has joined the board of directors of StudentsFirst, the education reform group founded by Michelle Rhee. In a statement emailed to StudentsFirst supporters a few minutes ago, Cosby, a school choice supporter, wrote: “Enough is enough. I’ve seen the statistics on where American students rank in the world. I’ve heard the[Read More…]

The cameras focused on Rhee and Scott, but the school was really the star attraction

The school reaches out to an impoverished community, where all students are children of color and nearly all qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and it delivers on results. In 2002, the state of Florida gave the school a failing grade, based on its dismal core performance in reading and writing. Today, that school has an A – with a nearly identical demographic and the majority of its students are now meeting high standards in those subjects.