First tenure, now suspensions
Last week, I blogged about D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee's attempts to end tenure as we know it. Now, as The Washington Post reports today, Rhee has released a five-year plan that floats the possibility of ending out-of-school suspensions. In-school suspension programs would expand; there might even be a "suspension classroom" at each school. This goes further than the direction by Dr. Alonso for Baltimore schools, which is to reduce out-of-school suspensions for non-violent offenses but to keep suspending in instances of violence. But both superintendents recognize that sending misbehaving students home often makes matters worse.
Rhee's plan also includes the creation of more themed schools and a "parent academy" to teach parents how to be effectively involved in their children's education. And it suggests closing schools that can't improve within three years.