Date: Apr 13, 2013 5:49 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: Cheating in DCPS under Rhee & Henderson - report by John Merrow

The following URL was brought to our attention by Guy Brandenburg,
Washington, DC on the EDDRA2 listserve, Thursday, April 11, 2013. --

Guy Brandenburg refers to the long, foot-noted follow-up to the
Washington, D.C. cheating scandal by John Merrow, a FRONTLINE
journalist. The URL given by him is


The article is a long one.

Brandenburg mentions the following, based on the article:

(1) Rhee gave lots of money to adults who cheated

(2) She put impossible pressure on principals to cheat; they, in
turn, put that pressure on their teachers

(3) The achievement gap between white and black students, and between
poor kids and wealthier kids, increased on Rhee's and Henderson's
watches; any increases in NAEP scores are continuations of trends
that began under her predecessors; and DCPS students's scores are
still at the bottom of the nation

(4) Rhee, Henderson, Kamras, and IG Willoughby have steadfastly
refused to investigate the cheating seriously and to do the sort of
analysis that actually shows malfeasance

(5) Turnover among administrators and teachers in DCPS has turned a
revolving door into a whirlwind

(6) The idealistic principal who followed Wayne Ryan at Noyes, and
who was originally a great admirer of Rhee, found a lot of evidence
of cheating there, but her whistleblower suit was dismissed, and she
now runs a cupcake store

(7) Despite noises to the contrary by Rhee, the number of highly-paid
central-office administrators has jumped; DCPS has the highest
administrator-to-student ratio anywhere in the region

(8) Funds that should have been used to help students who were behind
were, instead, used to pay illegitimate bonuses to dishonest adults.


Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
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