Dunbar High’s private operator ousted; ex-principal to return

Source: Bill Turque, Washington Post, December 8, 2010

Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson ousted the private, New York-based operator of Dunbar Senior High School on Wednesday, less than three years after former schools chief Michelle A. Rhee hired it to transform the culture and academic performance of the struggling school.

Henderson’s removal of Friends of Bedford comes after a series of complaints from parents, teachers and other community members about safety, security and academics at the 750-student school in Northwest. She has said that during her visits to the school, she saw students roaming the halls and classrooms without teachers….Henderson’s action underscores the extreme difficulty of high school turnarounds – especially involving operators who try to transplant their success into new soil in a different city.
Dunbar High worse off since contractor’s hiring
Source: Bill Turque, Washington Post, December 15, 2010;

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