Education reform advocate Michelle Rhee will address the Economic Club of Minnesota at noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Rhee, the former Washington, D.C., public schools chancellor, is now CEO of StudentsFirst, an education reform organization that works on issues such as broadening school choice and ending teacher tenure.
During her tenure as head of schools in D.C., Rhee installed an evaluation system that led to the dismissal of hundreds of teachers, clashed with labor unions and drew "unprecedented levels of philanthropic contributions," the Washington Post reported.
Under Rhee's system, the school system tied some teacher evaluations to growth in test scores and raised the stakes by securing commitments from principals to reach numerical targets, an approach that brought almost instant improvement and national acclaim, but led to unsettled relations with teachers. The high-stakes testing culture may have had an unintended effect. With jobs and reputations on the line, evidence arose of cheating on city tests, a matter that the D.C. inspector general and U.S. Department of Education are now investigating, the Post reported.
Tickets for Rhee's luncheon cost $60 for guests of Economic Club members and $80 for non-members.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and George W. Buckley, chairman, president and CEO of 3M. have addressed the Economic Club in recent months.