- Taliban yank 14 Shiites off bus, bind and shoot them on Afghan road
- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
SIMMONS: School reform a ‘team’ effort
Question of the Day
Now, with Ms. Rhee on her way out the door, Naya Henderson, the lead negotiator on the D.C. schools-Washington Teachers Union contract, has become the interim schools chief.
To her and Ms. Rhee’s credit, D.C. students are showing measurable progress. But the city still falls way short when it comes to preparing students for jobs and careers.
The D.C. dropout and illiteracy rates are maddeningly high, and too many of our 18-to-21-year-olds still get caught up in the juvenile-justice system instead of in the hands of a Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut.
The interim chancellor needs to use her bully pulpit to tell parents, teachers and students that a solid education takes teamwork. Messages like that don’t take a national spotlight, but results do.
Both teachers and D.C. leaders are giving Ms. Henderson a thumbs-up.
Still, here’s hoping Ms. Henderson implements a new strategy for students and athletes alike. At the very least, she will need a winning playbook.
• Deborah Simmons can be reached at email@example.com.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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