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Response to the StudentsFirst State Policy Report Card

January 07, 2013 posted by Francisco Castillo

Media across the country are talking about StudentsFirst's inaugural State Policy Report Card, which we released this morning. From the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to local TV stations in Tennessee, Iowa, and other states, the press is poring through the rankings and pointing to the key reforms we know will make a difference in student achievement.

But it's always great to hear StudentsFirst news directly from CEO Michelle Rhee. She visited the MSNBC studios this morning, appearing on the Morning Joe program to announce the release of the State Policy Report Card. Watch the entire clip below.

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She talked with host Joe Scarborough about which states fared well and which have a lot of work to do to ensure their education policies are helping teachers do their jobs and students learn.

Michelle summed it up this way: "We very, very strongly believe at StudentsFirst there is no shortage of great educators who are out there. We know that every kid can learn regardless of what obstacles they face, if they're in a good school environment. The bottom line is that they're forced to operate in this incredibly bureaucratic environment that is driven by antiquated laws and policies."

Scarborough also previewed Michelle's soon-to-be-published book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First, which comes out on February 5. Get an early look at the book at www.edradical.com, and expect to see Michelle back on national TV when it's released.

Topics: School Governance