That just makes sense: if an affluent white kid with two parents from Scarsdale can read by third grade, there's no reason a poor African-American kid from the South Bronx born in poverty to a single teenaged mom can't as well. To think otherwise is to be a racist...
This, by the way, is the end of principals making class lists - unless you want a raft of lawsuits. When one teacher has more wealthy or white kids in her class than another, how is that fair? And in a large district like DC, the only obvious solution is to bus kids all over the city so every classroom looks exactly the same in gender, SES, race, language, etc. Yeah, that'll be easy.
All to get rid of some allegedly "bad" teachers no one has ever proved exist, but even corporate "reformers" claim couldn't be more than 10% of the workforce.
I'll say it again: the corporate "reformers" have not thought this through. They are clueless. They have set districts and states up for massive lawsuits that should be fairly easy to win. And once a hack like Rhee messes up a system like DCPS, she gets to move on to a fat paycheck for destroying another district, completely unaccountable for havoc she wreaks.
How many more kids will have to suffer before we start to see the pattern?
[h/t to Bruce Baker via Twitter]