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MIT Sloan > LearningEdge > Leadership/Ethics > Management Principles and the Washington, DC Public Schools (A): Choosing a Chancellor
Management Principles and the Washington, DC Public Schools (A)
“The challenges facing DCPS were not all that different from what I had seen in the private sector. Here was an underperforming organization with sufficient resources that needed to be reorganized and managed differently in order to move things forward.” – Victor Reinoso, Deputy Mayor for Education, Washington, DC
The business career of MIT Sloan alumnus Victor Reinoso took an unlikely turn when he became Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC, in November 2006. Once in office, Reinoso took a series of steps to remedy the problems confronting the DC public schools (DCPS), including making a recommendation to then Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty on who should be named the next chancellor of DCPS.
Learning Objective
To illustrate the utility of business practices in the society at large while helping students see beyond the cliché that “the business of business is business”; explore the relation of management principles to nonbusiness goals; and demonstrate the art of preparing for a turnaround.
Could be taught in the following course(s)
leadership, strategy, public administration