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Management Principles and the Washington, DC Public Schools (A)
Abstract
“I think school districts are ridiculously dysfunctional places.” – Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
This case explores how Michelle Rhee’s first two and a half years as DCPS chancellor were marked by a number of administrative and academic changes she made and by the resistance from the Washington, DC Council, the teachers’ union, and parents.
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 relationship of management principles to nonbusiness goals; and demonstrate different leadership styles in action when juxtaposed with the A case.
Could be taught in the following course(s)
leadership, strategy, public administration and social justice