Students at struggling D.C. schools call for more rigor

05/20/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A sampling of students at the 27 worst-performing Washington, D.C., schools told evaluation teams that little is expected of them in class, and that their schools were neither preparing them for college nor entry into the workforce after high school. "Students want to be valued and respected and challenged," said Tracy Y. Martin, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's chief of schools, who oversaw many of the evaluations.

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