I enjoyed spending some time with Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp last Tuesday, and today my profile of her is up at The Daily Beast. Two newsy bits from our interview:
1. Kopp said being the chancellor of the New York City public schools would be "the best job in the world...just awesome," but that she was not approached about the position by Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
2. Kopp said she does not support the Bloomberg administration's policy of seeking to release to news organizations individual teachers' value-added ratings. In fact, she said the idea of doing so is "baffling. ... I can't imagine it's a good organizational strategy to go publish the names of teachers and one data point about whether they are effective or not in the newspaper."