August 5th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Rhee on saving America's schools

By the Schools of Thought Editors

(CNN) - CNN's Randi Kaye interviewed former head of D.C. public schools Michelle Rhee to get her solutions for some of the problems in education.

Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, an organization focused on changing public education in the U.S., says that a recent Harvard study ranked the U.S. 25th in education internationally.

Their discussion touched on several topics including "flipping" classes (a practice where students watch lectures and presentations at home, online, and then do their "homework" with their teacher's instructional help at school), international and state education rankings and teachers' salaries.

When asked about parents moving their kids to different school districts or states, Rhee acknowledged that parents are willing to go to great lengths to get their kids the best education.

"This is the reality that parents face," she said.  But she encouraged parents to work to change their local schools.  "As a nation, we should get engaged and involved in changing laws that are not serving kids," said Rhee.

What do you think of Michelle Rhee's ideas?  Watch the video and weigh in with your comments below.

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