Management Principles and the Washington, DC Public Schools (A, B, C)

Choosing a Chancellor; Race to the Top
Authors: Hafrey, Leigh; Reavis, Cate
Source: MIT Sloan School of Management
Year: 2010
Number of pages: 20, 14, 5

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This case profiles MIT Sloan alum Victor Reinoso, whose career in business took an unlikely turn when he became Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC in November 2006. The case describes Reinoso’s path to his current position and the steps he took, once in office, to remedy the problems confronting the DC public schools, including making a recommendation to Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty on who should be named chancellor of DCPS.

The learning objective is 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 non-business goals; and, demonstrate the art of preparing for a turnaround.

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