One thing that was not addressed in the coverage of the City Speaks report is the background of the Baltimore-based Fund for Educational Excellence, the group that commissioned the report. It's worth noting that the group's president and CEO Roger Schulman spent much of his career at The New Teachers Project (TNTP), where he was a senior analyst. TNTP, which helps recruit quality teachers to urban schools, was founded by Michelle Rhee, the controversial former chancellor of Washington D.C. schools. In her first year as chancellor, Rhee closed down 23 schools and fired 36 principals, and brought reforms that emphasized standardized tests and high-level accountability. Test scores were shown to improve, but Rhee was widely criticized for an approach that was considered autocratic, anti-union, and didn't value input from parents and teachers. Since resigning as chancellor of D.C. schools, Rhee has founded StudentsFirst, an organization dedicated to ending teacher tenure.