ADVISORY: Rhee, Parker, BEST NC to hold media availability Tuesday

February 6, 2017

Contact: Natasha Ford BEST NC


ADVISORY: Rhee, Parker, BEST NC to hold media availability Tuesday

Cary, NC – BEST NC will host a media availability Tuesday featuring unlikely education reform allies Michelle Rhee and George Parker, who will discuss their work to improve education in Washington, DC, schools through improved professional pathways for teachers.

Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, DC, public school system, and Parker, former president of the Washington Teachers Union, are in town for BEST NC’s fourth Legislative Gathering where BEST NC members and North Carolina policymakers will learn about their work on professional pathways for teachers. Rhee and Parker will discuss the LIFT/IMPACT system they established in Washington DC. This professional pathway for teachers has transformed the teacher pipeline, professional development, and compensation for teachers in Washington DC. Research suggests that the human capital reforms implemented in Washington, DC Public Schools over the past 10 years have had a positive net impact on the quality of teaching and student achievement. Student achievement in Washington, DC is the fastest improving in the nation.

Brenda Berg, President & CEO of BEST NC will moderate the discussion, which will also be streamed live on BEST NC’s Facebook page.

When: 3:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 7

Where: Fourth floor, Nature Research Center, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC Additional Information about Rhee, Parker, and LIFT/IMPACT can be found at


Media who plan to attend should contact Natasha Ford at or 919.896.4244 (cell or text).




BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. We do this by convening a broad constituency; encouraging collaboration around a shared, bold vision for education; and advocating for policies, research, programs, and awareness that will significantly improve education in North Carolina.