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Hall belonged to a movement of reformers who believed that the values of the marketplace could resuscitate public education. She approached the job like a business executive: she courted philanthropists, set accountability measures, and created performance objectives that were more rigorous than those required by No Child Left Behind, which became law in 2002. When a school met its targets, all employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria staff, received up to two thousand dollars. She linked teacher evaluations to test scores and warned principals that they’d be fired if they didn’t meet targets within three years. Eventually, ninety per cent were replaced. She repeated the mantra “No exceptions and no excuses.”
The Ritz Carlton Buckhead didn't waste any time organizing a celebration for The Cafe' chef Todd Richards, who has just been named one of "Four New Chefs To Watch" by esteemed Esquire magazine dining critic John Mariani in the November issue of the mens' magazine. Alas, it will be a working lunch and dinner for Richards. On Monday, November 14, the Ritz Cafe' will offer foodies a chance to taste samples from all four of Mariani's latest anointed chefs when Richards is joined in the kitchen by Mariani's other picks, Scott Anderson of Elements in Princeton, N.J., Tyler Brown of Nashville's Capital Grille and Sachin Chopra, the chef at All Spice in San Mateo, California.