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Rhee Slept Through the Obama-McCain Moment

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee often says that she doesn't sleep much, and those 2:25 a.m. e-mail responses tend to prove it.

Last night, however, when she got her shout-out from Barack Obama at the end of the third presidential debate, she was asleep.

"I was trying to watch it," she tells Fast Company's Jeff Chu. "But it was so boring. Then, all of a sudden, my phone and BlackBerry start blowing up. Someone sent me a link to the transcript, and I saw what they said, and I was like, 'Oh, good Lord!'"

You can read the whole thing here.

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By Marcia Davis  |  October 16, 2008; 1:53 PM ET
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I am glad to hear that Rhee was asleep during that part of the debate, which I believe was after 10:00. People who have to go to work the next day usually have their tvs off by 10:00, 10:30 and go to sleep, even in this workaholic city. Rhee works too hard and needs to get her rest, just like we tell the kids.

Posted by: Sasha | October 16, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

That one (and I mean *no* disrespect) has a tough row to hoe.

They'll behead her before it's over. The only question is how much will she accomplish.

It's impossible to fill Principal jobs with good candidates from the point of view of an educational reformer, when *all* the candidates were validated by a system which agrees that "what is most lacking in today's young person is self esteem".

Ms. Rhee, if you need to be rescued from the guillotine, I have a Hyundai and some hubris, just hollar.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 16, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I forgot to mention. We have today a shortage of parents who will call a child to account when a teacher calls the home and says, "something's wrong here." The most likely outcome of that call by the teacher, today, is a parent call to the school district trying to get the teacher fired.

You may not believe this, but I have never worked as a teacher. I just watch.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 16, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

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