D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is a key figure in the transition--but not the one taking place here.
Rhee appeared at a news conference in Sacramento Monday as part of the transition team of Mayor-elect Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who will take office Nov. 25, replacing two-term incumbent Heather Fargo. According to The Sacramento Bee, she was presented by Johnson as one of the leaders of a transition team that could eventually total as many as 100 people.
Rhee is a long-time friend of Johnson's and served as a member of the board of directors of St. Hope Public Schools, the system of charter schools Johnson founded in Sacramento.
It is not clear what kind of time commitment it represents for Rhee, who has a rather hefty day job in the District.
"Everyone recognizes Michelle's first priority is in Washington," said transition spokesman Adam Mendelsohn.
Rhee referred an e-mailed query to spokeswoman Dena Iverson, who said that the chancellor was "on vacation today and was part of the transition announcement on her way to Seattle."
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