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Is Michelle Rhee: The Newsmagazine Cover going to spawn Michelle Rhee: The Book?

At least one top-drawer New York publisher thinks it's a good idea. Mitzi Angel, who heads Farrar Straus and Giroux's Faber and Faber imprint, apparently reached out to Rhee shortly after the chancellor's broom-wielding photo appeared on the cover of Time in early December.

Rhee's Dec. 3 schedule shows a 30-minute phone call with Angel, who did not return our telephoned query. Nor would Rhee comment directly. Her spokeswoman, Dena Iverson, e-mailed that the upshot of the conversation was thanks, but no thanks.

"While we are flattered by any interest from the publishing community in DCPS' involvement in education reform, our priorities remain focused on improving student achievement and we are not pursing any projects," Iverson wrote.

Bill Turque

By Marcia Davis  |  January 30, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
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So why talk for 30 minutes if the answer was no? Maybe the chancellor realized a book could be risky, especially after the broom cover and the unflattering article in Time. It might be harder to control the content in a book.

Maybe she was talking about options on her story after she leaves DC.

Posted by: efavorite | January 30, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she had to convince them that she couldn't publish a book because that would take more media attention away from Fenty. Then she would really be fired!

Posted by: concernedcitizenindc | January 30, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe the time she spends between DC as chancellor and in Sacremento consulting for her special friend Kevin Johnson takes too much time. I wouldn't imagine she has any other time to churn out more propaganda about how great she is!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | January 31, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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