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The Chancellor: Busy, Busy Busy

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's public schedule has always been one of the more peculiar features of the DCPS website. That's because only occasionally does it actually note what she is doing in public. Those consulting the page on July 23 would not know, for example, that she was set to testify before a Senate subcommittee looking at D.C. school reform. Same for her July 27 appearance on a panel at the National Research Council to discuss how to evaluate her efforts to transform the city's schools. On most days the page, which can be found in the "Chancellor's Corner," was a sea of white space that said nothing was scheduled.

When DCPS rolled out its spiffy new website,, on Aug. 1 it gave us hope that we'd see something more illuminating on the schedule front. But the new format is even stranger.

An August calendar shows random times, such as 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, when she's "busy." Busy with what? Hard to say. Click on the "busy" and you get....."busy" from 10:30 to 11:30. (at least we know she was busy for a whole hour) Click on the "week" tab and it shows her "busy" today (Tuesday) from 1 p.m to 2 p.m. She's also "busy" from 6:30 to 8:00 tomorrow.

We asked spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway if she could explain. She said this afternoon it was an error that had been cleared up.

"Actually check again -it seems to be fixed now."

We checked. Still busy.

--Bill Turque

By Washington Post editors  |  August 25, 2009; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Mr. Turque: That was one great laugh you gave me today! Thanks.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 25, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Very, very funny. Thanks!

Posted by: Title1SoccerMom | August 25, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse


I wonder if it would list her visits to the hardware to pick up some cleaning utensils.

Posted by: edlharris | August 25, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Nah, it's shopping around to find fuel for that broom. Doesn't run well on regular gas.

Posted by: Title1SoccerMom | August 25, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems the accountability she's holding teachers to doesn't apply to her...or her boss. I can't wait until the next mayoral election. I hope we send him packing and Rhee right behind him. I'm all for cleaning up the DC government and DCPS but these two needed a lot more experience before they jumped into leadership positions. The current City Council isn't much better either although they appear to know how to bend over very well.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | August 25, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Busy,Busy, Bull----

Posted by: jr4408 | August 25, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I think teachers should place BUSY on their doors so when Rhee, the new Master Educators, the instructional Supervisors, and the new overzealous Principles attempt to march in, to critique, not necessarily support or help in anyway, they wll think twice.

How transparent of her ...

Posted by: wtf1 | August 26, 2009 3:53 AM | Report abuse

She's very busy, chronically busy and is busily discouraging citizens from turning up at public meetings where she's asked to explain the benefits of what she's so busy about.

We need an alternate source of scheduling information to prevent the Chancellor, a public servant, from avoiding public scrutiny.

Someone should get busy developing it.

Posted by: efavorite | August 26, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Bill Turque gettin catty (insert angry cat noise)

Posted by: makplan20002 | August 26, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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