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Video: Post editorial board member interviews Rhee

Jo-Ann Armao of The Washington Post's editorial board talks with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee about why she's still in the position after Adrian M. Fenty's primary defeat, whether she wants to stay, and what the greatest needs of the school district are.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 4, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories:  Michelle A. Rhee, Vincent C. Gray  
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She's gone. If she were staying she would have indicated an interest in staying and she didn't.

She needs to go and so does IMPACT, the Master Educators and the overpaid asst. superintendents who were hired over the summer. They have no direct connection to instruction and are a waste of money.

I hope Gray picks someone who is qualified, experienced and will champion REAL reform. Rhee has been nothing but an autocrat who has ruled by fear and intimidation. The system is now full of inexperienced teachers who are NOT certified and have no intention of making a long-term investment in DCPS, the children or the community.

IMPACT is a sham. There is still NO data ti indicate whether it's a reliable instrument. It is completely subjective. Who would want to be evaluated using 2.5 hours of observation time out of about 900 hours of instruction. What about the other 897.5 hours? Those hours are NOT taken into account.

Rhee's tenure has been one huge failed experiment and it will all come out after she leaves and someone does some actual real investigative reporting.

Fortunately, the voters in DC saw through her scam. Gray will turn out to be better than everyone thinks. He has the wisdom, maturity, leadership and ability to work with others--things in which Fenty and Rhee were sorely lacking.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 4, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The choice is never between good change and better change. It is always between flawed change and status quo. Gray will take the city back to status quo. In the end, when these under-educated kids become unemployable adults (as, to a degree, they already are) the city will have an even weaker tax base. The struggle for statehood, voting rights, etc., is really just an implicit recognition of a need to exact confiscatory taxes on people who don't live in DC because raising taxes and fees even more on residents is no longer possible. Imagine every part of the city, east of the park, as Anacostia. DC government and voters have made this bed, and they can't stand to lie in it.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 4, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Rhee was all smiles for this discussion! Not shaken and no signs of tears.

It looks like a set-up to negate the "real" discussion with Gray last week.

Posted by: efavorite | October 4, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Notice that Rhee's regret is not enough communicating *to* teachers. She doesn't regret not heeding teachers or not trusting teachers or not empowering teachers.

(BTW, I'm neither a teacher nor a union member. However, I believe that teachers in the classroom are our biggest assets in improving public education. It would be a shame to disregard those assets.)

Posted by: imback | October 5, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee's ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial gaming the system, and legal violations --- in Washington, DC and also in Sacramento.
Did you know that every time she brings in a new inexperienced, unqualified "Teach for America" intern that she pays her ex-husband's organization (he's the "TFA" Communications Director) a fee of several thousand dollars for each recruit -- which goes toward his salary and he then repays back to her as child support ! -- that's self-dealing. ======= Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee's and Kevin Johnson's closets, while they've been protected from consequences by their big-money financier and corporate backers (including -- deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals (including misappropriation of over $400,000 in federal grants), sexual misconduct with students (teen minors)
and staff subordinates, cover-ups and 'hush money' deals
behind-the-scenes).
------------------------------------------
Must-read important
news article:
http://www.sacbee.com/2009/11/20/2338165/kevin-johnsons-accuser-says-he.html#ixzz10X7EgmSQ

See website:
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

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Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 5, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Armao looks so sinister. Look at her facial expressions as she asks questions. I mean, down right devilish. I guess she is what she is.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 5, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

concernedaboutDC - My guess is that the whole interview was rehearsed.

It seemed to me like Armao was practically winking at Rhee when asking questions.

Posted by: efavorite | October 5, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee’s ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial gaming the system, and legal violations ---
in Washington, DC and also in Sacramento.

Did you know that every time she brings in a new inexperienced, unqualified “Teach for America” intern that she pays her ex-husband’s organization
(he’s the “TFA” Communications Director) a fee of several thousand dollars for each recruit —
which goes toward his salary and he then
repays back to her as child support ! ---
that’s self-dealing. ======= Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee’s and Kevin Johnson’s closets, while they’ve been protected from consequences by their big-money financier and corporate backers [eg. deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals (including misappropriation of over $400,000
in federal grants), sexual misconduct with students (teen minors) and staff subordinates, cover-ups
and ‘hush money’ deals
behind-the-scenes).
——————————————
Must-read important
news article:
http://www.sacbee.com/2009/11/20/2338165/kevin-johnsons-accuser-says-he.html


See website:
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee, Kevin Johnson
and St. Hope Academy

(note: It's time to RESEARCH
the actual facts about
unaccountable, unqualified
Michelle Rhee) …….
== />
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

('hush money'
alert !)

Washington DC blogger 'lodesterre' has been reading the Inspector General's referral to the U.S. Attorney; he/she's been asking many good questions —
some of the same ones on our mind too
— such as the issue of Michelle Rhee holding "conflicting positions" at Kevin Johnson's
"St. Hope Academy" privatized charter H.S.
in Sacramento.

According to the IG interview with former St. Hope employee Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez, the same time Rhee was listed as a St. Hope board member, she was identified as the consultant for the New Teacher Project (which recruited teachers for St. Hope schools), the consultant for the reconstruction bridge span and the consultant for the reconstruction of the HR department. On a memo she was listed she as the Chief Operating Officer for St. Hope Academy. On an organization chart she was identified as president. As lodesterre writes:
…Ms. Rhee's titles at the St. Hope Charter Academy boggle the mind. Were all the positions paid positions? How did she perform the duties of board member and Chief Operating Officer at the same time? As president, Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at the same time? as President, COO, board member and a consultant for St. Hope on three projects, at the same time? How did she act as a consultant for St. Hope on the New Teacher Project, an organization that supplies teachers to schools, and as a consultant for St. Hope's Human Resource Department's reconstruction? Did she suggest to the Human Resource consultant which applicants to hire? It must have sounded interesting............

(continued next post)

Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Why, when Rhee was apprised by St. Hope employee Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez about sexual misconduct allegations against Kevin Johnson by Americorps teenage volunteers (and a seventeen year-old high school student), did she not contact California
State authorities she was obligated to do under California law?
Was this another one of those irksome laws she sees no problem in ignoring because she "knows" better?
As COO and President, not to mention those consulting positions, was Ms. Rhee aware of the misuse of Americorps funds and volunteers as outlined in the Investigative General's report of
August 2008? As one of the top three office holders of St. Hope it seems that either Ms. Rhee was aware and therefore participated or that she was not aware and she was negligent in her duties or these positions were merely window dressing for her resume and padding for her bank account.

Why did Ms. Rhee not only try to bring in the St. Hope
umbrella organization to take over the operations of two DC schools, but she also insisted that she need not recuse herself from the process (??)
This occurred in spite of her
deep involvement with St. Hope
and her knowledge of financial irregularities
(involving the misappropriation of over $400,000
in federal grants)
and federal legal violations
Another serious matter is her
attempted cover-up of evidence
pertaining to criminal incidents
within Sacramento city & county.
There were violations of California
state laws & regulations, which should
have been reported & investigated.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form and pseudo-education

achievement gap widened

DCPS ELEMENTARY TEST SCORES DOWN –
DECLINES IN READING AND MATH

Michelle Rhee, unaccountable & unqualified
‘chancellor’
(note: she is not legally eligible
to be a school district superintendent)
“The DCPS had lower math test scores
in grades 4 and 8 in 2009,
and District African-American
test scores went down” …….
read & view the
data = />
http://www.examiner.com/ward-5-in-washington-dc/rhee-fails-on-nation-s-report-card
————————–------------------
“2010 DCPS Test Scores DECLINED”
see news article,
DCist website: = />
http://dcist.com/2010/07/2010_dcps_test_scores_decline.php
Look at the data, rather than the
24-7 mega-media hype manipulated,
funded & produced by the Hedge Fund boyz,
Kaplan Testing corporation,
the edu-profiteers/financiers clique
& their incompetent spokesmodel rabid Rhee
– with her ludicrous lack of proven
teaching or administrative experience,
her lack of academic certification to be a superintendent,
her lack of reasonable supervisory procedures,
her lack of basic managerial skills,
her lack of team-building to implement goals,
her lack of community development to facilitate progress,
her lack of professional tact, her lack of essential
communication insight,
and her abysmal lack of common sense.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 11, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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