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Spellings: Rhee has "fire in the belly"

My colleague Nick Anderson reports that former education secretary Margaret Spellings touted Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee at a meeting of The Post's editorial board Monday.

Spellings predicted that Rhee would continue her work in the District if Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wins another four-year term later this year.

"I think she's fearless and has the fire in the belly," Spellings said. "If he's re-elected, I think she's here to stay and coming on."

Spellings is a long-time Rhee booster who supported her appointment as chancellor while in the Bush cabinet. Last year, Fenty chose a Spellings lieutenant, former assistant secretary of education Kerri Briggs, to become D.C. State Superintendent of Education.

By Bill Turque  |  March 1, 2010; 8:20 PM ET
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""If he's re-elected, I think she's here to stay and coming on.""
Coming on to who?

Maybe Miss Spellings sees in Miss Rhee those qualities in her predecessor-Roderick Paige-
arrogance and problems with the truth.

Posted by: edlharris | March 1, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Or this priceless commentary on Miss Spellings:
"In "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell wrote, "When one watches some tired hack on the platform repeating the familiar often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy...." George Orwell was lucky. He never had to listen to Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education.

She famously said, "I talk about No Child Left Behind like Ivory Soap: It's 99.9 percent pure. There's not much needed in the way of change." Teachers/authors Debra Craig and Judy Rabin decided that Spellings was "99.9% delusional" while Education Week founder, Ron Wolk called the statement "99.9% bunk." "

Posted by: edlharris | March 1, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The slogan for Ivory Soap was that it was "99 and 44/100 percent pure."

It's appropriate in the context of the testing associated with NCLB that Ivory Soap was manufactured by Procter & Gamble.

Posted by: gardyloo | March 2, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Who cares whether there’s fire or a baby in her belly! She's a lying incompetent uncertified leader. She ran from the classroom as teacher. I want to know who made her an expert on quality instruction???? Remember she told us she couldn't handle the children so she left the teaching field as an uncertified teacher! It’s a crime shame that she’s now running a whole school district!

Posted by: dcrez1 | March 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The statement is meaningless when considering the source. Margaret Spellings? Please!

Posted by: candycane1 | March 2, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

"I think she's here to stay and coming on."

The question is, who is coming on to?

Posted by: jlp19 | March 2, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fred Hiatt and Ms. JoAnn Armao do not have any credibility to write about District of Columbia public education. Their meeting with former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings who states DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee has fire in her belly reflects Ms. Spellings blindness. On the matter of District public education, all have demonstrated clear bias and arrogance. Mr. Hiatt and Ms. Armao's disrespect to and disregard for the residents of the District of Columbia is evidenced by their refusal to meet with local education advocates who disagree with them. It is painfully obvious the editorial board seeks to divide the public on the critical issue of improving public education for District children. It is also unfortunate local reporters decline to seek comment from passionate community education advocates call them out for incomplete reporting.

Robert Vinson Brannum

Posted by: robert158 | March 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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