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Rhee's mystery honeymoon

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will marry Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Sept. 4, says she knows the "when" of her honeymoon but not the "where." She'll take off for 10 days beginning Sept. 15, the day after the Democratic mayoral primary. But she said that as far the destination, she'll be out of the loop until she gets to the airport.

"I don't know where we're going. Kevin is going to surprise me," she told WTOP's Mark Segraves.

Segraves pressed mightily for other nuptial news scraps but didn't get much traction. Rhee wouldn't say how much her designer gown cost, or the location of the wedding (just "the West Coast"). She said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was invited but his attendance was doubtful given the demands of the political season. Guests might include some of Johnson's former NBA pals, but no names. Rhee did call herself "the worst bride ever," because her invitations were not yet in the mail.

As for the election, Rhee continues to say that she can only work for a mayor with Fenty's commitment to education reform.

"I do think this is a referendum about two different men with two very, very different philosophies," she said, declining to directly discuss D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. "I happen to be a part of the future in one person's vision of what school reform should look like."

If Fenty wins Sept. 14, she said she is prepared to remain on the job as long as the mayor will have her.

"Kevin really is incredibly supportive of the work I am doing here," Rhee said. "For us, the bicoastal thing works. I know some people don't think it's possible but it really works for us."

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By Bill Turque  |  July 16, 2010; 11:49 AM ET
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oh, please!!!!

Still in campaign mode.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | July 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? I don't.

Posted by: samvped205 | July 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

She mentioned the erasure problem and invetigation from last year, but not the conclusions.
Mark Seagraves did not follow up.
Nor did he ask about tying test scores to performance.

Posted by: edlharris | July 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least there is hope she will leave. I wonder if her friends with big money will get her another job in education where she can terrorize people with her emotional imbalance.

Posted by: jlp19 | July 16, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Bridal, honeymoon and education. I can't seem to get the relationship of why is that this what they call a slow news day?

Posted by: PowerandPride | July 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse


It's important because DC may have the chance to get rid itself of a psychopath that has been ravaging DCPS.

Remember, human beings deserve to be treated as human beings - not as animals. Rhee and her moneyed business friends have been treating the employees DCPS as animals.

It just comes down to humaneness.

Posted by: jlp19 | July 16, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle?

Posted by: adcteacher1 | July 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@adcteacher1: One can only hope!

This is a case when it really is a shame that DC is a one-party town. Whoever wins the Democrat primary on Sept 14th wins the election in November. That's quite a civics lesson she is giving the kids, "If Fenty wins Sept. 14, she said she is prepared to remain on the job as long as the mayor will have her." Um, technically, he won't be the "new" mayor till he is actually elected.

So, let's all get out and vote for Gray!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | July 16, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Three subjects that are not planned to be part of a reformed DCPS...

1. Statistics
2. Civics
3. Ethics

Posted by: AGAAIA | July 17, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

AGAAIA, you forgot to mention "compassion" (no compassion for any of her employees), "commitment" (how can you commit to a job in DC when you're constantly jetsetting across the country?), or even "humanity" (nothing humane about the way parents, students, and employees are treated). Those three traits won't be a part of the "reformed DCPS" either.

Posted by: thebandit | July 17, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse


This is not news. You need another job if this is all the Post has to write about!

Posted by: teacherspet | July 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bill, FYI, the DC Teacher Chic has closed up shop. Her blog is no longer available. You should remove it from the "what you are reading" section.

Posted by: adcteacher1 | July 17, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

bill turque, this is the lowest you've stooped yet. Call up your old J-School professor and ask him/her if this is newsworthy.

Posted by: bbcrock | July 19, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

This story should quiet any fears that the Post is important or influential in education. No worries.

Posted by: axolotl | July 19, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

This really exposes how shallow much of the reporting on DCPS and Michelle Rhee has actually gotten. Shame on you for encouraging the discussion about education reform to spiral into a series of personal attacks vice actually figuring out what works. This made me cancel my weekly subscription, well done.

Posted by: edreformer99 | July 19, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't like Rhee, but I do value marriage. If these two really want to be successfully married versus married for convenience they need to live, work and grow together as husband and wife. Long distance is bad enough, but bi-coastal can be a deal breaker.

and this should be in the style section.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 19, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Now that the WaPo revealed what Dana Priest has been up to in the two years since reporting on Walter Reed Hospital treatment of wounded vets, a major piece on the contractor-security state, we look forward to the deep investigation of public education in DC that this frivolity is a cover for.

When does it come out, Bill? Or, at least, when do we find out how deeply hollowed out DCPS is, how dependent on contractors?

Posted by: incredulous_2 | July 19, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think this is a worthwhile education story, in that any DC teacher (or any teacher) would not be given permission to have personal leave at the start of the school year (unless medically involved/pregnancy something beyond the teacher's control).

DC has had issues at the start of the school year pretty frequently, and that is when her "very supportive husband of her work" and she decide to marry and honeymoon? She knows Fenty won't attend because of the "demands of politics"? What about the demands of the school system, Ms Rhee? What about putting students first? Why aren't you marrying and honeymooning in the summer???

Posted by: researcher2 | July 19, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere off the planet seems fitting.

Posted by: candycane1 | July 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"bill turque, this is the lowest you've stooped yet. Call up your old J-School professor and ask him/her if this is newsworthy.

Posted by: bbcrock "
bbcrock, I thought you said Bill's "wildly misrepresenting" Michelle Rhee's words was the lowest.

Lying or gossiping - make up your mind.
(PS What's the square root of 77? No online calculator)


This story should quiet any fears that the Post is important or influential in education. No worries.

Posted by: axolotl "

Thus the reason for your posting.

Hey, how did the weekend therapy sessions go?
Is it true that every inkblot had you crying out "Marlboro Man!"?

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | July 19, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

They are there to help you, and they will.

Posted by: axolotl | July 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

If I wanted to read about marriage, I would check out the Style section of the Washington Post not an education blog. If most of us were honest, nobody cares about Rhee's personal life or marriage.

I am disappointed that Turque has been reduced to a blog and not real reporting in the paper on education issues. This fits in with the editorial boards vision. Only good education news can be reported in the Posts newspaper.I encourage readers to check out Alex Burchfield of the Washington City Paper City Desk on Friday. At least he is writing about education.

Posted by: teacherspet | July 20, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

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