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Rhee clarifies what she meant by 'devastating'

Michelle Rhee sent a letter to the editor seeking to clarify her remarks after the "Waiting for Superman" opening Wednesday night. In the letter, she said that Mayor Adrian Fenty's loss would be "devastating" only if "the results were to be read as a repudiation of reform."

Here's the full letter.

Here's my story from this morning.

By Washington Post editors  | September 17, 2010; 11:37 AM ET
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What we've seen with Ms. Rhee is a good example of the "Peter Principle:" a person rises to the level of her incompetence.

And now Rhee appears to know it too.

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | September 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Many people I respect expressed the hope that there was a possibility that Ms. Rhee would stay on in a Gray administration until a successor could be chosen and "smooth transition" could be arranged.

The history that Bill Turque describes in his print article in the Washington Post today, "D.C. school chief Rhee's next move probably toward the door", is very informative. What some people have called stylistic differences that they thought could be overcome, is actually a bridge to far.

Vincent Gray doesn't just treat people with respect because it is politically advantageous to do so, he does so because it is fundamentally who he is. The DC Council under his leadership was amazing to witness, as these are not a bunch of trained cats that sit at the dais of city power .

But to think that such a "devastatingly" disrespectful and self-absorbed personality as Rhee could find comfort working for our next mayor is beyond a thousand marriage counselors' best efforts and intentions. Afterall, it is she that has thrown a wrench in the spokes of this relationship over and over again. And then less than 24 hours after a democratic election that she deliberately and forcefully injected herself into, she makes the type of statements that she herself would undoubtedly fire a member of her own staff for making.

There is only one regret that we Washingtonians should have now; and that is that Michelle Rhee will now become someone else's cross to bear. May God have mercy on their poor souls.

Posted by: AGAAIA | September 17, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Rhee behaves like someone with a narcissistic personality disorder:

-Reacts to criticism with rage
-Blames others for her own mistakes
-Takes advantage of other people to achieve her own goals
-Has feelings of self-importance
-Exaggerates achievements and talents
-Is preoccupied with fantasies of success and intelligence
-Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
-Requires constant attention and admiration
-Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
-Has obsessive self-interests
-Pursues mainly selfish goals

She exemplifies delusional tendencies – egotistical, self-absorbed, and self-important. Rhee is unfit to lead any organization.

Rhee brought on her own failure with support from the kool-aid drinking media and the for-profit teacher blaming pseudo-reformer crowd.

Where are the investigative reporters?

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | September 17, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The investigative reporters are trying to help Rhee get her job back.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 17, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rhee is a narcissistic scam artist & a Walmart, Hedge Funds, Billionaire Boyz concubine --
she also apparently has diarrhea of the mouth.....
Hey, "Chancellor" -- don't trip up your tongue or slip on your (Ron Moten mojo) "Go-Go" boots on the way out, and watch out for your own slick pile of dippity-do..... this is your wake-up call Ms. Rhee as you brazenly bumble & stumble, as you cuddle up in the boardrooms & backrooms with Eli Broad & Bill Gates, as you cover-up for Kevin Johnson's ("St. Hope" academy) financial illegalities & his sexcapades with students (teen minors) & with his school-staff (Americorps) subordinates too.
Watch your step and your mouth --- think before you speak --- Ms. Rhee, Non-superintendent !

Posted by: honestaction | September 17, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

If Rhee were Shirley Sherrod, the Obama Administration would have fired Rhee before the evening was over.

Rhee is very dangerous. Individuals should not be intimidated by a dictator or damage controller.

Rhee's famous quote, "I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed 78 days of school. Why wouldn't we take those things into consideration?" (February 2010)

Enough is Enough, Rhee MUST GO!

Posted by: sheilahgill | September 17, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

She must go NOW it seem like some counsel members want to help her but where was the help for the 265 that did not have SEX with students /That did not hit kids /Nor missed 78 days of school and all the lies she told to just get a national image let all march to show that it's. Time. For her to go when NOW

Posted by: Darksecrettt | September 18, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The first statement was enormously unprofessional (and untrue). The retraction is transparently phony.

Does she really have any understanding of what it takes to lead effectively?

Posted by: oldmh | September 18, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Ask the parents of over 4000 plus special education students in private non-public schools throughout the DC metro area: Why did you hire an attorney to get your child out of a neighborhood school in DCPS? Why do you refuse to return your child to a DCPS school? Because, we were waiting for a beacon of hope; instead we have system-wide wasteful spending, departmental corruption, and the benign neglect of children who are in the greatest need of services.
What did Chancellor Rhee do to make special education the shinning star of this city? That’s what “REAL SCHOOL” reform is about, not being on the cover of 10-12 national magazines because you know how to scream and yell at people. Building consensus with ALL stakeholders and ALL constitutes; being responsible while building bridges not walls, this is what “REAL SCHOOL” leadership is about. Michelle Rhee promoted two or three ideas nationally and was proclaimed a “reform” educator in the national media’s eyes. Here on the “shop floor” in our “REAL SCHOOLS” the media forgot to look and see if anything was really reforming. Where are the promised “REAL SCHOOL” partnership reforms with non-public school: schools within a school, new special education facilities, co-location programs, etc.
Rhee was masterful at changing a few policies and procedures and called it “REAL SCHOOL” reform. The Chancellor and her public relations team then proceeded preaching reform outside the walls of the city of DC and the rest of the country took the bait. The take away: “REAL SCHOOL” reform is much more than a few policy changes. I hope the soon to be Mayor, Vince Gray knows the difference.

Posted by: shotronnie | September 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's... Get real, everybody!

Michelle Rhee is a wholly-owned subsidiary
Walmart, Eli Broad, Bill Gates,
Goldman Sachs et. al.,
Hedge Fund edu-profiteers
(& their mindless 'think' tanks,
planted pundits & sycophants);
and blatantly
she's the frontwoman/spokesmodel
KAPLAN learning services, Inc.
(testing, test-prep & online divisions)
which is a major business arm
(tentacle) of the
"Washington Post" company.


Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy HYPOCRISY ==
What was helicopter-in Michelle Rhee’s ‘Damage Control’ for (boyfriend) Kevin Johnson?

note: Michelle Rhee was on the
board of directors of Kevin's
privatized High School charter
-- during the time when there were financial illegalities
& misappropriations of federal grants and also a pattern of outlandish sexual misconduct perpetrated by school director Kevin Johnson involving minor teens & subordinate
(Americorps) school staff.

(must read) ==>


Posted by: honestaction | September 19, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

First Ms. Rhee drops another nasty vocal bomb. Then she goes on "vacation," during the school year, so she doesn't have to answer any questions about her remarks. Then, after a day off, she posts a letter denying the content of her statement. Typical!

Posted by: kew2 | September 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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