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Rhee on 'Oprah' today

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee gets the Oprah treatment this afternoon (4 p.m. WJLA) as part of the promotional campaign for "Waiting for Superman," the edu-documentary that features her as one of the leading lights of school reform. She'll appear along with Bill Gates (also in the film) and director Davis Guggenheim. It opens in selected theaters Friday.

Although the show was taped just 10 days ago, it qualifies as a period piece. It was four days before Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Sept. 14 Democratic primary defeat and five days prior Rhee's stunning declaration -- at a Newseum screening for "Superman" -- that the election outcome would be "devastating" for the city's schoolchildren. Rhee has since said that her comments were not meant as a condemnation of the Democratic primary victor, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

It should be interesting to watch, nonetheless.

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By Bill Turque  | September 20, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
 
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Let's... Get real, everybody!
==$$$==
Michelle Rhee is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of:
Walmart,
Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Goldman Sachs et. al.,
Hedge Fund edu-profiteers
(& their mindless 'think' tanks,
planted pundits & sycophants);
and she's blatantly
a frontwoman / spokesmodel for
KAPLAN learning services, Inc.
(testing, test-prep & online divisions) which is a major business arm (tentacle) of the "Washington Post" company.

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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

============

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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

============

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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) ==>

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2009/11/20/what-was-michelle-rhees-damage-control-for-kevin-johnson/


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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I saw all the voting percentages from the recent mayoral election...why all the hate against Michelle Rhee from African-Americans?

She's the only one who has attempted to get rid of the dead weight in DC public schools. We finally started to make some progress, but Black voters voted her/Fenty out.

DC schools will continue to be a joke because of incompetent teachers and lack of any real accountability. Money only goes so far.

Posted by: biff_t84 | September 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

@Biff don't be a meathead like your name sake from the movie Back to the Future.

Stop over generalizing and marginalizing voters who disagreed with Rhee. She hasn't been the only who attempted to get rid of dead weight. ***Gasp*** she isn’t a the only savior of public educations.

What you need is a nice big glass of education. Please learn about the educational issues and policies under Rhee. In fact I sure she is looking for a job and maybe you can have her run the schools in your city,town, or state.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | September 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"2010 DCPS
Test Scores DECLINE"

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,
Online learning corporations,
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 managerial skills, her lack of teambuilding 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: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It would almost be worth watching to see what inappropriate statements she makes on the show. There has to be at least one. As for her backpedaling on her descriptive "devastating for school children" assessment of Gray's election, there was no misinterpreting that. If she really thinks she can talk her way out of that, her monumental ego has made her delusional.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | September 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@thelildiva4u
You wrote:
"she isn’t a the only savior of public educations."

You must have gone to DC schools.

Posted by: biff_t84 | September 20, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

DCPS ELEMENTARY TEST SCORES DOWN --
DECLINES IN READING AND MATH

Michelle Rhee, unaccountable & unqualified
Chancellor

"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

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Just the facts: Shaw Middle School's scores did not even stay about the same. They went down -- reading scores declined from 38.52% in ’08 to 29.20% in ’09 and it’s math scores went from 33.33% to 29.02%. This can easily be verified at the official website http://nclb.osse.dc.gov. Did you not check? Did you just take Chancellor Rhee’s or Principal Betts’ word on it? The fact that Shaw’s scores didn’t go up is a major embarrassment for Rhee. She installed a new principal, who hired a new staff, selected for being young and “unjaded” and he paid the kids for good behavior and attendance. It seems imperative that Rhee is asked to re-examine her determination to pursue this method and not gloss over an obvious failure with her ongoing pathological prevarication & misrepresentation of the facts. (as per writer "efavorite") -------------------------------------------- Michelle is full of herself..... and facts show... Her scores went down ! The ironic part is watching Rhee loyalists twisting themselves into pretzels to rationalize a 4% drop in D.C. elementary school test scores. Suddenly, the entire test-and-punish crowd is explaining to us how test scores don't mean anything and how test scores are tied much more to out-of-school conditions. The problem is that she has made rising standardized test scores a central measure for achievement -- hers, students and teachers, writes Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss. So, feel free to judge Rhee on her insistence on placing so much importance on test scores (as have today’s other titans of education reform, such as Joel Klein in New York City). She believes they are so important, in fact, that she recently announced that she wants to expand their use in city schools, so that, in time, every D.C. student from kindergarten through high school is regularly assessed to measure academic progress and teacher effectiveness. But judging her reforms on the actual test scores, well, as my kids say, “Not so much.” -- Posted by Mike Klonsky

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Rhee should resign. She is a disgrace.
Feeling Lucky?
Why are we gambling with our children’s education, self-esteem & growth?
Do you feel it is fair or humane to tell our children they cannot have a quality education because they lost a lottery drawing?
How about using a child’s anxiety, pain and sense of rejection to make big money on a film? How about trading their education, like pork bellies or B-1 Bombers on the Stock Market? If any of this sounds “O.K.” to you, then you know nothing about child psychology, education or democracy… just like Michelle Rhee and New York's Joel Klein.
Reject this child abuse.
By the way, is gambling legal in Washington, D.C.? Or Brookyn New York? Or any of the other places this lottery has been used? If not, why is Rhee and Paramount Pictures not indicted for promoting illegal gambling, endangering the welfare of a minor and illegal gambling, etc.?
If any educator in any school decided to give A's or pencils or textbooks to only those students in the class who won a lottery drawing, that educator would be led away in handcuffs, jailed and be fired.
Shouldn't we indict Michelle Rhee...after she resigns?

Posted by: Nicnamibia | September 20, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, my curiosity got the better part of me and I actually tuned in to the show. Rhee appeared around 4:15 or so and she indeed is in rare form -- teacher bashing at its heights. She actually said that teachers should not be given any time to improve -- no mention that that's exactly what the Principal did for her in Baltimore! Also, no mention of her abuse. I wonder how Oprah would respond to her placing duct tape over elementary students' mouths as a mode of classroom management.

I should have known that this was going to be as bad as it gets...Bill Gates, Oprah, and Michelle...the new troika of public school salvation, spouting lies on her show. It's sad. I have heretofore given Oprah far too much credit for engaging in research.

Not to mention the lie perpetuated that tenure means a job for life! Rhee also described the red/green tier (remember that) and how the union refused to put it to a vote.

Public school education is in big trouble, but maybe not...Rhee is so given to prevarication that she is bound to self-destruct sooner or later.

Posted by: vscribe | September 20, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching this show now,and this is a REAL stretch for me, but I think even Glenn Beck could've done a better job. This show is childishly simplistic, a total disgrace, and heavily biased against public schools and their teachers. So the answer is for billionaries to open and fund charter schools? NO! Rhee is gone, and that's a start toward getting someone who is REALLY about education.

Posted by: Onpoint3 | September 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Maybe one of the reason Gates was shedding a tear, was because charters and vouchers were voted down in Seattle (where he lives). They have good public schools there.

Posted by: Onpoint3 | September 20, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Biff says, "I saw all the voting percentages from the recent mayoral election...why all the hate against Michelle Rhee from African-Americans?"

I voted in the election and didn't see Rhee's name on the ballot.

Also, like most elections, it was about selecting people to serve in public office, not about expressing hate.

Vscribe - please contact Oprah's producers with you're story. You're an excellent writer and a former DCPS teacher. They need to hear from you.

I'm hoping Oprah gets enough push-back on this that she will do a sequel, showing the other side.

Posted by: efavorite | September 20, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"2010 DCPS Test Scores DECLINE"

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 teambuilding 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.

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

vscribe: "Rhee is so given to prevarication that she is bound to self-destruct sooner or later."

I agree with vscribe. Rhee demonstrates the characteristics of someone with a narcissistic personality disorder. She will self-destruct based on her ability to lie, manufacture “facts” to support the lies, and attack teachers to further her own self-interests.

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | September 20, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

A one sided conversation and a very oversimplified solution to a very complex issue. Oprah has gone down in my book and I am protesting by canceling my membership and not watching her final season.

She has done a huge disservice to schools by putting on Rhee and a rich man and highlighting a movie that again blames the teachers.....you can't beat us any harder....you can't twist us around any further.....so if the results prove that we are not at fault who can we blame next.....

Rhee has not gotten rid of 'dead weight'. She has gotten rid of black teachers and replaced them with white teachers.....she reminds me of Bush in the way she is so determined....just going the wrong way.

Posted by: miriamsart | September 21, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

The first advisory is half over and most DC schools students do not have books to take home!!!!!!!!! I got one syllabus from an English teacher for my 9th grader that say PARENTS HAVE TO BUY 4 TEXT BOOKS!!!!!!! computers are missing, and it took a month to get my daughter in the right class.

The problems are the unorganized, uncaring, arrogant administration. Spending money on dog parks and they can't even buy enough books for students.

Shame on Oprah for not doing her homework. I guess that money spent on the PF firm to help with Rhee image actually worked. Rhee has the nerve to say she is concerned about the students.

Posted by: lois3 | September 21, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I haven't had a chance to watch yesterday's show, yet. However, when I heard NPR this morning playing a clip of Oprah calling Rhea a "warrior woman" I almost vomitted (not hyperbole).

As a DCPS parent and public school teacher (former DCPS) I am troubled by a lot of the 'reform' ideas that are being perpetuated by Rhee and her fans. While there have been some good things to take place--new food service is one that immediately comes to mind, they are not academic. My ward has lost the most schools, replaced by charters--charters designed to support children who are struggling or behind academically, which my child is not. There is no middle school or high school in the area.

Anyone who is going to effect lasting systemic change must not only have support from the community, but must also know what they are doing. Rhee's lack of academic credentials makes her unfit to be the head of the school system. Perhaps a better COO, but forcing a business model on a school system, which is what it appears Rhee is attempting, isn't going to work.

Posted by: 39aka94 | September 21, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh- one more thing- for the person who wanted to know why Blacks in the city hate Rhee did you ask why whites in the city love her?

Did anyone else read the article in September's Ebony where she proudly touts the fact that programs like TFA and her New Teacher Project are bringing in teachers from the 'elite' schools? She had to backtrack when Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College, challenged her. And, Rhee didn't mention that these programs bring in teachers with no disciplinary skills (like herself)and who are not committed to the profession of teaching (ditto). These programs are not designed to develop a professional core of teachers. As a teacher with 15 years experience, I can tell you, no one becomes an expert in 3 years. I don't understand why Rhee (or anyone else) spends their energy trying to build and repair schools with these types of teachers. They are a band aid.

Posted by: 39aka94 | September 21, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

DC Public Schools
under Rhee-form:

The first advisory (marking period) is
half over and most DC schools students do not have books to take home!!!!!!!!!

I got one syllabus from an English teacher for my 9th grader that say PARENTS HAVE TO BUY 4 TEXT BOOKS!!!!!!! computers are missing, and it took a month to get my daughter in the right class.

The problems are the unorganized, uncaring, arrogant administration. Spending money on dog parks and they can't even buy enough books for students.

Shame on Oprah for not doing her homework.
I guess that money spent on the
PR firm to help with Michelle Rhee's
public image actually worked (?!)
Rhee has the nerve to say she is concerned about the students.

Posted by: lois3

Posted by: honestaction | September 21, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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