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Is Rhee heading northeast--or west?


UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee appeared to close the door on a possible appointment to New Jersey's top education post Wednesday, but then opened another by saying that her next job could be at a school district.

Rhee, who leaves her D.C. post at the end of the month, continued to decline to comment on whether she has been offered the job of New Jersey education commissioner. But she also told told The Wall Street Journal:

"I want to go where I will have the most impact and, to me, the most radical changes can happen at the local level. That's why I am strongly considering possibilities in other districts" outside Washington, D.C.

Rhee has consistently said that the D.C. schools job would be her first and last local superintendency. So, either she was misquoted, or she's had a change of heart.

The Star-Ledger of New Jersey reports this morning that outgoing D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is "seriously considering" an offer from the governor to become state education chief.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: Rhee told The Post this morning she has no comment on the report.

Gov. Chris Christie (R) has been on the hunt for an education commissioner since he fired his last chief, Bret Schundler, over bungling of the state's Race to the Top application that may have cost New Jersey a shot at hundreds of millions of dollars.

But where Rhee wants to move after she leaves the D.C. schools job this month is still unclear. For more on Rhee's possible next steps, you can read this piece.


After her resignation announcement last week, Rhee did a round of interviews with national press, including "Good Morning America," where she told George Stephanopoulos that she's looking for a high-impact job closer to her fiance, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

It's possible that a state-level position would attract Rhee (unlike a lateral move to lead another urban school system, like Newark's). It's also conceivable that she would be a good match for Christie on education. The New Jersey governor has been challenging teachers unions since his first day in office.

When last we checked with Rhee, she discounted the possibility of a move to New Jersey. We're checking again this morning.

Follow D.C. Schools Insider every day at washingtonpost.com/dc- schools.

By Bill Turque  | October 20, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
 
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Comments

I wish she would come to Montgomery County and fill Weast's position. Damm unions made slaves of the County council.The regular taxpayer and students are suffering for it

Posted by: mbliss1 | October 20, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure ms Rhee will have plenty of job offers! she should clean up PG CO schools they are as much of a mess as DC schools and are top heavy with upper level administrators!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Good for her. Best of luck. She caused Fenty his job as mayor, now she is moving up to the big league. She was smart enough not to wreck her career, I'll give her that much.

Posted by: rankcon | October 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

No! Really. I am shocked (Obvious Sarcasm)

I believed the denial of the denial of the denial when it was blatherskite ruga billingsgate gawp suppositioned that she accepted this job two months ago prior to the close of the Sept primary. But that was ridiculous. So much so it happens to be where she is going and this action just happened in the past 3 days. Yeah--and I have a bridge in Brooklynn if there is any takers.

Posted by: CultureClub | October 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Rhee's exit killed the write-in drive.

Adrian's strongest supporters this year were actaully Michelle Rhee supporters.

Posted by: tcs1999 | October 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse


mbliss1...Too bad that Maryland isn't a Right to Work state. The teacher unions in Fairfax are impotent.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Rhee would be a great replacement for Weast, but I doubt that she would be given the green light to battle the teachers' union, as Fenty gave her in DC. MoCo officials remain under the thumb of the unions, who get rid of anybody who dares to oppose them (Duchy Tratchenberg, I'm thinking of you).

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 20, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Please delete previous comment. After posting there are words I did not write.

Posted by: CultureClub | October 20, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Only the Rheebots find this dues interesting.

Bill-please move on. How about discussing some real news like the near riot at Anacostia SHS yesterday. The fact that some students were sent home early while unders where held in the building. Remember the highly touted Friendship Academy takeover pushed by Rhee to improve the conditions and academics at Anacostia.

You can put a tie on a member of Choppa City but they are still members of the gang. Another example of the phony Rheeform.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | October 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I disagree that Rhee would be a good fit for MontCo. MontCo is a "do no harm" situation which needs a good administrator who can make incremental changes and improvements. Rhee is better suited to a system that is entrenched in poor practices and needs a complete overhaul. I actually think going to a state level position also would be a bad move for her. She would be too detached from the everyday decisions and only setting policy. Too many good administrators get promoted up to the policy level and lose their effectiveness.

Posted by: CNY-DC | October 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Good for New Jersey--an "Up North" state where 44 public servants were arrested July 2009 for mass corruption/lack of ethics.
A state with trashy, filthy roadways and landscapes, 3rd world values, and seemingly few Anmerican-style standards for decency.
Rhee will help clean up their societal mess there and provide needed reforms!

Posted by: sstex1 | October 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

MoCo? didnt MoCo just come in 2nd in the big Education contest, winnging 1/4 mil?

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Posted by: budonging | October 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

NJ is a very long way from Sacramento California.

Posted by: 2belinda | October 20, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"Closer to KJ huh?". Put that one right up there with "it's all about and for the kids". Be4 quitting 2 months into a school year.

Take Fenty to NJ also.

I wonder what Rhee's ex hubby or baby-daddy perceives her to be. I'm taking bets that she and KJ will not last 5 years. Her style always = marital problems and divorce, similar to the dysfunctional ongoing drama that made her DC tenure what it was.

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 20, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Please delete previous comment. After posting there are words I did not write.

No actually, I worte the words, but I didn't want anyone to call me out on it. Sorry for being such a wuss.

Posted by: CultureClub | October 20, 2010 11:50 AM

Posted by: TheChampishere | October 20, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Good luck in NJ. Rhee may think she's tough because she's been in battle with Washington's teachers' union, but she has no idea what's in store for her in NJ. There are no kid gloves in NJ. So dirty, ugly NJ needs Rhee to straighten out the schools and the NJEA? In your dreams! NJ's answer? Bring it on! You got a problem with that?
Welcome to NJ; now go home!

Posted by: ezingg | October 20, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Closer to KJ huh?". Put that one right up there with "it's all about and for the kids". Be4 quitting 2 months into a school year.

Take Fenty to NJ also.

I wonder what Rhee's ex hubby or baby-daddy perceives her to be. I'm taking bets that she and KJ will not last 5 years. Her style always = marital problems and divorce, similar to the dysfunctional ongoing drama that made her DC tenure what it was.

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 20, 2010 11:42 AM |

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This is the best comment of the day! And, oh so true!

Posted by: TheChampishere | October 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

mbliss1...Too bad that Maryland isn't a Right to Work state. The teacher unions in Fairfax are impotent.

Does that mean they sit outside in separate tubs at the end of the day and watch the sun set?

Posted by: blankspace | October 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

As an educator with 15 years experience in the classroom, I find it distasteful to even consider Ms. Rhee for any more posts in education. Her very limited experience in the classroom (3 little years) are a complete affront to educational professionals far and wide. While I understand that someone must gain experience by being a neophyte, but we're talking about a STATE or a huge Count, not a very small city like Washington DC; and even here, I'm sure that contributed to a lot of the limited support that she has found. Of course, her missing ability to communicate did as well. I would have a big problem with someone coming in telling me how to teach when they barely know how to themselves.

Posted by: Foureyes4 | October 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The wheels on the bus go round & round ... she came and stirred waters, and now is gone. To what end all the sturm and drang? Well, it's Weds and the teachers show up in classroom and do what they can; principals and other admins go to meetings; kids, well, they're kids - ie, the system goes on and what remains of the all the promises, fights and noise? Who knows?

Meanwhile, she has effectively "branded" herself and can move from place to place, being a cosmopolitan, in old sociological terms, while educators are mostly locals and live and teach most of their lives w/in a 100 miles of their own schooling.

She will exploit her brand and find high profile roles and seek to stir the drink and maintain her media visibility. Over time, she'll increase her affluence. Her effects will typically be uncertain as she won't stay too long in any role. She'll eventually write some books explaining how she is right and her antagonists are wrong. If she were to ever teach, it'd be a relatively brief effort at the university level, funded by soft money/private funds. She'll rarely, if ever, see the inside of classrooms in the precollegiate world (and then usually accompanied by her people - photo ops and the like).

It's what she is - and there have been innumerable folks like her before and will be in the future. Education is their vehicle or means - schools are things to act on.

Meanwhile, school goes on and good and bad teaching is done each day - she is not an educator, but a media figure. Good luck on that; she's seems adept.

The wheels on the bus go round & round ...

Posted by: dsacken | October 20, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I have long thought that Ms. Rhee was not qualified to be a Chancellor of any school district. Where I come from in New York, all of the superintendents started out as teachers, then principals, and then after obtaining a Ph.D or ED.D, are they even considered for the position. Ms. Rhee is a media hound who is divisive and belongs on radio and/or TV, not in the nations school districts.

Posted by: maryivancic | October 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

there are a lot of really nice places in New Jersey, but they have struggled for years to change their reputation as the "garbage state" based on the area near New York City.
And now they want to bring in Rhee?

idiots!

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So now she wants to be a married women and be near her husband! I told y'all that pledged commitment to DCPS was a bunch of bull crap. she planned on leaving all along and said she woas staying to get Fenty re-elected.

Let her go to Jersey and play the game she got away with here. she will get exposed in Jersey. DC thinks it is big time, but folks here are apathetic and docile. jersey will fight back and she will be in for fights and push back she will not expect.

Posted by: simplewords999 | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

It would be great to see Michelle Rhee take on NJ schools- actually now that includes the Newark School System taken over by the State. But then Cory Booker Newark Mayor has seen what havoc Michelle Rhee created in DC and what she ended up doing to Adrian Fenty and he said not so fast he is doing a search and will involve parents in the decision process.

If Rhee is really committed to kids she will take a job where she can directly see what impact her work has on them. But I think that she will instead go to work for some education non-profit where she will be able to pontificate from on high but not be held accountable for the results.

Posted by: peterdc | October 20, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Any state or local jurisdiction that does not require its top education chief to have a Ph.D., or have teaching or school management experience, will find her qualified.

It does, however, send a mixed message to principals who, ARE often required to have a Ph.D. as well as the students. You are basically telling them, go to school, study hard, go to college, get a degree, ascend to the ranks of mastery work, but in the end, none of it matters.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey...ignore the hype...Michelle Rhee is the Sarah Palin of education...style but no substance.

Posted by: Robmic812 | October 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Sooooo funny to hear Oprah talk her up based on SEEING HER IN A DOCUMENTARY and be CLUELESS about what Rhee has really done here.

Posted by: peauxsucent888 | October 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

For those complaining about Rhee's teaching experience, and about her not being an educator. **That wasn't her job.** She was hired as an administrator. This is much different than being a teacher. Think out from under the school bell. President Obama wasn't a very good soldier, actually he was never a soldier. Yet now he is Commander in Chief. You don't need to be a soldier/teacher to be the Commander in Chief/Chancellor. Not everyone who runs a sanitation company has scrubbed toilets or empty trash from under 100s of desks.

Posted by: streff | October 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

DC residents, literally, don't know how great they had educational reform going on with Rhee.

If only P.G. Co. would hire her and give her free reign to do what she does best....improve school systems and the education of children in ways that will make her a MacArthur Foundation major grant recipient within the next three years.

The truth is that racism is largely responsible for pushing the highly successful Rhee out of D.C.

D.C. has had a million reasons why D.C. kids couldn't achieve and they've used them all since gaining home rule. Michelle challenged each and every one of them and achieved never before highly outstanding levels of results.

Now with the 21st Century reincarnation of Marion Barry coming back into power, we'll see where DC is headed and achieves in the next four years.

Posted by: tcmits | October 20, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I take it Gov. Christie will be a one term politician too

Posted by: PepperDr | October 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ It does, however, send a mixed message to principals who, ARE often required to have a Ph.D. as well as the students. You are basically telling them, go to school, study hard, go to college, get a degree, ascend to the ranks of mastery work, but in the end, none of it matters. Scholarly learning with no practical skills, that Far to often that seems to be the case. Teachers that can't or don't teach are right in line with bankers that lose investor monies.

Posted by: snake_taylor | October 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

If Ms. Rhee was so dedicated into getting the DC school system in shape then why is she leaving. It was all smoke and mirrors because Mayor Fenty let her do whatever she wanted and now she will not be able to run over other people. Per usual a bunch of bull.

Posted by: justmyopinion49 | October 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Does the WaPo editorial board now have a requirement that there be a daily posting on Ms. Rhee? She is, after all, history in D.C.

Posted by: sanderling5 | October 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Well well well, i guess Ms Rhee who by the way was a vital asset to breaking down the poor and i mean P.O.O.R school system that was dcps is lost what a shame. the one person that actally got america focused on children - they lost fenty (who built on anthony williams' format for bringing business to the area) because he wouldn't 'shuck and jive' - literally with them so they could feel wanted and stroked.

Hmm oh well its back to business as usual - no fresh food for the kids at school back to frosted flakes instead of kashi and teachers who wear their clothes just like the wannabes kids on the streets - so they can get the kids to 'understand them' .yassah misstah boss just likes you likes it suh...

Posted by: saudi1 | October 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

morrisday1 from the reaaaalllllly old skool - grow up

Posted by: saudi1 | October 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Rhee will be a nice cupie doll for Christy to trot out in his campaign for President. Of course, she won't have accomplished anything except for screwing teachers who are too close to their unions, but isn't all that Republiscums really want, except maybe to pay less taxes?

Posted by: daweeni | October 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

She needs to get a job in China, Japan, amongst her (something's wrong with my eyes) folks! Enough of Rhee, who can't see, but a fee, just ask people of DC...please go away and take (I don't think I'm black, I'm mixed) Fenty with ya!!!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

DC residents, literally, don't know how great they had educational reform going on with Rhee.

If only P.G. Co. would hire her and give her free reign to do what she does best....improve school systems and the education of children in ways that will make her a MacArthur Foundation major grant recipient within the next three years.

The truth is that racism is largely responsible for pushing the highly successful Rhee out of D.C.

D.C. has had a million reasons why D.C. kids couldn't achieve and they've used them all since gaining home rule. Michelle challenged each and every one of them and achieved never before highly outstanding levels of results.

Now with the 21st Century reincarnation of Marion Barry coming back into power, we'll see where DC is headed and achieves in the next four years.

Posted by: tcmits | October 20, 2010 2:01 PM

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If you don't like it, don't let the door hit you in that tight behind of yours!

Posted by: TheChampishere | October 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Right on Champishere!!! Could not have said it better!!!! You know that's what they are- tight behind, hiding behind trees, child molesters!!!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

DOUBLE STANDARD. There is no way anyone would hire a Black Man or Woman with such weak credentials. They'd be labeled as a quota.

Posted by: rankcon | October 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I've been so busy doing a happy dance that Rhee is leaving that I haven't kept up with all her latest news. So she might go to New Jersey, eh? Excellent! They'll eat her alive.

Good riddance to Rhee. Maybe it's time for the Washington Post to pay attention to reality and not the privatization schtick!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

JUST GO AWAY!!!!

Posted by: OneStop1 | October 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

tcmits - I can understand that you would be confused about Rhee's impact, because it's frequestnly misrepresented in the press.

Please check out this official information from the US department of education about DC academic achievement results since 1995 and you will see that there is nothing outstanding about the results that students (not Rhee) achieved during Rhee's time in DC. In fact, student achievement has been rising slowly and steadily all that time, not matter who the superintendent was and despite regular turn-over in leadership.

*Source: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/ (then click on “District of Columbia”)

DC National assessment of educational progress (NAEP) scores

MATH
4th grade Math
1996 – 187
2000 – 192
2003 – 205
2005 – 211
2007 – 214
2009 – 219

8th grade Math
1996 – 233
2000 – 235
2003 – 243
2005 – 245
2007 – 248
2009 – 254

READING
[reading scores dipped a little between ‘02-’03 (4th grade) and ’02-’05 (8th grade) but rebounded and improved before Rhee arrived in July ’07. The tests were taken in spring, ’07.]

4th grade Reading
1998 – 179
2002 – 191
2003 – 188
2005 – 191
2007 – 197
2009 – 202

8th Grade reading
1998 – 236
2002 – 240
2003 – 239
2005 – 238
2007 – 241
2009 – 242

Posted by: efavorite | October 20, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Very disappointing. She fired some poor performers and the city went crazy. No wonder DC is a backwater.

Posted by: ShaneOsborne | October 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

No surprise at all. Places other than DC reward success. DC doesn't. DC loves to punish success and keep their children ignorant. It's like a time machine back to the Marion Barry era.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | October 20, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

tcmits- it all is a lie!!! With all the education you, Osborne, and JohnF have about DC, you did not now those test scores were not true!!! Will, when your a Bush follower, I guess - go figure! I love DC, and so do the whiteys, that's why they are here!!! What a shame for us!! Hey, everyone, put your kids on lockdown, they are coming to your section of DC, the perverts are here!!!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

morrisday1 from the reaaaalllllly old skool - grow up

Posted by: saudi1 | October 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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A sore loser that Fenty lost. You should instead be upset with Palin, I meant Rhee for quitting. She did quit. Not all are sad that she's left.

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


New Jersey's gain.


Posted by: Gidgmom | October 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

At long last the offers are starting to roll in! How many will mount up before Rhee imperiously chooses among them?

I predict she will set up shop as Michelle Rhee Incorporated.

Answering to a public official does not seem to be her thing.

Posted by: efavorite | October 20, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

She will have offers closer to her fiance. Long distance marriages can be very stressful.

Posted by: jlp19 | October 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The precious upper-middle class Rhee is going to have her hands full in NJ, and will most likley fail. But, she'll at least get a few years of residince in idyllic Princeton, for sure, so how could she pass that up?

Posted by: Trout1 | October 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

DC residents, literally, don't know how great they had educational reform going on with Rhee.

If only P.G. Co. would hire her and give her free reign to do what she does best....improve school systems and the education of children in ways that will make her a MacArthur Foundation major grant recipient within the next three years.

The truth is that racism is largely responsible for pushing the highly successful Rhee out of D.C.

D.C. has had a million reasons why D.C. kids couldn't achieve and they've used them all since gaining home rule. Michelle challenged each and every one of them and achieved never before highly outstanding levels of results.

Now with the 21st Century reincarnation of Marion Barry coming back into power, we'll see where DC is headed and achieves in the next four years.

Posted by: tcmits | October 20, 2010 2:01 PM

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If you don't like it, don't let the door hit you in that tight behind of yours!

Posted by: TheChampishere | October 20, 2010 3:07 PM |

You have to think most sensible people who want the best for the family and themselves would actually LIVE in DC given the horrible: public schools, ineffective local government and the inherent racism used by many in the city to further their own personal and political goals.

There's no door hitting me on the way out, as you said. I learned decades ago never to want to live in DC.

Posted by: tcmits | October 20, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I take it Gov. Christie will be a one term politician too

Posted by: PepperDr | October 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

How about the next VP of the U.S. in 2012 for starters. Obama's exit begins in less than two weeks. He may even be smart enough to only serve one term rather than become the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century and be defeated in much the same manner by a true visionary with sound ideas and principles.

Posted by: tcmits | October 20, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

tcmits, George Bush served one term as president. So did many others.

Beats being the John McCain of the 21st Century, a never was president.

As for Rhee, someone always hires paper/lightweight resumes dressed up as more. and pays the price for it. Didn't Dan Snyder with the hiring of lightweight resume Jim Zorn?

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 20, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Kick the knowledge, Morrisday1- take that tcmits and even though you don't live here, your tight behind travels to work here. Stay in your neck of the woods and keep teaching the kids you've molested!!!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

She needs to get a job in China, Japan, amongst her (something's wrong with my eyes) folks! Enough of Rhee, who can't see, but a fee, just ask people of DC...please go away and take (I don't think I'm black, I'm mixed) Fenty with ya!!!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 3:00 PM

Comments from 0126 are so digusting and racist beyond belief.

Posted by: Nikon4800 | October 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Rhee, in comparison to accomplished superintendents like the outgoing Montgomery County superintendent, is and always will be chump change.

Remove the media celebrity. She is a half bit undisciplined loud mouth who politicizes the future of children to pad her resume' (thin as it is).

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 20, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hi, tcmits - did you read the official achievement stats on DCPS that I posted?

Posted by: efavorite | October 20, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

nikon4800- GO AWAYYYYY, unless you recognize your kin-folks racist remarks!

Posted by: 0126 | October 20, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

She is going to get lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree in NJ.

Bare knuckle politics at the highest level.

She thought she got push back in DC? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

As they say...good luck with that, 'Chelle...you are gonna need it!

Posted by: keithrjackson | October 20, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

no.

Posted by: axolotl | October 20, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I will say it again, people are not giving Cliff Janey the respect he deserves for what he did before Rhee got involved. Rhee used HIS school reform plan, with Fenty's total support. She was given carte blanche to do whatever she felt was right. Rhee is not going to get that same freedom in NJ.

Janey was never afforded such latitude. Fenty fired him at 11:30 at night.

I think that if you look at the test score trends, their is significant evidence that keeping Janey in his position and giving him the power that Rhee had would have produced the same results.

Posted by: keithrjackson | October 20, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

efavorite,
tcmits couldn't handle the facts that you laid out for he/her to see.

I wonder if he/she was laughing as they typed "doing what she does best improving school systemS."

Not, I know.

Posted by: edlharris | October 20, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Eddy,

Can you handle the truth?

Who would be your number one pick to be the next supt. in the District?

Posted by: axolotl | October 20, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse


0126, you're such an ignorant race-baiting tool. But I think I know your real identity:
Malik Zulu Shabazz

Enough said.


Posted by: Nikon4800 | October 20, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

From the 5:45 update, 4th para.: "[E]ither she was misquoted, or she's had a change of heart."

Or she's just doing what she has all too frequently done: Talk out of both sides of her mouth at once, saying whatever was expedient at the moment, and hope no one would call her on it later. (Didn't work too well, did it, Michelle?)

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 20, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet the people in NJ won't whine about here cutting loose incompetent teachers.

Only in DC do they put the Unions in front of their children's best interests.

You wonder why the DC schools are so messed up? The parents in the district only need to walk into the bathroom and check the mirror for the real culprit.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Aaahhhh.....Chris Christie and Michelle Rhee.

Now there's a real match.

If this happens, and I'm not so sure it will, because it will expose Rhee more clearly for what she really is and it will make her truly subordinate to another bully, then the teachers and parents and citizens of New Jersey better be prepared to – as they say on the gridiron – "buckle up."

Should the New Jersey gig occur, it'll be a sad day for education in Garden State.

Posted by: mcrockett1 | October 20, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Please don't lionize weast. He looked the other way while the last CIO was screwing the taxpayers. At least in Oklahoma they kicked his sorry *ss out of there. They actually cared.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I will miss,Ms Rhee, because I think in time she could have made the standards of education in D.C,so much better.I moved here several years ago and was amazed at how many people in the city that are below national levels of learning.the adults in the lower wards don,t seem to understand the importants of educating the next generation for the global economy. It seems that everything is about hustle and flow,not about making a good solid living learning trades or getting into college.I have never seen so many people who find nothing to do with their lives,as the local D.C. citizens...it seems everyone hates change and if the mention of a different course of action is to be taken,that person has to go.The city has grave problems and they will not change if the citizens will not change the mind set.Ms. Rhee brought back integrity to a once proud capital city of our great nation.But I guess if you donnot speak the lingo...black brother man...and try being professional for a change..it is wrong,wrong ,wrong...I hope these kid,s future is not in jeapardy,because of foolish adults....The Concerned Citizen

Posted by: galaxy1070 | October 20, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

You are supposed to be the "D.C. Schools Insider" so why don't you return to blogging about the D.C. schools?

Look, failed DC Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee resigned and is no longer part of the D.C. school system. The voters Rhee-jected her, her masking tape, and her broom. Nobody cares where "Lordy, Miss Rhee" goes as long as she GOES.

Regarding these non-existent job offers for Rhee, let's get real: for the last time -- no big time school system in the United States has been reported to have expressed any serious interest in Rhee's services. This despite the 24/7 promotion of Rhee by the media and corporate eduprofiteers.

It is very unlikely Rhee will ever again walk back into a big time school system because the word is out on her; some say that she can't satisfy the minimum qualifications for teacher's aide in many jurisdictions, and that she could not survive any legitimate background check or vetting, see, e.g., Kevin Johnson controversies.

Stop making stuff up...and from now on NO MORE REFERENCES TO RHEE!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 20, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Rhee: "I want to go where I will have the most impact and, to me, the most radical changes can happen at the local level. That's why I am strongly considering possibilities in other districts"

Now that sounds like a well crafted message!

Note the word "possibilities." It sounds like "positions" but it isn't, so there's no evidence that she's received other job offers.

Perhaps she is fishing for other offers to turn down while signaling her preference for consulting to troubled school districts in need of her now expert advice and eager to bask in her radiance.

Posted by: efavorite | October 20, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Rhee's ex hubby or baby-daddy perceives her to be. I'm taking bets that she and KJ will not last 5 years. Her style always = marital problems and divorce, similar to the dysfunctional ongoing drama that made her DC tenure what it was.

Posted by: morrisday1 | October 20, 2010 11:42 AM"
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We have no information on this subject (of course neither does the Post) but ...

that KJ "marriage" business always sounded kinda, well, bogus. Notice the nuptials continually get moved back. Somehow you get the feeling this "marriage" narrative is tied to Rhee's earlier rescue of KJ from his school controversies in CA that were reported on everywhere except the Washington Post. LOL.

Turque, any chance you can get to the bottom of this? No? What a surprise.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 20, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"I will miss, Ms Rhee, because ....

[Racist and foolish stuff omitted]

Posted by: galaxy1070 | October 20, 2010 7:42 PM"

Just shortened it up a bit. All the best.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 20, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Bring Rhee in and Christie will be out.

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | October 20, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately she was forced on Adrian Fenty,and he bit like a fool. Who cares where she goes. Let her be Corey Booker's problem. With his same Fenty arrogance and Rhee, He will be a one time Mayor too.

Posted by: MissingDC2 | October 20, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

... a possibility for Rhee?

Head of Oprah's school in South Africa.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 20, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Galaxy1070 says, “Ms. Rhee brought back integrity to a once proud capital city of our great nation.”
Integrity? The myth-making continues. In fact, Rhee lied outright about student test scores. She told both PBS and the Washington Post that Shaw middle school’s 2009 DC-CAS scores stayed about the same, when in fact, they decreased. Both news organizations acknowledged that they misreported the information. Rhee, however, did not publicly acknowledge her error.

Check it out for yourself here:
http://learningmatters.tv/blog/on-the-newshour/michelle-rhee-in-dc-episode-10-testing-michelle-rhee/2476/comment-page-1/#comment-322
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2009/10/one_of_the_struggles_most.html

Posted by: efavorite | October 20, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

"Please don't lionize weast. He looked the other way while the last CIO was screwing the taxpayers. At least in Oklahoma they kicked his sorry *ss out of there. They actually cared."

Posted by: Skeptic1 | October 20, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Informative post based on facts! The OK City board uncovered John Q. Porter's financial conflicts and kickbacks from Wireless Generation.

http://www.koco.com/r/15121158/detail.html

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | October 20, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Who is she kidding?? KJ is a down low Bro, that will never get married to her.

Posted by: cr10 | October 20, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey is waiting for Superman also...well good luck! You're going to need it!

Posted by: RealWashingtonian1 | October 20, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Eddy,

Can you handle the truth?

Who would be your number one pick to be the next supt. in the District?

Posted by: axolotl | October 20, 2010 6:20 PM
There's an article elsewhere in the Post on a survey of students indicating that a large number (over 20%) were bullied.

I think I know what Ward9 resident axototl did when he/she was in school- a Janice Avery wannabe.

Posted by: edlharris | October 20, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

17%

Posted by: edlharris | October 20, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget axolotl likes to bully priests.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | October 20, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Please, enough already. She has resigned and good riddance to her. If some other state/locality is brave enough to tolerate the chaos, firings, with very little to show for it, good luck to them. This constant reporting on her every statement, TV appearance and PR pandering is as obnoxious as her tenure as Chancellor.

Please, let her next job be west at least west of the Rocky Mountains.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | October 21, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Bill, you really need to give us a break. One has to begin to wonder if your intent is to inflame readers. I hope your continuance at the Post does not depend on how many nasty remarks that are generated from articles. Let us move on please.

Posted by: topryder1 | October 21, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

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