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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Rhee grim-faced after Gray meeting

By Tim Craig

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee met for 90 minutes today for a “philosophical discussion” about public education but they did not talk about her future in the administration.

Gray and Rhee emerged after the highly anticipated meeting to face a throng of news cameras and reporters. Gray spoke to reporters, but a grim-faced Rhee stood to the side, refusing to answer questions or join the chairman in issuing a public statement. (Check out the video here.)

“We did not talk about Chancellor Rhee staying or going, we talked about the state of education in the city,” Gray said.

Gray called it an “excellent discussion” that largely centered around the details of the education platform he released during his campaign against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Gray stressed that he will not be making any decisions about whether he would keep Rhee as chancellor until after the Nov. 2 general election. Rhee declined to answer reporters’ questions about whether she would stay on the job if Gray asked her to.

“This was not a decision-making meeting,” said Gray, adding that they plan to meet again in a few weeks.

After Gray spoke, Rhee rushed to an elevator, but she was followed by reporters. Rhee continued to refuse to answer questions.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Tim Craig  | September 23, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Education  
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Ms. Rhee's silence speaks volumes about her [not] being a part of future DC school's educational process; of Mr. Gray's controlling behavior; and in all likelihood that he has no clue how vital it is to continue the path of educational reform that she has began and set in place within this city. What her lack of a response or refusal to make one, probably is her shock at what his proposal(s) for the educational process in his image will involve: that is to rehire all of the teachers and staff she let go and fired due to poor teaching abilities if any, not having a valid license to teach, and his willingness to sell his soul to the Black unions. DC voters voted him into office now let them feast on the fiasco that he will now create or recreate of the educational disaster Ms. Rhee inherited. It also smells like Mr. Gray and his followers only want a Black in the role of administrator and not a Korean somewhat like the issue of a Black President not tolerated by the Evangelical White Republicans although Mr. Gray is in tight with the Black clergy of DC so perhaps neither did they want Ms. Rhee as head of the DC school system. He is a disaster from the past and now the future!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | September 23, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rhee's silence speaks volumes about her [not] being a part of future DC school's educational process; of Mr. Gray's controlling behavior; and in all likelihood that he has no clue how vital it is to continue the path of educational reform that she has began and set in place within this city. What her lack of a response or refusal to make one, probably is her shock at what his proposal(s) for the educational process in his image will involve: that is to rehire all of the teachers and staff she let go and fired due to poor teaching abilities if any, not having a valid license to teach, and his willingness to sell his soul to the Black unions. DC voters voted him into office now let them feast on the fiasco that he will now create or recreate of the educational disaster Ms. Rhee inherited. It also smells like Mr. Gray and his followers only want a Black in the role of administrator and not a Korean somewhat like the issue of a Black President not tolerated by the Evangelical White Republicans although Mr. Gray is in tight with the Black clergy of DC so perhaps neither did they want Ms. Rhee as head of the DC school system. He is a disaster from the past and now the future!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | September 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That's how she always looks. However, if the discussion was about the education plan that Gray put out during his campaign, she didn't get a chance to speak and found out that the new mayor is not "dimwitted." This one can speak, write, think, and has vision. She must have been dumbfounded today.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 23, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If Rhee is not offered the opportunity to stay on, that'll be a sad day for the D.C. school system. She has been the only one that has been able to make a difference.

Posted by: shocked1 | September 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye, Ms. Rhee...You are expendable just as the hundreds that you fired! One person doesn't make a system successful!! You can carry your arrogance and inexperience elsewhere! Be thankful to the District of Columbia for raises your profile. DC taxpayers made you who you are today!! Good riddance!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | September 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

We all know why Gray won, who supported him and what is expected of him.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | September 23, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The leper colony got what it wanted.. union jobs at the expense of children.

Enjoy your thrid world status, DC, you've earned it..

/bad schools and crime!

//yay!!!

Posted by: ObamaisFraud | September 23, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like she's outta here. DC's loss. She will land on her feet and continue to make very positive contributions elsewhere.

Posted by: rfitz_511 | September 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

She looks like her ex-lax just kicked in. Oh to be a fly on that wall!!!!!

Posted by: msdooby1 | September 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

It is heartbroken to see a reformer go and a politician in. Most people she fired were deadbeats teacher who did not perform. It is sad to see a politician who won riding the resentment of fired union members and old guards. DC: do you want reform or not? There is not one (perhaps only one) decent high school a parent who care will send his/her kid to. Not even Clints and Obamas. Don't you know that or you just do not care?

A Montgomery County Resident

Posted by: timjuh | September 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

First it was "shaken." Then it was changed to "grim-faced."

I watched the video and it was neither. I saw a smiling young lady who was graciously deferring to her host and the next Mayor of DC.

Posted by: 15of18 | September 23, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Right on, timjuh! DC marches resolutely into the past. Sad, indeed.

Posted by: fgum | September 23, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she looks shaken because she now realizes Bill Gates won't be the boss of the DC school system anymore.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 23, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Vincent Gray(Marion Barry remix), meets with Michelle Rhee to discuss her future?!?. Kremlin style, we all know she's gone. Stir things up in DC schools and the outcome is predictable. Of course, the schools were BETTER in the USSR than they will ever be in DC. Question: What will happen to all those retired Montgomery County educators who re-located to DC to make things better? I guess they can now pursue more realistic goals...like peace in the Middle East or pacification of the Taliban.

Posted by: GregGrapsas | September 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

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