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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 09/20/2010

Michelle Rhee on 'Oprah' today

By Washington Post editors

Michelle Rhee will get a chance to spread her education reform gospel to an even wider audience: Rhee will appear today on "The Oprah Winfery Show" along with Bill Gates, who has made education reform a cornerstone of the foundation that bears the name of he and his wife Melinda, The Post's Mike DeBonis reports.

The show will be broadcast on WJLA, Channel 7 at 4 p.m.

Rhee has had her share of national press. She appeared on the cover of Time magazine and in countless national publications. But Oprah's show, with its millions of devoted viewers, offers her exposure to a national audience beyond the education world where her work in the District has earned her much praise and criticism.

The show will highlight the documentary “Waiting for Superman,” directed by "Inconvenient Truth" filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, who also appears on the show. The film focuses on several education reformers, including Rhee, Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone and the founders of the KIPP charter schools. The Post's Bill Turque said the film "depicts Rhee as the super-hero of 'Superman,' a combination of Wonder Woman and Xena fighting to bring the D.C. bureaucracy and Washington Teachers' Union to heel.”

By Washington Post editors  | September 20, 2010; 10:33 AM ET
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Apparently Fenty losing isn't "devastating" for Rhee's career. Self-promotion at its finest.

Posted by: Aerowaz | September 20, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Comic book heros don't work for the people. Real leadership like that of Vincent Gray will correct the misguided attempt to close Public Schools and funnel tax payers money into unregulated privately owned Charter Schools.

Posted by: bfs515 | September 20, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

*smh -people voted for VGray because they didn't like Fenty's personality. uhm, yeah, that's a good reason.

Posted by: evpoison | September 20, 2010 11:53 AM | 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.

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:00 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.

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 12:01 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 the 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 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh lawd will this saga with this woman ever end? I guess Oprah is running out of guests and she decided to bring her on the show. Wondering how Rhee will stick her foot in her mouth like she normally does on this one.

Rhee needs to enjoy the hype and milk it for all she can because it will be coming to an end in Nov.

I swear this broad makes me sick and I am soo tired of seeing and hearing about her. Poof Be Gone!!

Posted by: msruby36 | September 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Gray, should not even meet with her, tell her to just send in her Good Bye paper's.

Posted by: onesugar | September 20, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Rhee has spoken volumes about her goals by saying she won't work with Gray. It's not about the kids, it's about self-promotion.

Posted by: DCHammer | September 20, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

To evpoison: Politics is not only about getting results, but it's about building relationships, which is something that Fenty obviously didn't do in contrast to what his staff was telling him. THAT'S why he won't have a job in January.

Posted by: linroy62 | September 20, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Rhee and Blimpfrey? These two two-faced phonies should make for some laughable moments.

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

I received an email the other day that's requesting concerned parents and residents to contact Oprah and expose Michelle Rhee's child abuse incident when she was a teacher in B'more.

Please forward the message and contact Oprah; here's the link:

http://dcwtp.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/the-%E2%80%9Ccelebrated%E2%80%9D-chancellor-rhee-used-masking-tape-to-silence-her-3rd-graders-and-joked-about-it-to-dc-teachers/

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

I think it's sad that so many residents of DC put their personal feeling for Mayor Fenty and Rhee ahead of the objective facts that they have made a diffence in the city. I don't blame Rhee for not wanting to work with Gray. It is critical to have a mayor behind her that will support the hard and sometimes unpopular decisions that have to be made to better the education system in DC. Unfortunately, Rhee will probably move on now to another high profile position and DC will likely fall back into old ways.

Posted by: SweetieJ | September 20, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I just went on Oprah's website and you can post comments about Rhee & "Waiting for Superman" :

http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Waiting-for-Superman-The-Movie-That-Can-Transform-Americas-Schools

Please pass this on

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee on 'Oprah' today = spin control on her carreer... Nothing Else

Posted by: dc4life | September 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's Fenty's turn to say,
"The Bit** set me up!" He's home crying and she is continuing to be a self promoted celebrity. What a sucker he has been! At his demise, she launches her lie-paved platform.

Posted by: candycane1 | September 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@Aerowaz- you hit it on the nail. Rhee is not concerned about the children of DCPS and has already moved on, figuratively (for now).

Posted by: mselmo32 | September 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Oprah? How the heck did this woman get so many inroads to the media? It's a good thing she's retiring. Now she can spend all of her time on her new career in Hollywood (close enough to Sacramento) and she won't have to spend any more time doing annoying school administration nonsense.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 20, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Trust me, her career will be fine. Like I've said in another post, she is very competitive in the open market. Unfortunately the same can not be said about a couple of generations of DC residents that have been let down by DCPS.

Geoffrey Canada for Chancellor, that would be great.

Posted by: delray | September 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

@candicane1

I guess it's Fenty's turn to say,
"The Bit** set me up!" He's home crying and she is continuing to be a self promoted celebrity. What a sucker he has been! At his demise, she launches her lie-paved platform.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You certainly have a flare for the dramatic. There is obviously nothing self-serving about anything you and union do. I do have a good idea though, as far as "experience" is concerned, put Randi and her six months of teaching and Rhee and her couple of years of teaching to work in the DC school system. Or maybe at a KIPP school.

Posted by: delray | September 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@delray - Yeah because she is responsible for letting down "a couple generations of DC residents" since being school Chancellor for what, 3 years?

Posted by: VarlyisNarly | September 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Man, the hatred for this woman is boundless. She had to break a lot china to make changes that were long overdue at a school system that had failed thousands of young people. The adults involved did not want be held accountable and were content to keep their pay checks alive for zero performance. Now, you voted, again, for the false promise of Hope & Change. Another sad day for the kids.

Posted by: TheDubb | September 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of Michelle Rhee as fast as you can. The ego of this lady is amazing. Let her do her number somewhere else, anywhere out of DC.

Let her take that broom from the newsweek cover and fly somewhere on it.

Posted by: peterdc | September 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

If this election was really about Ms. Rhee and her "approach", that saddens me greatly. Shouldn't our schools be about achieving results for our young people? As the parent of a small child, I expect teachers to be held accountable for their performance. I am at my job and expect all of you are as well. Granted, there are always things beyond the teachers control that impact results but if we all lived in a world of non-accountability, I think we would be in grave trouble.

Bottom line for me is this, have the measures of school/student success moved in a positive direction or not? If the answer is yes and this election was a referendum on school performance, I am at a loss to explain how this result came to be...

Posted by: HRGuy17 | September 20, 2010 1:06 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 1:13 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 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"If the answer is yes and this election was a referendum on school performance, I am at a loss to explain how this result came to be..."

Amen brother. It is nothing short of amazing that this urban experiment called the "Michelle Rhee Reforms DC Public School System Experiment" has resulted in the constituents who will benefit the most from her work voting her out by voting Fenty out.

This MUST have been a well thought out conspiracy to keep the citizens of DC down by "tricking" the majority into voting Fenty out! It makes perfect sense doesn't it?,..think about it,...With Rhee gone, the children will be less educated and easier to keep down for generations to come. That was genius!

Throw the parents a bone and let incompetent teachers stick around, thus keeping the majority satisfied short term, (you know, the DC public school system is a cash cow for the incompetent!)...meanwhile, the long standing pattern of uneducated, poor performing students is solidified into perpetuity!

Are we sure the Federal City Council is not behind these election results? After all, if the playing feild was leveled for inner-city youth, that would mean less for the already wealthy right? What's that old saying about "bamboozel me twice, shame on me?"

Posted by: IgnorantPeopleofDC | September 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I received an email the other day that's requesting concerned parents and residents to contact Oprah and expose Michelle Rhee's child abuse incident when she was a teacher in B'more.

Please forward the message and contact Oprah; here's the link:

http://dcwtp.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/the-%E2%80%9Ccelebrated%E2%80%9D-chancellor-rhee-used-masking-tape-to-silence-her-3rd-graders-and-joked-about-it-to-dc-teachers/

------------
FYI,

I just visited Oprah's website and you can post comments about Rhee & "Waiting for Superman" :

http://www.oprah.com/showinfo/Waiting-for-Superman-The-Movie-That-Can-Transform-Americas-Schools

Please pass this on

Posted by: GoldCoast | September 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Rhee has been a great reformer. She is the ONLY chancellor who has done ANYTHING in the last four decades ...which is apparently why many do not like her. She will be replaced by someone who does NOTHING and those who dislike Rhee will love this next one. It is sad that we in DC are steering back to the usual ...spending more money per student than any other school system in the nation and having the lowest performing students of any school system in the nation. People here also balk at tests which measure things like being able to read or perform very simple arithmetic ...skills that don't seem to matter to many DC voters. I firmly believe that Rhee is basically hated by two groups: unionized ineffective teachers and parents who take comfort in blaming their childrens' failures on a failing school system. If their children could not cut it in a fixed system, they might have to start blaming that person in the mirror.

Posted by: bbc2 | September 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Rhee is an amazing figure in the K-12 education space, and has been for quite some time.

The infamous DC school district needed (and continues to need) a lot of fixing and she made very good progress thus far.

It will certainly be DC's loss (at the hand of Fenty and lazy unions) should she be forced leave her DC post.

Wonder what else in DC will start moving backwards again...

Posted by: SamRon1 | September 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Rhee is an amazing figure in the K-12 education space, and has been for quite some time.

The infamous DC school district needed (and continues to need) a lot of fixing and she made very good progress thus far.

It will certainly be DC's loss (at the hand of Vincent Gray and lazy unions) should she be forced leave her DC post.

Wonder what else in DC will start moving backwards again...

Posted by: SamRon1 | September 20, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

And PS, Rhee's not retiring for long.
She has had multiple job offers from various large school districts, consulting agencies, the Gates Foundation, governments, etc. her entire career.

Please don't be in denial of how awful DC schools and unions are nor in denial of the renowned Change Agent (Rhee) we had in place to fix things.

Posted by: SamRon1 | September 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

——————————————

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The major problem with Rhee is that she tried to change DCPS from being a welfare system for adults to an education system for the children.

The audacity of this woman trying to turn the school system into something for children is just beyond belief.

Posted by: streff | September 20, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy
HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

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

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy
HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

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

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy
HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

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

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy
HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

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

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The fear tactics continue. I start to wonder whether the union activists and tea party activists have gone to the same school of propaganda. Claim to be poor, abused and disenfranchised.

Posted by: delray | September 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s ongoing corrupt connection with thugster/henchman/impresario Ron Moten and millions of dollars of no-bid city contracst, including with DCPS schools ! ) =>

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceaholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as 14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin and Chief Groomes make them disappear…and in return DC government continues to feed the Peaceholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen:

Mr. Barry who is an employee of he Peaceholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also alledgedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceaholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceaholics to assault our students? This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports. ==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

=======

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

=======

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Good for her, to get a national platform. She will do great, of course, as she's a smart and competent professional with common sense and the guts to call BS when she sees it. We need more people like her at all levels of government, willing to get things done instead of trying to please everybody.

Her departure will be a big loss for DC. And yes, nobody is indispensable, but before she came along our schools didn't have a chance in hell. Now watch how Gray once again sets course for the slippery slope in order to appease his constituents (who don't seem to care if graduating from a district high school only qualifies you to work in fast food.)

Fasten your seat belts-- we are going down.

Posted by: alarico | September 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How soon can she leave?

Posted by: blasmaic | September 20, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, DC schools were horrible before Rhee and Fenty came into power. They have gotten better despite the back-biting and resistance from the old DC establishment. We are now at a crossroads - do we go back to the old, ineffective, child-damaging ways of the past, or do we insist that school improvement efforts continue under Gray?

Posted by: onmyhonor | September 20, 2010 2:21 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 2:24 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

==========


Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

All DC residents have ever wanted was a super hero that caters to what they want when ever they change their minds. All DC ever needed was someone to make decisions that no one else (including it mayors)had the balls to make. DC now has more white families relocating to the area with families and children. Good parents relocate to an area that would be beneficial to their children. Rhee has been doing her job, if she wasn't then the schools would still be some crap. The schools have improved. They didn't get crappy overnight so it won't be over night until they are fixed, but so far so good. Redskins rolled with the team at its lowest point, but this woman is trying to save our kids but can't get ANY support. That's freaking sad. Support a shytty team, but no someone helping your kids. WOW DC you never let me down. Crappy schools, daily shootouts and shady ass politicians same old DC.

Posted by: neashastephens36 | September 20, 2010 2:29 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 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 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@delray: Your attack is meaningless. I do not belong to WTU but I am very happy as a DC taxpayer and voter about the result of the mayoral race and what it may further imply to structuring a reform effort that is sustainable. If you don't like my humor or as you call it my flair for the dramatic, then don't read what I write. Since this is the second time you have chased me on a blog, I obviously have your attention, but you are free to change that

Posted by: candycane1 | September 20, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I guess the disher can't take it. Not surprised. I guess when humor is used against humor it isn't taken to well. Yawn. I guess we have each others attention.

Posted by: delray | September 20, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s ongoing corrupt connection with thugster/henchman/impresario Ron Moten and millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts, including with DCPS schools ! ) =>

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceaholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as 14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin and Chief Groomes make them disappear…and in return DC government continues to feed the Peaceholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

Mr. Barry who is an employee of he Peaceholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also alledgedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceaholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceaholics to assault our students? This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

=======

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

=======

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

---------------

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

DC schools will suffer a serious setback if Michelle Rhee decides to leave their school system. Unless of course she is replaced by someone with a similar phlosophy. Gone are the days when we used to cringe at the beginning of the school year wondering if the children will have the bare necessities for school much less meet the academic achievements enjoyed by neighboring localities such as schools in Montgomery and Fairfax county. I think she has made huge improvements to the schools system and wish she would stay and continue to clean house. In this global market, it is very simple minded of us to think that our children should continue to stay at the bottom of the barrel. Kudos Ms. Rhee!!

Posted by: mom2mmk | September 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s ongoing corrupt connection with thugster-henchman-wannabe impresario Ron Moten and millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts, including with DCPS schools ! ) =>

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceaholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as 14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin make them disappear…and in return DC government continues to feed the Peaceholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

Mr. Barry who is an employee of he Peaceholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also alledgedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceaholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceaholics to assault our students? This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:46 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 2:48 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 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee, -- incompetent DCPS "chancellor"
(note: unqualified for employment
as a school district superintendent)

U.S. Department of Justice
CHANNING D. PHILLIPS
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Judiciary Center 555 Fourth St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530
PRESS RELEASE:

“Peaceaholic” Mentor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
of 15-year-old Spingarn Student

WASHINGTON – Today, a 50-year-old Oxon Hill, MD man, Barry Harrison, was found guilty by a D.C. Superior Court jury of one count of Enticing a Minor with aggravating circumstances, three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, and one count of Misdemeanor Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, for the April 14, 2009, assault on a fifteen-year-old student at Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast Washington, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips. Harrison is scheduled to be sentenced on November 13, 2009, by Superior Court Judge Michael L. Rankin, and, because of sentencing enhancements due to previous felony convictions, faces up to 30 years each for the enticing and second degree child sex abuse convictions. The government’s evidence at trial established that the defendant had been assigned as a mentor to Spingarn Senior High School by a community group called “Peaceaholics, Inc.” That group, staffed largely by ex-offenders, provided mentoring services to at-risk students in several D.C. Public High Schools. At the time of the offense, the defendant was on parole for murder. Prior to the offense, the defendant made several sexually suggestive statements to the victim, as well as to three other girls who were also Spingarn students. The defendant told one of the other students, who testified at trial, that he wanted to speak with her privately where they could not be seen by school surveillance cameras. On April 14, 2009, the defendant told the 15-year-old victim that he needed to speak to her. The defendant took the victim to a basement stairwell of the school that lacked a surveillance camera. There, the defendant grabbed the victim’s buttocks, pulled her up against his body and forced her hand to touch his erect penis. The victim ran away and immediately reported the incident."

view document =>
http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/Press_Releases/2009%20Archives/September/09-217.pdf

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee, -- incompetent DCPS "chancellor"
(note: unqualified for employment
as a school district superintendent)

U.S. Department of Justice
CHANNING D. PHILLIPS
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Judiciary Center 555 Fourth St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530
PRESS RELEASE:

“Peaceaholic” Mentor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
of 15-year-old Spingarn Student

WASHINGTON – Today, a 50-year-old Oxon Hill, MD man, Barry Harrison, was found guilty by a D.C. Superior Court jury of one count of Enticing a Minor with aggravating circumstances, three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, and one count of Misdemeanor Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, for the April 14, 2009, assault on a fifteen-year-old student at Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast Washington, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips. Harrison is scheduled to be sentenced on November 13, 2009, by Superior Court Judge Michael L. Rankin, and, because of sentencing enhancements due to previous felony convictions, faces up to 30 years each for the enticing and second degree child sex abuse convictions. The government’s evidence at trial established that the defendant had been assigned as a mentor to Spingarn Senior High School by a community group called “Peaceaholics, Inc.” That group, staffed largely by ex-offenders, provided mentoring services to at-risk students in several D.C. Public High Schools. At the time of the offense, the defendant was on parole for murder. Prior to the offense, the defendant made several sexually suggestive statements to the victim, as well as to three other girls who were also Spingarn students. The defendant told one of the other students, who testified at trial, that he wanted to speak with her privately where they could not be seen by school surveillance cameras. On April 14, 2009, the defendant told the 15-year-old victim that he needed to speak to her. The defendant took the victim to a basement stairwell of the school that lacked a surveillance camera. There, the defendant grabbed the victim’s buttocks, pulled her up against his body and forced her hand to touch his erect penis. The victim ran away and immediately reported the incident."

view document =>
http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/Press_Releases/2009%20Archives/September/09-217.pdf

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 2:59 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 3:00 PM | Report abuse

All these folks on here hating on Rhee WOW.. love her or hate her she made great strides in the school system, sure she made mistakes but no worse than anyone before that ran the DC school system to the ground.. She should NOT have to court teacher's unions, they are there to educate our kids period. Don't like it then leave. I would not call her a superhero but I would consider putting my child back into a public school if she sticks around. And for self promotion, why not it's what we all do when it comes to our careers, the difference here is she actually delivers. I can see a lot of special interest and union folks on here but the bottom line is that the school system was finally starting to see the light.

Posted by: anialw | September 20, 2010 3:14 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 3:18 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 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy
HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"The major problem with Rhee is that she tried to change DCPS from being a welfare system for adults to an education system for the children."

Amen again my brother!

As I mentioned before, this is a conspiracy to maintain that so called "welfare" system for adults (a.k.a. culture/way of life). You see, its easier for "the man" to pay out a few teachers $40,000 a piece, and bunch of citizens some welfare money than it is to share a piece of the "real pie" with the citizens.

Think about it,...throw em a few teacher jobs, keep the rest on welfare,...continue to keep the thousands and thousands of children in the DC public school system uneducated and unable to compete,...then "the man" and his people can continue to have the rest of the huge economic pie.

Tell me that does not make sense? Keep 95% of the pie for yourself, give 5% to the citizens that you want to keep down just to keep them from starving and rioting,...there you have a system that keeps the young folks uneductaed, and therefore eradicates the only chance of a better future for the people.

I am telling you, "the man" has got it all figured out. And believe it or not, this conspiracy worked like a charm! "The man" and his people will keep their 95% forever - and our people will just keep on taking what the man gives us - which is a few bread crumbs - and we'll take it because we don't know any better and don't want to make the tough decisions or the sacrifices that it takes to make a significant positive change!!!

Posted by: IgnorantPeopleofDC | September 20, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Losing Rhee is bad for DC kids period. To bring about change you have to make unpopular decisions. Vance does not have the balls to do this. He will do nothing and DC school kids will lose. Only reason Vance won over Fenty is because Fenty was not black enough. Even though everyone agrees Fenty did a great job.

Posted by: gaumab | September 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s ongoing corrupt connection with thugster-henchman-wannabe impresario Ron Moten and millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts, including with DCPS schools ! ) =>

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceaholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as 14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin make them disappear…and in return DC government continues to feed the Peaceholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

"Mr. (Barry) Harrison who is an employee of he Peaceoholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also allegedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceaholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceaholics to assault our students?"
This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee, -- incompetent DCPS "chancellor"
(note: she is not qualified for employment
as a school district superintendent)

U.S. Department of Justice
CHANNING D. PHILLIPS
Acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Judiciary Center 555 Fourth St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530
PRESS RELEASE:

“Peaceaholic” Mentor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault
of 15-year-old Spingarn Student

WASHINGTON – Today, a 50-year-old Oxon Hill, MD man, Barry Harrison, was found guilty by a D.C. Superior Court jury of one count of Enticing a Minor with aggravating circumstances, three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, and one count of Misdemeanor Child Sexual Abuse with aggravating circumstances, for the April 14, 2009, assault on a fifteen-year-old student at Spingarn Senior High School in Northeast Washington, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips. Harrison is scheduled to be sentenced on November 13, 2009, by Superior Court Judge Michael L. Rankin, and, because of sentencing enhancements due to previous felony convictions, faces up to 30 years each for the enticing and second degree child sex abuse convictions. The government’s evidence at trial established that the defendant had been assigned as a mentor to Spingarn Senior High School by a community group called “Peaceoholics, Inc.” That group, staffed largely by ex-offenders, provided mentoring services to at-risk students in several D.C. Public High Schools. At the time of the offense, the defendant was on parole for murder. Prior to the offense, the defendant made several sexually suggestive statements to the victim, as well as to three other girls who were also Spingarn students. The defendant told one of the other students, who testified at trial, that he wanted to speak with her privately where they could not be seen by school surveillance cameras. On April 14, 2009, the defendant told the 15-year-old victim that he needed to speak to her. The defendant took the victim to a basement stairwell of the school that lacked a surveillance camera. There, the defendant grabbed the victim’s buttocks, pulled her up against his body and forced her hand to touch his erect penis. The victim ran away and immediately reported the incident."

view document =>
http://www.justice.gov/usao/dc/Press_Releases/2009%20Archives/September/09-217.pdf

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

Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee’s
ongoing CORRUPT connection with thugster-
henchman-wannabe impresario Ron Moten
and
millions of dollars of no-bid city contracts,
including with DCPS schools ! =>

Can we perhaps get the City Council to do an investigation behind exactly what goes on with Ron Moten and his Peaceoholics organization in DC Public Schools. Several, and I mean several, of Moten’s Peaceoholics ADULT employees have engaged in sex with female DC Public School students as young as 14 years old, some of these teenage girls have children with these men as well. Much of Moten’s staff consists of convicted felons: rapists, drug dealers and murders. When allegations are brought to the attention of school principals or MPD, the Fenty admin make them disappear…and in return DC government continues to feed the Peaceoholics piggy bank.

Concerned Citizen writes:

"Mr. (Barry) Harrison who is an employee of he Peaceoholics sexually assaulted a female student at Spingarn High School. I am not going to say alledged because he has been arrested. He also allegedly proposed at least six other young ladies. This is not the end. Mr. Barry, is an ex-con who spent 22 years in prison for MURDER. Yea MURDER! This is what Mayor Fenty and Michelle Rhee allows in our school. No background check done per the policy of DCPS. THe Peaceoholics have free run of the school. They were dismissed from the school the same day of the assault. Similar allegations have been made at other schools. Why does the district continue to allow the Peaceoholics to assault our students?"
This story can be verified by legal documents, court records, and prior news reports.
==>
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803045.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/05/06/peaceoholics-took-betts-suspects-on-retreat/

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Fenty-backer-in-line-for-no-bid-contract-498482-100810519.html

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that the majority of dc residents who support Rhee does not a child in enrolled in DCPS. My mother received a letter stating that my sister's teacher does not have her accredition. DCPS enrollment has been decreasing while charter schools' enrollment is increasing. Wow I think Rhee is doing a great job. Child please. Next....

Posted by: lemonadestand | September 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Rhee-form, edu-profiteers & sleazy HYPOCRISY:

What was political concubine
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/

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

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that the majority of dc residents who support Rhee does not a child in enrolled in DCPS. My mother received a letter stating that my sister's teacher does not have her accredition. DCPS enrollment has been decreasing while charter schools' enrollment is increasing. Wow I think Rhee is doing a great job. Child please. Next....

Posted by: lemonadestand | September 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"People are not 'working together to make sure Rhee sticks around' because she is an awful school superintendent. She can not differentiate between the truth and its opposite. She is all about self-promotion and personal gain, and she does not care one whit whether students succeed… except as it may be spun for her own personal benefit. She has proven again and again that she does not understand how to be a leader who can motivate teachers and students to achieve at their highest levels, and she has waged personal vendettas against anyone who has opposed her policies and practices.
I am sure I have left out a few reasons why stakeholders do not rally round Rhee. But basically it comes down to this: people do not rally round those who neither respect them nor treat them in an honest, straightforward manner. Most especially, people do not rally round people who are ready to step all over them in order to promote themselves. Rhee has been all about self-promotion and does not deserve support."
Read more
insightful commentary about
the real Michelle Rhee ==>
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/more-great-comments/

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly, Ms. Rhee (in her own words to the news media) is currently away out of town on her (sic) "pre-honeymoon", whatever that is, because her Sacramento wedding had been previously abruptly postponed -- leaving the rashly, suddenly last-minute DIS-invited (un-invited), disrespected guests to cough up money (ie. cancellation fees & airplane fare / car rental costs) for prior-booked travel plans. Where in the world is NON-superintendent Michelle Rhee ? Very Obviously -- Written communiques & "Interviews" published by complicit media (newspapers, websites, MSNBC, ABC, etc.) these past few days -- which are supposedly coming from Ms. Rhee are actually being produced by Ms. Rhee's public relations shills (staff & consultants, such as Anita Dunn, along with emergency P.R. assistance from Eli Broad's & Bill Gates' entourage, et. al.) 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 -- as documented by U.S. Govt. Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Watch your step and your mouth --- try to think before you speak --- Ms. Rhee, Non-superintendent !

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 3:57 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 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 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@lemonadestand,

That's the point. Rhee can be demonized for closing neighborhood schools, which is antique in itself, but the reason she had to close them is because charter enrollment is up. Charter enrollment is up because parents finally realized an alternative. I would venture to say that a majority of charter teachers and administrators support Rhee. Though Gray has done an excellent job by stating that charters will be the center of his education plan and has even gone so far as to say that charters will be funded by the city at the same levels as public schools (just ask his Ed Team that consists of Josh Kern from Thurgood Marshall charter school and Ariana Quinones who is from Friends of Choice in Urban Schools). We could have a New Orleans situation on our hands in which a majority of children go to charters; I would have no problem with that.

Posted by: delray | September 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Supposedly, Ms. Rhee (in her own words to the news media) is currently away out of town on her (sic) "pre-honeymoon", whatever that is, because her Sacramento wedding had been previously abruptly postponed -- leaving the rashly, suddenly last-minute DIS-invited (un-invited), disrespected guests to cough up money (ie. cancellation fees & airplane fare / car rental costs) for prior-booked travel plans.
Where in the world is NON-superintendent Michelle Rhee ?

Very Obviously -- Written communiques & "Interviews" published by complicit media (newspapers, websites, MSNBC, ABC, etc.) these past few days -- which are supposedly coming from Ms. Rhee are actually being produced by Ms. Rhee's public relations shills (staff & consultants, such as Anita Dunn, along with emergency P.R. assistance from Eli Broad's & Bill Gates' entourage, et. al.)

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 -- as documented by U.S. Govt. Inspector General
Gerald Walpin.

Watch your step and your mouth --- try to think before you speak --- Ms. Rhee, Non-superintendent !

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

not correct @linroy62. Mayor Fenty will get a BETTER job than being mayor of a city of foools (the majority) searching for a MarionBarry-butt-kisser type.

Posted by: evpoison | September 20, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Everyone assumes that if you start firing people that the policy is correct. To be sure, there are some teachers and educators Rhee fired may have deserved to be fired, but the fired teacher pool often includes many who did not deserve to be fired. Rhee has been given sole credit for all improvements in the school system when the previous administration had begun the process. Parents and citizens of DC want to improve our schools but some of Rhee's supporters confuse her style of leadership as success. As a resident in the city for 35 years, I will not vote for any candidate for mayor who intends to retain Rhee.

Posted by: lec2 | September 20, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"I find it funny that the majority of dc residents who support Rhee does not a child in enrolled in DCPS." - lemonadestand

"Next,..." is right!

The "already affluent" won't put their kids in DCPS because their well-educated-behinds know that to put their kids in that system would DECREASE their own kid's chances of competing for jobs in this world, of being successful, realizing their dreams, making money, etc, etc.

Second, the "already affluent" have the money and wherewithal to choose and pursue an alternative to the DCPS - private school, charter school, or move out of DC and into a "affluent"/a.k.a. good public school system.

The "majority" in DC find it logical (through a seemingly flawed value system) that their kids are better off in keeping the status quo in a failed school system that the "affluent" parents will not dare put their kids into.

The "majority" in DC fail to comprehend that good executives (like MAYOR FENTY & MICHELLE RHEE) are leaders that don't give a rat's behind what the status quo thinks. Ask Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple if he spends a lot of time listening and considering the wants and needs of people stuck in "old technology". Ask Bill Gates (you know, the guys who has handed over billions of dollars to failing public school systems across the country), if he was worried about what old farts on typewriters said when he was developing and selling PCs and Windows.

Just think about how stupid that would be if Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were stopped in their technological tracks because the uneducated, old school, last-to-adopt crowd got to choose their destinies and the destinies of the rest of the world that they influenced?

Posted by: IgnorantPeopleofDC | September 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

dcpsparent :
re: Michelle Rhee's "mom friendly" comment, prepared specifically for the Oprah show, about moms not tolerating mediocre teachers being given time to grow and develop professionally. ------- Well,,,,,The unqualified, needing-to-grow-professionally, TFA principal that Rhee PUSHED on our school, despite protests from a panel of engaged, informed, truly progressive, professional educators and parents with advanced degrees in education . . . hired and protected even more inexperienced, unqualified teachers who will take YEARS to develop into true professionals. But the principal and those teachers all know how to say "yes" to their boss. Too bad they don't know the basics of how children learn, or the nuances of curriculum and instruction. It is hard, hard work indeed to have to reprogram my kids every day after school, to get them to embrace and understand learning again. Rhee's influential, BAD decisions and practices, more than ANY OTHER failure of the DC Public School system, has me on the verge of pulling my kids out of school. Rhee embarrassed herself mightily at the DC screening of this film with her comment insulting DC voters. My kids, and the 350 others in their school, will not be devastated at all when she leaves. We assume she will head to the business world for which she may have more appropriate skills."

Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

dcpsparent :
re: Michelle Rhee's "mom friendly" comment,
prepared specifically for the Oprah show, about moms
not tolerating mediocre teachers being given time to grow
and develop professionally. -------
Well....... The unqualified, needing-to-grow-professionally, TFA principal that Rhee PUSHED on our school, despite protests from a panel of engaged, informed, truly progressive, professional educators and parents with advanced degrees in education . . . hired and protected even more inexperienced, unqualified teachers who will take YEARS to develop into true professionals. But the principal and those teachers all know how to say "yes" to their boss. Too bad they don't know the basics
of how children learn, or the nuances of curriculum and instruction. It is hard, hard work indeed to have to reprogram my kids every day after school, to get them to embrace and understand learning again. Rhee's influential, BAD decisions and practices, more than ANY OTHER failure of the DC Public School system, has me on the verge of pulling my kids out of school. Rhee embarrassed herself mightily at the DC screening of this film with her comment insulting DC voters. My kids, and the
350 others in their school, will not be devastated at all when
she leaves. We assume she will head to the business world for which she may have more appropriate skills."

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"They have gotten better despite the back-biting and resistance from the old DC establishment."

I think a lot of people would disagree with that.

Posted by: educationlover54 | September 20, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"People are not 'working together to make sure Rhee sticks around' because she is an awful school superintendent. She can not differentiate between the truth and its opposite. She is all about self-promotion and personal gain, and she does not care one whit whether students succeed… except as it may be spun for her own personal benefit. She has proven again and again that she does not understand how to be a leader who can motivate teachers and students to achieve at their highest levels, and she has waged personal vendettas against anyone who has opposed her policies and practices.
I am sure I have left out a few reasons why stakeholders do not rally round Rhee. But basically it comes down to this: people do not rally round those who neither respect them nor treat them in an honest, straightforward manner. Most especially, people do not rally round people who are ready to step all over them in order to promote themselves. Rhee has been all about self-promotion and does not deserve support."
Read more
insightful commentary
about the real Michelle Rhee ==>
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/more-great-comments/

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Posted by: honestaction | September 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"honestaction" you either work for the teacher's union or the Gray campaign and it's real obvious.

DCPS was a complete disaster pre Michelle Rhee. The so-called "experts" had run the system for years, with not only no success but actually harming kids prospects in life.

Incompetence like that and outright betraying of the public trust isn't corrected without bruising feelings that are overdue to be bruised. Rhee turned over a few tables and upset the status quo and got results.

The result of this is that the status quo composed of teachers unions fought back with 1 million to Gray's campaign. So they've bought him lock stock and barrel.
He's not going to initiate any serious reform. He's wholly owned.

Blacks in DC got so hung up on Rhee's race, the race of other Fenty appointees, not being "respected" and weird conspiracy theories that they lost track of the key goal, which is to really uplift those in poor wards by providing a decent education.

So for the kids of DCPS it's back to the bad old days of incompetence and a system set up for job protection for adults. The kids be damned.

Posted by: getreal17 | September 21, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

First all of the teachers know who the hard working ones are. They know who are competent and which principals are leaders.

The rest need to get another job or work on their skills because I don't want my child learning from a teacher that doesn't have a lesson plan nor respect of their peers. Now these sub-par teachers are going to moan and stomp their feet.

The residents of DC need to really look into the Union and see if their children should be stuck with the Union system of weeding out poor talented teachers. Really, two years for tenure? What a joke!

I have no patience for lazy, unmotivated, uninspiring teachers!

I am not saying all teachers are lazy--but even the worst staffs know they don't have the talent they should.

Posted by: helllo1 | September 21, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

oh yeah, honestaction, good luck with "reprogramming" your students every day. I am sure your hard, hard work is paying dividends for your students being prepared for college. If all of the Union teachers with all of their experience and hard hard work is failing the students, then maybe we need to look at the teachers.

I say place a small camera (CCTV) in each classroom. Then record what happens in the class. Teachers will know and students will know that they are being taped. Then these tapes can be used for dismissing or rewarding staff. The inspiring teachers will embrace this for their hard hard work will be recognized. The less talented teachers will lash out and see that they are not exposed (sound familiar-honestaction).

I am sure the Unions will love this. This will show the principal, the board and the world how great their Union teaching core is and it will upgrade their ranks with people that perform in the class, right? What... the Union won't like this since it has to save all of their members' jobs even if they are ineffective teachers?

The Unions had their day last century. Their interests are truly not the same as the students' best interest.

Posted by: helllo1 | September 21, 2010 3:18 AM | Report abuse

While I wholeheartedly agree that the state of DC Public schools pre-Rhee was disgraceful from my personal experience as a DCPS teacher I don't see how they have gotten much better. I worked hard and my students test scores improved, but that was because of my co-teacher and myself and NOT Michelle Rhee. How did she improve my school when my classroom went from 15 children per class to 35 middle school aged children in one room(!)because she closed two other schools in the neighborhood? How did she improve my school when I was 10 textbooks short for the entire year?! How did my school improve when she hired two completely ineffective administrators from New Leaders For New Schools who had EXTREMELY poor management skills? How did she improve my school when children came to me on a daily basis complaining that they no longer felt safe at school (a direct result of the incompetence of the administrators' Rhee put in place)? When Special Education teachers had to teach a general classroom because there were not enough teachers hired to cover the increased number of students causing many students with special need to not receive services for half of the school year? When the administrators she hired removed most of the African American teachers (especially men who served for years as positive role models for our young black boys) and replaced them with mostly young white teachers in a school with ZERO white students? I could go on but I think I have made my point.

I do not like Michelle Rhee and contrary to popular beliefs about those who do not support the Chancellor, I was not an under preforming teacher (I increased test scores consistently the years I spent at DCPS) nor am I one of the "parents who take comfort in blaming their childrens' failures on a failing school system," as bb2 put it. I am someone who saw first hand the inconsistencies between what Rhee puts out to the national media and what happened in my school.

My wish for the future of DCPS is real reform and collaboration and a Chancellor who is less concerned with going on Oprah and more concerned about paying attention to what is really going on in our schools. The fact that she stated she would not work with Gray is proof positive that she is not in it for the kids. It shouldn't matter if she believes that Gray would make her job more difficult, she should want to stay and do whatever it takes to get the best results for our students.

Posted by: Truman4 | September 22, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Vince Gray might have been the popular choice, but he's not the right choice for DC school system. Rhee made some much needed changes, with the getting rid of teachers who didn't cut the mustard. Instead of most agreeing, it appears the some in the Teacher's Union and others who stand the benefit personally could care less about the low educational standards, high dropout rates (especially for DC African Americans), and the need enhance the quality of the educational system. I'm absolutely amazed to see so many African American parents fighting to keep unmotivated/unprepared teachers on the payroll; fighting against tougher educational stardards; and worst--fighting those who want to reform the system for the better. The lack of a good education prepares our young men and women for failure to compete for the best jobs, and become productive members of society. Instead, they end up dead, being added to an overflowing prison population, or worst uneducated and relying on Government handouts to survive. Sometimes the will of a few self-centered individuals end up hurting the masses most in need of help...the school children of DC. I visualize the hard fought gains won over the last few years will quickly evaporate and DC school system will revert back to being the mess it was a few years ago. How sad!!!

Posted by: larrydavis2 | September 22, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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