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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Michelle Rhee to speak in Denver

By Associated Press

A prominent proponent of education reform is speaking in Denver.

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is set to speak to the Donnell-Kay Foundation on Monday.

Rhee has been featured on "Oprah" and in Newsweek magazine for her aggressive efforts to improve schools.

She stepped down from D.C.'s schools in October after a polarizing three years in that job. Hundreds of teachers and principals were fired.

Rhee now heads a school improvement group called StudentsFirst that aims to raise $1 billion.

By Associated Press  | December 13, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Education  
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Who give a happy f--k. She will continue to promote her lies.

Do we really need to know her every move?

Posted by: guylady201001 | December 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Hundreds of teachers and principals were fired" by Rhee. How is that education reform? Rhee was great at getting her name in the papers and her face on TV, but i don't see where she did any real or substantial reform.

I've read a few interesting stories on education in the Post recently. In one, parents were bringing their infants to elementary schools to help teach empathy to students and results from the program show a significant reduction in bullying amongsts the kids in the program.

I also read about reading centers hidden behind creative storefronts like "the museum of Un-Natural History" or Pirate Supply Store, etc.

It is those type of innovative programs that deserve a billion dollars. They practice real education reform.

Rhee just wants to be a celebrity.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 13, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rhee doubtless has some good ideas. However, as a manager, she was akin to "Chain Al" who ran Sunbeam appliances into the ground. I served under Colin Powell, and I would advise Ms. Rhee to study his leadership principles. (I work for the US State Department.) Ms. Rhee is the sort of leader who "shoots" her employees in the back. It violates basic principles of the USMC or any other group which advocates teamwork. My family has served this country since the Battle of Lexington, and left bodies at Gettysburg and Normandy. "Colonel Rhee" is not equipped to lead anyone anywhere.

Posted by: Dave115 | December 13, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

One other comment, from a parent of two adults: children model what they see. Ms. Rhee's educational approach involves inexperienced teachers running twice as fast on the treadmill, missing valuable life lessons. There's no wisdom. The kids quickly intuit that, in Ms. Rhee's world, adult worklife is a sweatshop. Ms. Rhee runs her mouth, and others must run at double-speed for low wages. Has it come to this? Ms. Rhee's formula calls for training a massive underclass with no dreams, only bullying, slogans, and survival.

Posted by: Dave115 | December 13, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Denver can have her.

Posted by: candycane1 | December 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Why on earth is the Post printing every move Michelle Rhee is making now that she is no longer the head of the DC Public Schools? NO ONE HAD EVER HEARD OF HER BEFORE SHE TOOK THE ONLY JOB SHE HAS EVER HAD AS HEAD OF A SCHOOL SYSTEM OR AS A CEO OF ANYTHING BEFORE, so why would we still be interested in her every move. I do hope she gets a real job somewhere else very soon because I still do not believe that she could run anything well, least of all any major school system. She is a businesswoman and should stick to corporate business, not community school systems. The DC Public Schools are still a grand mess and I don't know that these charter schools are all a good improvement for the entire operation of the school system because it seems to have fragmented it more than ever.

Posted by: hotezzy | December 13, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Teamwork and loyalty are admirable qualities, however they should not be held up for their sake alone. If you need to clean house and fire hundreds of people then do it. Sure we probably lost some good teachers and administrators but how many are out there where you're thinking, "We'll never touch them, they're tenured".

Not everyone is going to be happy and I'm not saying her vision is the right one. But no one else is making those tough decisive moves. I think most people agree that the current education system needs work and you're not going to get anything done by trying to protect everyone's interests.

Jobs should not be saved for people based simply on longevity. I'm sure you have seen that in the private sector as well.

Reform - I love the idea of the reading centers and the novel idea of combatting bullying. These are community inspired ideas and that's also what we need. Time to turn off the TV folks and get moving.

The idea of reviewing teachers is subject to bias but it's better than just looking at test scores. At least someone is not talking about change and actually doing something.

Posted by: Jage | December 14, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope someone in authority has the sense to ask this question:

How much of the $1 billion will Rhee keep for herself?

Posted by: Linda/RetiredTeacher | December 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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