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Posted at 8:45 AM ET, 10/20/2010

Report: Rhee offered N.J. education job

By Washington Post editors

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has reportedly offered former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee the job of New Jersey education commissioner, the Associated Press reports. Please see D.C. Schools Insider for the full story.

-- Bill Turque

By Washington Post editors  | October 20, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Education  
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I'd seriously look for a 2nd source. The SL is not that reliable. Their independent judgement is usually in question.

Posted by: jerzygurl135 | October 20, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Take her!!! And ... you try that firing out in Jersey and get your azz kicked!!! They don't play that in New Jersey.

Posted by: seflo73 | October 20, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Seems like she has a trend of following Janey

Posted by: msdooby1 | October 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

This would be a coup for the great state of New Jersey. Chris Christie has been doing a great job cleaning up the mess left by years of gross mismanagement by Republicans and Democrats alike, that left him faced with a $10.7 billion budget deficit on a $29 billion budget.

He has blazed a path that allowed a balanced budget to be created and passed. He has unapologetically let government employees, including teachers, know that they too would have to shoulder more of the burden, unions be damned.

Sound familiar?? He and Rhee would be a great pairing to continue the successes of busting the extremely powerful NJEA.

Maybe a preview of 2012? President CHristie and Secretary of Education Rhee? That would be fun...

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

Yeah, DC schools were one of the few metro areas who's schools improved recently, and we were stupid enough to fire her because the teachers union donated a million dollars to the incoming Mayor. It wasn't as if other jurisdictions were going to wait long to snatch her up.

Posted by: cambel1 | October 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Horray!! She deserves a lot better job with full support and have guts to change the policies... unlike DC schools which going to rank one of the last in the U.S. cities years to come with a poor management and unqualified teachers. Pity!!

Posted by: fivepaks | October 20, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

The combination of Rhee and Christie will likely be both of their downfalls.

Posted by: dcis1 | October 20, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

They may have offer her a job but I think she's going out to Cali to breed..

Posted by: bfs515 | October 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee may have her personality quirks but she is a mover and shaker - the such as DC schools have never had and she gave the city students, teachers and schools success. Gray will fail in the education category and he will blame it on the person in charge - which essentially will be him. The backpedaling of the DC govt is familiar to most residents and certainly Congress and this will continue now with him in office. Michelle Rhee gave the city hope with her efforts and her reward was being sent packing; now the city will see the fruit of their electing Gray Mayor as all progress made in many arenas but esp education and the police will be lost as I doubt that Chief Lanier will be able to work for and with one so lacking as the Mayor to be.

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | October 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

davidmswyahoo- please read through these official statistics from the US Dept of Education and explain how it shows any success of Rhee's that can be disquinguished from the steady increase in DC student achievement than has been taking place for over a decade.

Source: (then click on “District of Columbia”)

DC National assessment of educational progress (NAEP) scores

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 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 3:54 PM | Report abuse

With Michelle Rhee, New Jersey is now on its way down.

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

Michelle Rhee needs a job where she doesn't have to work with people. She's lacks interpersonal relationship skills.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | October 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, DC schools were one of the few metro areas who's schools improved recently,

Posted by: cambel1

Ummm, Cambel1 - Elementary test scores went down. How did the schools improve?

Posted by: jlp19 | October 21, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee needs to work for a boss who has the power to fire her. She needs someone who will keep her accountable. Fenty failed to do that.

Posted by: jlp19 | October 21, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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