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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Rhee advising Fla. gov. for transition

By Nick Anderson

updated Friday 8:30 a.m.
Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has shed a bit more light on her role with the education transition team of Gov.-elect Rick Scott (R) of Florida.

In an email to The Post late Thursday, Rhee said she has no plans to move to Florida. She also said that her position means that she is an unpaid adviser.

Scott's education transition team, announced Thursday, includes Rhee and 17 others. He was elected in November to succeed Gov. Charlie Crist (I), who made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.

original post (from Thursday night):
Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has joined the education transition team of Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott (R), according to a statement from the Scott's office.

The full text of the statement, after the jump.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Calling the members of his latest transition team “Champions for Achievement,” Governor-elect Rick Scott announced an experienced and distinguished team of education experts, including nationally recognized education reformer, Michelle Rhee, to help him find innovative ways to create a new education system for a new economy.

The transition team will assist Scott in identifying innovative ideas from the private sector, success stories from other states, cost-saving opportunities and legislative priorities that will help reduce the size of government, improve the education system in Florida and meet the workforce needs necessary to create 700,000 jobs over the next seven years.

The Education Transition Team includes:

Michelle Rhee - Former Chancellor, Washington, DC Schools

Patricia Levesque - Executive Director, Foundation For Florida's Future

MaryEllen Elia – Superintendent, Hillsborough County Schools

Ed Moore – President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

J. David Armstrong, Jr. – President, Broward College and Former Chancellor of Community Colleges of Florida

John Kirtley – Chairman, Step Up For Students

Liza McFadden – President, Volunteer USA Foundation

Frank T. Brogan – Chancellor, State University System of Florida

Dr. Fred Lippman - Chancellor, Health Professions Division - Nova Southeastern University

Dennis W. Bakke - President and CEO, Imagine Schools

Dr. Judy Genshaft - President, University of South Florida

Julio Fuentes – President, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Carlos Curbelo - Miami Dade School Board and State Director for Sen. LeMieux

Mindy Cunningham – Principal, J Strategies

Gary R. Chartrand - Executive Chairman, Acosta Sales & Marketing Company and Board of Directors, KIPP Schools Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Don Pemberton - Director, Lastinger Center For Learning University of Florida

Mindy Lafevers-Hodge - World History Instructor, Florida Virtual Schools

Jonathan K. Hage - President and CEO, Charter Schools USA

By Nick Anderson  | December 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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My condolences to my teacher colleagues in Florida.

Posted by: BitterJill | December 2, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Good. Hopefully she'll be able to truly reform the Teacher's Union contract there as she was able to do here.

No more teachers sitting in a classroom, telling their poor minority students how stupid they are, and how they will never amount to anything.


Posted by: brandip_77 | December 2, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

She who laughs last...

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 2, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Good. One fraud deserves another.

Can we please stop talking about this woman now?

Posted by: hoos3014 | December 3, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Florida can get Imagine's Dennis Bakke to answer some of the state's lingering questions about his charter management organization. Multiple districts have inquired about Imagine's unresolved 501c3 status; quite a few districts have raised questions about school governance issues; and at least one district is asking whether or not Imagine is an education service provider (which would make a difference). There are also quite a few Imagine-run schools that are in serious debt.

Unless this is some elaborate ploy by Scott's team to pry information from Bakke, I have a hard time understanding why his administration would be willing to allow someone who has flagrantly broken the rules to be part of the policy-making process.

Posted by: KML06 | December 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Again, my thanks to Ms. Rhee for her accomplishments in DC

Posted by: pdv1 | December 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sounds about right, Michelle Rhee going to work for a crook whose company had to pay a multimillion dollar fine for defrauding Medicare and took the 5th 70 times...

Posted by: edismae | December 3, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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