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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 10/13/2010

Lori's A.M. Buzz: Rhee is outta here

By Washington Post editors
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Wednesday and there's a lot of big news happening on the local, national and international front. Michelle Rhee has announced her resignation and is expected to make the formal announcement at a press conference today. The first several Chilean miners have been rescued and did I mention Michelle Rhee is stepping down?

Coming up.

And she's out of here. We'll be at today's press conference with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and D.C. Council Chair (and the man likely to be the city's next mayor) Vincent Gray as they formally announce Rhee's departure. The three hope to put forward the impression that, despite their past differences, they are united in their efforts to improve D.C. schools. While some progress has been made, Rhee will leave behind many key pieces of unfinished business.

More on Rhee's replacement. Rhee's departure is not surprising. Rumors that she'd leave the school system have circulated for weeks following the defeat of her main backer, Fenty. Her replacement will be Kaya Henderson, a close associate who is currently Rhee's deputy. The pair worked together at the New Teacher Project -- the non-profit teacher recruiting group that Rhee founded and led until she was appointed D.C. schools chancellor three years ago.

Your thoughts. More than 300 of you have already weighed in on Rhee's departure. Here's your chance to join the conversation. Post reporter Bill Turque, who has covered much of Rhee's tenure, will be online at noon to chat about her, her replacement and the future of D.C. Schools. You can submit questions and join in at noon. You can also read what Post columnists have to say on the Rhee matter. Robert McCartney weighs in, urging Gray to continue efforts to reform the school system. Mike DeBonis offers his take on what Rhee did and didn't do for D.C. Public Schools.

Bonus Rhee material. We've got more coverage of Rhee's departure and legacy -- as well as a timeline and reader poll on Post Local, so be sure to check there to get all the headlines.

Give us Your Take: What's next for Michelle Rhee? Who do you think should replace her as interim chancellor? How do you feel about Rhee's departure? Use #Rhee to discuss on Twitter and we'll post the best responses on our site.

Today's headlines.

Fall-like forecast. After a brief blast of summer, it's going to feel more like fall today. The Capital Weather Gang says it will be mostly sunny, with temperatures in the high 60's, possibly tipping over into the low 70's. Enjoy today because it looks like tomorrow we'll get rain.

ICE probe withheld. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security are refusing to release the results of an inquiry into why an illegal immigrant with two drunken driving convictions, and is now accused of a third incident in which a nun died and two others were seriously injured, went almost two years without having a deportation hearing. The decision not to release the results of the inquiry has outraged the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart. Stewart blames officials at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department for the death of Denise Mosier, 66.

Walk, drive safely. Lots of people are thinking about pedestrian safety these days after a spate of pedestrian accidents and even deaths over the past few weeks. Though there are little commonalities between the victims (two were children riding in strollers, two were men in their 20's, some were crossing at busy intersections and others were on roadways that were practically deserted), local officials are deeply concerned and troubled. They are urging pedestrians and drivers to slow down and be careful.

Stabbing in College Park. Police are still searching for a suspect in a bar brawl involving four men -- three of them students at the University of Maryland -- Monday night. The incident began just after 1 a.m. at the Thirsty Turtle and spilled into nearby streets after employees kicked the group out of the bar for fighting. The four men were stabbed, hospitalized and later released.

Other items.

Lawyers: 1. Burgers: 0. In the case of the burger joint versus the law firm, the lawyers win. A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled that Rogue States must stop grilling burgers because the fumes were making employees at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson ill. The judge left open the possibility that the restaurant could resume cooking if it upgrades or moves its exhaust system from its current location on a second-story roof. But for now, folks will have to go elsewhere for their burger and fry fix.

Celebration at the Chilean Embassy in D.C. Well-wishers gathered at the Chilean Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue to celebrate the start of efforts to pull the 33 trapped miners out of their underground cavern. Embassy officials had set up a big-screen television so people could watch the rescue efforts.

And don't forget. Thursday is the second debate between Maryland gubernatorial candidates Robert Ehrlich (R) and Martin O'Malley (D). The pair will debate here at The Post at noon. A limited number of free tickets are available and you can also submit questions for the candidates.

That's it for now. Thanks much for reading. If there was ever a day to keep checking back with Post Local, today is it. We will have full coverage of the Rhee press conference, a noontime chat and expert analysis on what's next for the D.C. school system. Trust me, you don't want to miss out.

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Education, Loris AM Buzz, Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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Its DC's loss. Rhee was obviously brilliant, and the one person who knew what it takes to reform the schools.
Sounds like DC schools aren't ready for reform yet, though.
They'd rather keep living in denial.

Posted by: ohioan | October 13, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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