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Posted at 1:38 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Everyone puts on a happy face at the Rhee press conference

By Aaron Morrissey

It was a rather smiley affair in the East Room of the Mayflower hotel this morning, as outgoing D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee officially announced her resignation. There were words of optimism, handshakes, thumbs up and awkward hugs-a-plenty between Mayor Adrian Fenty, presumptive Mayor-elect Vince Gray and, of course, Rhee.

The chancellor, whose resignation will go into effect at the end of the month, went heavy on the positive language -- "mutual decision," "shared goal" and "unifying the city," for example -- throughout her remarks.

"The best way to keep the reforms going is for this reformer to step aside," Rhee said. Rhee told a large crowd of reporters that she plans to take a break (and, of course, travel to Sacramento), but would remain in the business of education reform. Rhee said that "all [DCPS] reforms can continue as planned" and added that she is looking forward to "serving America's children" in the future.

Rhee did strike a slightly melancholy tone, though, when she spoke about her tenure as chancellor. "I have completely enjoyed every minute of it," Rhee said. "The thought of not being in this role anymore is heartbreaking, to put it mildly."

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 13, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
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(reference to post
by thooker65):

Read about the scam testing procedures,
described below ! ---

"My daughter participated in the D.C.
Saturday Scholar program for nearly two years.
After I found out that she was only 1 of a few students from each school that had above average skills in learning, (Talented and Gifted), were asked to participate in that program. She along with other students that processed that higher level of learning were in this class to take the test (the NAEP exam
a national assessment, deliberately administered to only a selected 'sample group' of DCPS students) --which was then manipulated to artificially bolster DCPS test score ratings, as a whole district.
So how does that make the school system
better (?!), if only this selected group of smarter kids bring up the school standings (via a clandestine process)?
After I found out what was going on, I removed my daughter from that program. I’m pretty sure that Michelle Rhee
would like to take credit for the
better scores, but did anyone really look into that smoke screen of what was really going on, I can only imagine --
and when I found out about the program I felt sick to my stomach.


Posted by: newmanagement2 | October 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"The thought of not being in this role anymore is heartbreaking, to put it mildly." She had a heart? The principal at her daughters school was heartbroken too. She was making her academic targets. She was passionate about her school's progress. However, she was replaced and the school hasn't made AYP since. The parents of Hardy Middle school expressed their heart felt concerns over losing their principal. Now the school is being run by a partime principal who has been stretched too thin trying to run two schools. It can't be heartbreaking unless you have a heart.

Posted by: candycane1 | October 14, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

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