Everyone puts on a happy face at the Rhee press conference
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."
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey's post here at DCist.com.]
| October 13, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
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