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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 10/ 4/2010

Video: Michelle Rhee's regrets and ambitions

By Washington Post editors

In an interview this afternoon with the Post editorial board's Jo-Ann Armao, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee spoke frankly about the future of her position, her greatest regret and accomplishment, and what she thinks of her portrayal as "superwoman" in the documentary "Waiting for Superman."

View the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section:

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
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Do yourself a favor. NEVER, EVER waste your money on Kaplan University.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee's ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial
gaming the system, and legal violations ---
in Washington, DC and
also in Sacramento.
Did you know that every time she brings in
a new inexperienced, unqualified
"Teach for America" intern that she pays her
ex-husband's organization (he's the "TFA"
Communications Director) a fee of
several thousand dollars for each recruit --
which goes toward his salary and he then repays
back to her as child support ! --
that's self-dealing.
===
Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee's and (supposed boyfriend) Kevin Johnson's closets, while they've been protected from consequences by their big-money financier
and corporate backers
[eg. deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals (including misappropriation of over $400,000
in federal grants), sexual misconduct with
students (teen minors) and (teenage Americorps)
staff subordinates, cover-ups and 'hush money'
deals behind-the-scenes].
----------------
Must-read important
news article:
http://www.sacbee.com/2009/11/20/2338165/kevin-johnsons-accuser-says-he.html#ixzz10X7EgmSQ

Also, see website:
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 4, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Rhee, in this piece, actually makes more sense than most of her followers. Particularly the out of town visitor Jo-Ann Armeo.

School reform never has and never will be wrapped around any one individual. There are hundreds of professional educators who lead the charge of public school improvement all over this nation.

In short, Rhee has said, "stop people worshiping me" DC!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | October 4, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I switched my daughter two years ago
from a catholic school
to Alice Deal Middle School.
The principle reason
I did this was because the school was
a beautifully renovated facility that
was part of the Master Plan established --
long before Michelle Rhee was thought of.

In my view. she has had a minimal impact on the actual achievements of the schools and
the most significant improvement has been to the facilities (which she had nothing to do with) !

Leadership is simply more than having
a high profile and firing teachers.
The test scores under her tenure have shown modest success (even declining last year) despite retesting, gaming the system and postponing of extracurricular activities during testing periods as a means of ensuring the highest scores. When you analyze the totality of her accomplishments they are minimal and you rarely hear of tangible results she has achieved during her tenure (other than the illusion). What she has done is alienate a large portion of the city’s electorate and demoralize a large portion of the teachers and administration that support the schools. She is absolutely the wrong role model and person for this job. Her interest which is amplified by the recent media hype is more towards notoriety and grandstanding. Oprah did a disservice to herself and her viewers because she did not present a balanced view of the public school picture here in DC.

Lastly, let me be clear. In a predominantly African American school district it is vitally important
that their be a strong representation of African American teachers and administrators who are the role models for the students. To suggest that there are not enough qualified African Americans to fill these positions or that we would do something deleterious to the education of our kids is condescending and insulting. To further suggest that Vince Gray is not concerned about education is either ignorance or being disingenuous.
He is the only government official who has regularly held sessions with young students to ascertain their issues and concerns (see Saturday Council Sessions on Channel 13).

Her public campaigning in a segmented section of the city and her comments re: “devastating”
speaks volumes about how she feels about DC residents. ——-

Michelle Rhee is unprofessional and a fraud.
I can’t wait to see her go.

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 4, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The WP has gone from silly to sickening. How much money does the Post have riding on Rhee.

The campaign for Rhee is frightening. Talk about free press, this has become idol worshiping at its worst.

Shut up Joann and go where ever you live. For a while, I thought you would plant a big kiss on Rhee's butt while the camera was rolling.

Posted by: guylady201001 | October 4, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Notice that Rhee's regret is not enough communicating *to* teachers. She doesn't regret not heeding teachers or not trusting teachers or not empowering teachers.

(BTW, I'm neither a teacher nor a union member. However, I believe that teachers in the classroom are our biggest assets in improving public education. It would be a shame to disregard those assets.)

Posted by: imback | October 4, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Will ELI BROAD (the Southern Calif. real estate mogul
& rhee-form oligarch, otherwise known as
Sugar Daddy Warbucks) please clean up after your
crews' deep dippity-do & stinking pile of hypocrisy!
Will ELI BROAD & cronies
please arrange (ASAP !)
a consulting gig for his
political concubine & broom-humping pet
rabid MICHELLE RHEE ---

if she's got too many skeletons rattling
in the closet (along with Kevin Johnson,
including financial misappropriation scandals,
cover-up of sexual misconduct with
minor students & teenage staff,
and a range of federal /state /city
illegalities & violations) --
and if no other school district
will hire Chancellor Queen Rhee
(because she's not qualified to actually
be a school-district superintendent)
--- it's not the DC voters' problem !!!

There are excellent, experienced,
qualified candidates who are ready
to replace her and ready to implement
strategic, viable improvements.

Rhee-move her !


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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 5, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

RESEARCH Michelle Rhee’s ongoing
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST machinations, financial gaming the system, and legal violations — in Washington, DC and also in Sacramento.
Did you know that every time she brings in a new inexperienced, unqualified “Teach for America” intern that she pays her ex-husband’s organization (he’s the “TFA” Communications Director) a fee of several thousand dollars for each recruit — which goes toward his salary and he then repays back to her as child support ! — that’s self-dealing. ======= Investigate the rattling skeletons in both Michelle Rhee’s and Kevin Johnson’s closets, while they’ve been protected from consequences by their big-money financier and corporate backers (including — deliberate prevarication, budgetary machinations & financial scandals (including misappropriation of over $400,000 in federal grants), sexual misconduct with students (teen minors)
and staff subordinates, cover-ups and ‘hush money’ deals
behind-the-scenes).
——————————————
Must-read important
news article:
http://www.sacbee.com/2009/11/20/2338165/kevin-johnsons-accuser-says-he.html


See website:
http://sacchartergate.blogspot.com/

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 5, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

a concerned DCPS parent :

re: Michelle Rhee’s “mom friendly” comment, prepared specifically for the Oprah show, about moms not tolerating mediocre teachers being given time to grow and develop professionally. “Well. The unqualified, needing-to-grow-professionally, TFA principal that Rhee PUSHED on our school, despite protests from a panel of engaged, informed, truly progressive, professional educators and parents with advanced degrees in education . . . . . (this TFA principal) hired and protected even more inexperienced, unqualified teachers who will take YEARS to develop into true professionals. But the principal and those teachers all know how to say “yes” to their boss. Too bad they don’t know the basics of how children learn, or the nuances of curriculum and instruction. It is hard, hard work indeed to have to reprogram my kids every day after school, to get them to embrace and understand learning again.

Rhee’s influential, BAD decisions and practices, more than
ANY OTHER failure of the DC Public School system, has me
on the verge of pulling my kids out of school.

Rhee embarrassed herself mightily at the DC screening of this film (”Waiting for Wall Street Super-scammers”) -- with her comment insulting DC voters.

My kids, and the 350 others in their school,
will not be devastated at all
when she leaves.
We assume she will head to the business world for which
she may have more appropriate skills.”

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Posted by: honestpolicy | October 5, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

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