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A Discouraging Vote on School Reform

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 17:42:42 in Politics

“I thought I'd fallen down the "rabbit hole" as I read this bizarre account of Michelle Rhee's nightmarish tenure in DC. That is until I read that Will Marshall is "a member of the board that oversees D.C. charters." Here is a more objective account of the rise and fall of Michelle Rhee.

Now that it's over, when the definitive history of Michelle Rhee's brief tenure in Washington, D.C. is written it will go something like this. For her lack of any discernible qualifications, the shocking appointment of Michelle Rhee as Chancellor of D.C. public schools, can be understood only when you realize that she was brought in to inflict maximum damage on the district's public schools. And as a cultist (Teach For America, New Teacher Project) and true believer she came at a bargain basement salary. Really qualified people were courted (Mayor Fenty even visited Miami with several members of the D.C. commission to interview Dr. Rudolph Crew) but that was just for show. They could not be counted on to mindlessly take a club to D.C.'s public schools and the boss Gates wanted Rhee. The havoc and chaos that Rhee caused was no accident. It was the plan!”