From Times-Herald Tallahassee Bureau reporter Mary McGrory:
Despite mounting criticism over a possible cheating scandal in Washington, D.C., nationally recognized education activist Michelle Rhee was in Tallahassee Monday to discuss a flurry of schools-related proposals in Florida.
“We’re here to answer questions and lend our support in any way possible,” Rhee said while waiting to meet with House Speaker Will Weatherford.
When asked which bills she was lobbying for, Rhee directed a reporter to the website for her education nonprofit, StudentsFirst. The organization lists performance pay for teachers, expanding school choice, and empowering parents as its top legislative priorities.
It’s no secret that Rhee supports the Parent Empowerment Act, better known as the parent trigger. The proposal would let parents demand sweeping changes at low-performing schools, including having the school converted into a charter school.
Teachers’ unions, parent groups and school districts oppose the measure, and Democrats have voted against it at almost every stop. Still, the bill has already won the support of the House, and is awaiting a final committee hearing in the Senate.
In a brief interview Monday, Rhee said opposing the bill is “an unconscionable position to take.”
Did she really say “unconscionable position to take” after lying about her role in the cheating scandal that happened on her watch? And then being outed by PBS reporter John Morrow for being at the head of the cover-up? Only someone backed by billionaire bucks, with a Time cover and a propaganda film could have such chutzpah.
You have to know that even some of the most rabid republican ed reformers rolled their eyes when they heard Rhee was in the building. She just had to come to the Florida front lines for a photo-op and a faux rally of the faithful.
If someone as ethically challenged as Rhee takes the position that it’s “unconscionable” to oppose Parent Trigger, the opposite must be true.