So Where Does a Disgraced Michelle Rhee Show Up First? Florida, Of Course!


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.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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10 Responses to So Where Does a Disgraced Michelle Rhee Show Up First? Florida, Of Course!

  1. Why do you characterize her as “disgraced”?

  2. Ro says:

    Hmm…because there is an ACTUAL memo sg that she KNEW about the widespread cheating going on in HER schools where she had placed HER people to raise test scores to “prove” her reforms were working. She ignored of course. She is NOT an educator, never was, and the mere fact that she duct taped children’s mouths should have been enough to discredit anything that comes out of her lying teacher bashing mouth.

  3. I’m asking about the alleged cheating scandal

    • lkm says:

      Google John Merrow. Among other things, he is the education reporter for the PBS News Hour. He blogs weekly; the most recent blog ‘outs’ Michelle Rhee by giving evidence of the Washington DC public school cheating scandal and resulting cover-up. This was all with Rhee leading the pack.

    • SCS=Shaw Crane-Sundell says:

      Here you go:

      Rhee and her cronies were allegedly inflating test scores at DCPS
      Pretty serous allegations of proven to be true.
      Read John Merrow’s unearthing of a particularly incriminating memo:
      http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6232

      • Craig charvat says:

        Rhee is a weasel. I wish she would tape her mouth up like she did with her students when she was a “teacher” .

  4. Elissa says:

    Michelle Rhee’s policies are terrible. Public Schools and teachers need to be allowed to do their job. Standardized testing should be thrown out the window, because this does not measure nor track the progress of learning students or working teachers. Not everything is the teacher’s fault, and not everything is the student’s fault, either. Things aren’t so black and white like that.

    The state governments are corrupt. Politicians and businessmen who want charter and/or private schools spend more time and money with their own power struggles in their offices than actually fixing the problem. Public school systems are corrupt. Schools should never, ever be up for purchase. You can’t change a public school into a private/charter school because the education system in which it depends on was too corrupt and unable to handle fixing it.
    We need a new system that puts equal power in the hands of students, teachers and parents. Politicians will pretend to do what’s right, so long as they can stay in power to get the next job over their competitors, whoever they may be. It’s all a competition about power and control. It’s not even about education anymore. This is why we are failing. We are giving all the power away to our politicians and businessmen, who are not teachers. We are letting politicians and businessmen tell us how to do our own jobs as teachers and educators. Education, business, and politics should be separated.

    My mother teaches the mentally handicapped in public high school. They’re trying to pass laws that require the student to produce higher and higher academic results-and if they don’t, the teachers get laid off. My mother teaches the profoundly mentally handicapped. Some of her students will be lucky enough to be able to tie their own shoes. For some, learning to speak is a difficult task that takes years and years of hard work and intense repetition.

    Some teachers work with students who don’t have enough food to eat at home, live in poverty, or have other issues which make it harder for them to succeed academically in school. When this happens, there needs to be paid special attention/programs given to those students to help them succeed, without separating them in school with unequal opportunities, and without laying off the teachers.
    This does not mean that teachers should get away with being bad teachers.
    Teachers should be evaluated, too. I can’t tell you how many teachers were unqualified simply because the state has no money to actually fund education in general, so they end up hiring just anyone because the state is spending too much time arguing with its own politicians about how to “do it right.” No one is paying attention to the real problems at hand.

    • John says:

      I’ve been a teacher for 20 years and I won’t recommend anybody go into this profession. Well, maybe if you like to be crapped on.

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