Michelle Rhee: Before and After the Election Michelle Rhee: Before and After the Election

Michelle Rhee: Before and After the Election

by Nikhil Swaminathan

September 17, 2010

Thanks to the Democratic voters in Washington, D.C., one of the big questions that education wonks will be speculating about over the next few weeks is: What will become of current D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

This afternoon, she appeared on MSNBC to discuss Mayor Fenty's defeat last night and what it meant for D.C. public schools. She seemed somewhat reserved (maybe even contrite) when admitting that her reforms were "without a doubt" a major factor in her boss's downfall. She speculated that it was the dizzying pace of the reforms that might have scared off some voters. And, eventually, she seemed to realize that they had played to consider the politics and public perception of their changes. Full video below:

I do feel sort of somewhat bad and guilty [about Fenty's loss]. ... The fact that we didn’t do as good a job as I think we could have in communicating why we were making the decisions that we did that sort of led people to be suspicious of the actions, etc., is unfortunate. 

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Michelle Rhee: Before and After the Election