Michelle Rhee better pack her running shoes tomorrow

Education superstar and former Washington, D.C., chancellor Michelle Rhee has a whirlwind tour of Atlanta tomorrow, starting with a closed meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal at 11, a lunch meeting with the House Education Committee at the Capitol at noon, a meeting with the AJC editorial board and ed writers at 3:45, and then a return trip back downtown for a meeting with charter school parents and advocates at 5:30 in DeKalb. (That session is closed to the public.)

(It’s possible she has some other events squeezed into her day that I don’t know about it.)

I will blog about her day, or at least what I see of it.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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SSTeacher

February 9th, 2011
7:38 pm

I hope she uses them to run away from the state of Georgia. We do not need anything close to what she has to offer.

Ernest

February 9th, 2011
7:47 pm

Maureen, I’m guessing the meeting with the AJC will be at the new office? Have you considered soliciting questions from bloggers as a part of your interview? If time allows, it could add to the interview.

Maureen Downey

February 9th, 2011
7:58 pm

@Ernest, There are too many folks coming from the AJC for me to do that. She will be pressed for time, but if anyone has a question they are anxious to ask, post it here and I will see what time allows.
And yes, at our new offices.
Maureen

TS Butler

February 9th, 2011
8:01 pm

I am hoping the Atlanta Public Schools BOE is meeting with her. We need some new approaches in ATL and Georgia. I’m all about shaking things up if we can get better results for our students. Look at where the status quo is leaving us.

oldtimer

February 9th, 2011
8:02 pm

I hope she brings new ideas to improve our schools….As a teacher I was always willing to do something different….much worked out welll. We teachers need to be open to some new things. Many things I did would not work today and a lot of it would be better than practices today. I would not be good at “doing” social studis, whereas science and math would work better that way.

Maureen Downey

February 9th, 2011
8:03 pm

TS Butler, I was on a panel last night at Spelman with APS board member Courtney English and I asked if APS was meeting with her. He was invited to the House Education lunch and to the DeKalb meeting, but says he is not meeting with her through APS.

Maureen

HS Public Teacher

February 9th, 2011
8:11 pm

OMG – That would be the dumbest thing ever. To bring in that KOOK into Georgia in ANY capacity!

Math Teacher

February 9th, 2011
8:14 pm

TS Butler, where exactly is the status quo leaving us? There are some interesting discussions about that:

http://nasspblogs.org/principaldifference/2010/12/pisa_its_poverty_not_stupid_1.html

http://zhaolearning.com/2011/01/30/%E2%80%9Cit-makes-no-sense%E2%80%9D-puzzling-over-obama%E2%80%99s-state-of-the-union-speech/

It’s always a lot easier to get people to jump on a new bandwagon if they’re scared the old one is on fire.

KE

February 9th, 2011
8:40 pm

These comments are so prophetic! SSTeacher and HS Public Teacher are the problem- here, DC and every other system. They are protected by their union. They can’t teach, couldn’t get a job anywhere else and are the ones being investigated for cheating. Of course they are afraid of Ms Rhee and we all know why!

teacher&mom

February 9th, 2011
8:42 pm

She has her running shoes on….trying to head off these stories from hitting the national press.

Ya’ll might want to check out what’s going on over at Jay Matthews’ blog (@ the Washington Post). http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2011/02/michelle_rhees_early_test_scor.html

Seems a blogger has uncovered a few facts about Michelle Rhee’s claims on her resume regarding miraculous test scores.
Matthews has four separate posts discussing the “miracle.”

Then, check out how Rhee mishandled the firing of 75 D.C. teachers and the mistake is costing the district 7.5 million dollars in back pay.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/08/AR2011020804813.html

Love to see the press question her about those issues tomorrow….

teacher&mom

February 9th, 2011
8:54 pm

Wait….maybe she will need her running shoes to backpedal out of the mess that comes from self-promotion through the use of half-truths.

Equitas

February 9th, 2011
8:59 pm

An interesting question might explore Ms. Rhee’s concept
about the length of the educational day, and whether she
is prepared to inform parents what students and parents
sacrifice around the world to achieve the high scores on
international tests. The Public Broadcasting System aired
an excellent report on the NewsHour program on 1/21/11
about South Korea’s Education system. I tend to be an
optimist with our educational system and believe we can
learn from other systems, but we should maintain our own
educational identity as a country. We still have plenty of
intelligent students making a tremendous impact in our
country, and they have attended schools in the public and
private sector.

NEWSHOUR 1/21/11

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/module.html?mod=0&pkg=21012011&seg=4

FBT

February 9th, 2011
9:12 pm

Why is the meeting with charter school parents closed?

Maureen Downey

February 9th, 2011
9:18 pm

@FBT, I think because it is being held at a local charter school and they wanted to limit it to the parents of that school and charter advocates for issues of space and control. Their goal was intimate discussion. I wish there was at least one large setting to hear Rhee. You can go to the Capitol, but I would suggest arriving early to get a seat. I believe it is Room 216.
Maureen

Tony

February 9th, 2011
9:23 pm

First, there are no miracles for improving education. Hard work by ALL participants is the only cure.

Second, Ms. Rhee has nothing to offer except maybe a good housecleaning. There are a couple of systems that gain tremendously from that.

Echo

February 9th, 2011
9:27 pm

@KE…your ignorance is showing. No unions in Georgia, you must be new here. You also need a little more info about Rhee. There is a major difference between a bully and a leader, it really seems that little nuance has been lost on school administrators everywhere.

KE

February 9th, 2011
9:37 pm

Echo, tell me about the great leaders in APS, Dekalb and Clayton! Look in the mirror for an answer to your first sentence. You like the staus quo-others, and thankfully the majority do not.

ScienceTeacher671

February 9th, 2011
9:46 pm

Maybe CharterStarter will get to go to the closed meeting?

Maureen Downey

February 9th, 2011
9:46 pm

teacher&mom, Great links. Thanks, Maureen

Echo

February 9th, 2011
9:47 pm

@KE: I did tell you about the “leaders” (and not just to ones at the cesspools you indicated), look at my last sentence for your answer. BTW, my first sentence wasn’t a question, it was a very simple statement about your glaring lack of knowledge about the REAL problems in education. So is “answering” questions that don’t exist is your special talent?

Maureen Downey

February 9th, 2011
9:58 pm

@ScienceTeacher, I expect a lot of the charter advocates to be there. Don’t know if CharterStarter will be among them.
Maureen

FBT

February 9th, 2011
10:15 pm

@Echo-My oldest recently took an education class and her text described the two teacher organizations in Georgia as pseudo-unions.

The class also scared her away from teacing. It is really a shame because she has a natural ability to reach children.

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Linda Johnson

February 9th, 2011
11:23 pm

Will she be running from the law?

Cricket

February 10th, 2011
12:16 am

Michelle Rhee would fit in great with Old Bev and the Crawford Crew. They are birds of a feather.

Really?

February 10th, 2011
1:13 am

How much is her little visit going to cost us??

PJC

February 10th, 2011
4:50 am

Michelle Rhee is a perfect example of what happens when a person gets fast tracked for high level jobs without the necessary foundation of experience and proven leadership skills. She created a lot of noise and did a lot of damage in D.C. but now she is in the self promotion business just like Sarah, Rush, and Glenn. God Bless America!

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Ernest

February 10th, 2011
6:24 am

@teacher&mom, I agree, great links! Maureen, it would be interesting to see if Rhee would comment on the ruling of the independent arbiter, especially given how recent this decision is. There was a comment attr4ibuted to Rhee in the Miami Herald however it does not make sense when you read the Post story. IMO, it comes down to did she overreach if attempting to get rid of ‘bad’ teachers by not following policy herself thus causing problems for the financially strapped school system.

Jennifer

February 10th, 2011
7:01 am

Does she believe that a “school to prison pipeline” exists in our nations school systems ? If so or not, what are her thoughts. (If I had a one moment with her this would be my question) Jen

What if

February 10th, 2011
7:30 am

If there’s a school to prison pipeline, Rhee should be by herself in it (well, maybe along with the APS board -). What a disaster she was to kids, parents, teachers and schools.

Truth Hurts

February 10th, 2011
7:57 am

Will the committees listen to those that debunk the Rhees of the world? Our state leadership is pathetic. Her manifest does not work at any location. Show the truth of it working in an actual school system. It does not exist.

Dr. John Trotter

February 10th, 2011
8:26 am

Let’s see now…I have been putting out my Educational Hypocrites List for years, heh? Who were on the List in the past and who are on the list now?

Crawford Lewis. He was on the List for a while. He’s no longer actively involved in education.

Beverly Hall. Still on the List.

Mark Elgart. Heads up the List now.

Arne Duncan. Clueless but knows that he is on my List. Ha!

Michelle Rhee. The lastest Hypocrite to be fawned upon but is also clueless about running schools.

Alvin Wilbanks. Imperious and still on my Educational Hypocrites List.

What if

February 10th, 2011
8:58 am

SHORT list, John – you must have mighty high standards :-)
None of the state DOE folks (not all – many are smart hard working competent folk)? No OSA folk?
Alvin is indeed imperious; don’t know if he qualifies for hypocrite – the place does run pretty well.

Dr NO

February 10th, 2011
9:13 am

Bring Rhee in asap. Some major re-organization and massive firings are LOOONNNGGG over due. The entire APS system is broken and will not be repaired with the low moral character of those currently involved.

Clean House Michelle!!!

Dr NO

February 10th, 2011
9:15 am

There is no such thing as a “school to prison” pipeline except in the delusional minds of the gladhanders and excuse makers. Those that go to prison are so stupid that usually thats the only place the fit in and want to fit in.

Dr NO

February 10th, 2011
9:18 am

My goodness…such minutia being discussed. Length of the school day, length of the school year, Hot dogs for lunch every Tuesday, blah blah blah.

With the parents behaving like spoiled little 3rd grade know-it-alls its no wonder these kids are in such bad shape. They are only imitating what the actions of these so-called adults.

catlady

February 10th, 2011
9:44 am

Like the educational butterfly that she is, she flits from event to event, photo op to photo op.

Would it be too much to ask that the AJC folks stop fawning and ask some real questions of her? And demand real answers?

catlady

February 10th, 2011
9:50 am

FBT, the meeting with the charter school parents is closed so that they can all sit around and pat each other on the back. No hard questions wanted there!

Tony

February 10th, 2011
10:22 am

“Would it be too much to ask that the AJC folks stop fawning …?”

Great line, catlady! Keep up the good work.

MikeyD

February 10th, 2011
10:32 am

@Maureen:

Do you know if taxpayer money is being used to fly her in, put her up in a hotel, provide transportation, pay for a “consulting” fee, etc.? If so, do we know how much this junket is costing the citizens of Georgia?

MikeyD

February 10th, 2011
10:33 am

p.s.
“Education Superstar”….

High class humor. Really hysterical.

teacher&mom

February 10th, 2011
10:51 am

Rhee : Education
Palin : Politics

‘nuf said.

teacher&mom

February 10th, 2011
10:57 am

Tonya C.

February 10th, 2011
11:00 am

Catlady:

Off topic, but I want to thank you. At my son’s IEP meeting yesterday, I was told he is one of the top in his mainstream classes. That he understands his disability is NOT an excuse for mediocrity or bad behavior, and he is more than capable of learning. All his teachers love him and sometimes forget about his autism.

The stories you’ve told of your son helped me go along with my husband and raise the bar for him. he has gone on to surpass it, and not only because it is expected but because he knows he is capable. Just a quick thanks. You never know who you can inspire in this world of social media!

catlady

February 10th, 2011
11:26 am

Tonya, your son is a lucky boy–you have given him a real gift! God bless.

Jennifer

February 10th, 2011
12:15 pm

We need exactly what she has to offer.

MikeyD

February 10th, 2011
12:37 pm

@Jennifer:

What exactly does she have to offer? I haven’t seen much other than self-promotion for the sake of earning a quick buck.

teacher&mom

February 10th, 2011
1:15 pm

teacher&mom

February 10th, 2011
1:35 pm

@Maureen – Did Gov. Deal and the House Education Committee invite Rhee to Atlanta or did her organization extend an invitation to meet?