"Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once" ... Frontline episode on PBS looks behind the curtains

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This item by Alex Pareene from Salon.com describes the "Frontline" episode airing on PBS which goes deeper into the history of Michelle Rhee's tenure as the head of the school system in Washington DC. From the looks of this article, the episode won't be a glossy "Waiting for Superman" type of hype piece.

"Frontline" examines the face of "education reform" and the cheating she refused to investigate in Washington


Do you think the documentary will change anyone’s opinion of Rhee?

I don’t think people know how strongly she resisted the investigation of the erasures. That might give some people pause. In Atlanta, the lead investigator told me that they considered three or more standard deviations from the norm to be a strong indication that cheating took place. In the district, there were classrooms that were five, six, seven deviations from the norm. That’s staggering. This is of course the evidence that was presented to Michelle Rhee.

Michelle Rhee to actually be held accountable by press for once


introduction to the Frontline show:The Education of Michelle Rhee

Jul. 7, 2011 11:13 am


Thanks for the thread. Last i heard, Michelle Rhee is assistant to Florida gov. Rick Scott in helping stealing public money thru charter schools.

tayl44's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

In the program, someone states that the odds of the erasures being legit were about the same as winning Powerball. Watch how Rhee dances around the subject of the erasures. And final proof in the pudding-after new security procedures for testing were put in place after Rhee, the schools with the erasures scores dropped 20-40%. But Rhee has Oprah's blessing-so she will be successful.

Jun. 29, 2012 9:24 am

Rhee is nothing more than the spokesmodel for the hostile corporate takeover of public education in America. Her lobbying group is pure astroturf, and ALL of their agenda is founded on the principle of facilitating the extraction of money from public education and busting unions to destroy their political power and their opposition to the corporate agenda. Get schooled at http://www.rheefirst.com/

CitizensArrest's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

1/13/13 -

“Michelle has accomplished becoming a celebrity,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and Rhee’s frequent nemesis. “She spends a lot of time trying to show that she’s very important.”

And the division she inspired in the District — where she was condemned by some, lionized by others — has followed her to the national stage.


later in the article, a recounting of events involving Gov Dan Malloy of CT:

And yet some prefer to keep their distance.

In Connecticut in March, while Malloy was lobbying the legislature to pass a package of education-policy changes that he had carefully negotiated with teachers unions, he was supposed to attend a rally on the statehouse steps.

Rhee, who supported the deal as a “good first step” but wanted to see the labor provisions further weakened, also planned to attend.

When Malloy learned that Rhee was going to share the stage, he stayed away.

In a statement at the time, Malloy’s spokesman said, “As much as the governor respects people’s rights to be a part of the education dialogue, Ms. Rhee has at times been a divisive figure. And the governor is determined to try and have this discussion about education reform in a way that’s not divisive.”


Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to Oprah

Jul. 7, 2011 11:13 am

2/10/13 -

Book review: ‘Radical: Fighting to Put Students First’ by Michelle Rhee

What the heck is your kid’s teacher talking about? Here’s a glossary.


6/22/12 -

link from the above book review article:

Probe finds test cheating at several D.C. schools

Jul. 7, 2011 11:13 am

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