|Speculation over Rhee’s Future|
|posted by: Alix | October 21, 2010, 04:00 PM|
Since jumping on the education reform scene in 2007, Michelle Rhee has been described as everything from abrasive to a true hero. She had never been a school superintendent of any school system before, but by the end of the year, she was on the cover of Time magazine, solidifying her place in education reform history. After her boss' loss of the D.C. mayoral primary, Rhee resigned from her post and now rumors are swirling about where her next position will be.
It's clear that Michelle Rhee has a bright future. She is universally seen as a leader in the education reform movement and has stressed her long-term commitment to the cause. Shortly after her resignation she launched the website, www.michellerhee.org, as a means to share reform ideas and create a national dialogue via social media.
A position education reformers have suggested for her is the top education job in New Jersey under Governor Chris Christie. Since firing his education commissioner over the state's Race to the Top fall out, New Jersey has been in the headlines for everything from Christie's tough union talk to the $100 million dollars donation to Newark Schools from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The job would no doubt bring even more media attention to the state, showcasing every step on the road to reform.
Others speculate Rhee could be waiting until after the November elections. With new positions opening up, "she could probably find something in California if she wanted to," said Erin Dillon, senior policy analyst at Education Sector. Rhee's fiancé is the mayor of Sacramento.
Rhee's camp has been vocal about not committing to a job just yet. "No decisions have been made in regard to Chancellor Rhee's future plans," cited a D.C. Public Schools spokesman. Whatever job Michelle Rhee chooses, her impact in Washington, D.C. and the example she has set for the nation will be felt for years to come.
Where do you think Michelle Rhee will go?