Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh, Rhee-ly?

We’ve heard rumors about this around the office.

Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee was named to Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s education transition team Thursday, fueling rumors that she may become Florida’s next education commissioner.

Rhee, the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. school district, is perhaps the most recognizable educator in the country. She has been featured on the cover of Time magazine and played a prominent role in this year’s documentary Waiting for Superman.

Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said Rhee will serve in “an advisory capacity during the transition phase.” But, he added, ”[Scott] definitely wants her to stick around.”

It turns out that Michelle Rhee and I went to the same school in Toledo, although I graduated a few years before her. Not that it matters or anything. I’ll be interested to see what her impact is on the state of Florida education and whether her ideas can translate to what goes on here.