Michelle Rhee, who resigned as chancellor of D.C. public schools in October and joined Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s transition team for educationunveiled a new education reform advocacy organization this morning called Students First.

“Led by Michelle Rhee, the former Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, Students First formed in 2010 in response to an increasing demand for a better education system in America,” reads the mission statement. “Our grassroots movement is designed to mobilize parents, teachers, students, administrators, and citizens throughout country, and to channel their energy to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level.”

While in the District of Columbia, Rhee ultimately did not mobilize enough teachers, parents or administrators for her reforms — her controversial tenure was a significant factor in the October mayoral election that incumbent Adrian Fenty lost.

Rhee will also appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show this afternoon in a pre-taped segment talking about her new organization.

Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Orange County the latest to sue EPA over water quality rules

Orange County is the latest Florida municipality to sue the EPA over its proposed implementation of a set of numeric nutrient criteria that will limit the amount of waste allowed to be dumped in state waterways. The county will join the Florida Water Environment Utility Council to fight the standards in one of several lawsuits already filed against the EPA.

Family planning opt-out in Medicaid overhaul comes up at West Palm Beach public meeting

Officials from the Agency for Health Care Administration held a public meeting yesterday in West Palm Beach to discuss the agency's plans for the state's Medicaid overhaul. Among a whole host of concerns raised during the meeting, was a little reported provision in the Medicaid reform bill that allows providers to opt out of providing family planning services under moral or religious grounds.