Michelle Rhee, who resigned as chancellor of D.C. public schools in October and joined Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s transition team for education, unveiled 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 the 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.