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|Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools|
|June 2007 – October 2010|
|Birthday||December 25, 1969|
|Place of birth||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
After training with Teach For America, Rhee worked as a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland for three years. In 1997, she founded and served as CEO of The New Teacher Project, a non-profit focused on training and supplying teachers for urban school districts. Rhee was named as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools on June 12, 2007 by Mary Adrian Fenty. She served in the position until October 2010.
- Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1988
- B.A., Government, Cornell University, 1992
- Master's Degree in Public Policy, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
On December 6, 2010, Rhee announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show that she was setting up StudentsFirst, an organization focused on reforming school districts one community at a time. With the hope of getting 1 million members and raising $1 billion for public schools, Rhee stated, "I'm going to do something different. I am going to start a revolution. I'm going to start a movement in this country on behalf of the nation's children."
Main objectives of the group have been abolishing teacher tenure and supporting school choice. StudentsFirst backed 105 candidates in the 2012 elections, 90 of whom were Republicans. Of the 105 candidates supported, 86 won.
Rhee is married to Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player and current mayor of Sacramento, California. Rhee has two children with her ex-husband, Kevin Huffman. Huffman has served as the Tennessee Commissioner of Education since April 2011.
- StudentsFirst biography of Michelle Rhee
- Site for The Bee Eater, a biography of Michelle Rhee
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Sacramento Bee, "Michelle Rhee just getting started on shaping California education policy," January 27, 2013
- ↑ CAA Speakers, "Michelle Rhee," accessed January 28, 2013
- ↑ Oprah.com, "Michelle Rhee's Big Announcement," December 6, 2010
- ↑ Salon, "Michelle Rhee’s right turn," November 17, 2012
- ↑ Tennessee Department of Education, "Commissioner of Education," accessed November 23, 2012