Michelle Rhee to Continue Role as Informal Education Advisor to Governor Scott

Education

Jan 5th 2011; Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today that Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, will continue to advise his office on education policy. Ms. Rhee served as a member of the Governor-elect’s transition team for education, which recently delivered its recommendations. Until November 2010, Ms. Rhee was Chancellor of Washington, DC’s public schools, and in early December, she announced the formation of StudentsFirst, a national movement designed to defend the interests of children in public education and pursue transformative reform. StudentsFirst and Ms. Rhee will continue to provide input on best practices and in particular advise Governor Scott as he formulates proposals for the upcoming legislative session.

“I am honored to work with Governor Scott as he executes his education agenda for Florida,” said Ms. Rhee. “I am also proud to work with such a strong reform community and its leaders, including those I worked with during the transition. Florida is leading the country in areas such as sharing information about school performance, and we look forward to helping Governor Scott push the envelope in promoting innovative policies, including a focus on high-performing teachers.”

Tomorrow, January 6, Ms. Rhee and Governor Scott will visit Florida International Academy in Opalocka, where they will meet with school leaders to learn how they transformed the charter school from an “F” school in 2002 to an “A” school in 2009 and 2010. Since the launch of StudentsFirst in early December, Ms. Rhee has been traveling the country meeting with teachers, students, parents, government leaders, and citizens about what needs to be done to improve public education in America.

Michelle Rhee was appointed Chancellor of DC Public Schools Chancellor by Mayor Adrian Fenty in June 2007. Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and state math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades over three years. In 1997 Ms. Rhee founded The New Teacher Project to bring more excellent teachers to classrooms across the country. Under her leadership TNTP became a leading organization in understanding and developing innovative solutions to the challenges of new teacher hiring. As Chief Executive Officer and President, Ms. Rhee partnered with school districts, state education agencies, non-profit organizations and unions to transform the way schools and other organizations recruit, select and train highly qualified teachers in difficult-to-staff schools. Through her work widespread reform was implemented in teacher hiring practices, improving teacher hiring in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland and Philadelphia. TNTP placed 23,000 new, high-quality teachers in these schools across the country. Prior to founding TNTP, Ms. Rhee was a Teach for America corps member in a Harlem Park Community School in Baltimore City.

 

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