Look at this mess in Ohio, all brought about by Michelle Rhee and her relentless demonizing of teachers and bastardizing of teacher evaluation systems.
Michelle Rhee is the national education reformer most well-known for her cross-country tour promoting the anti-public education film “Waiting for Superman”, including an appearance at a screening with Ohio’s own John Kasich. Prior to that, Rhee spent a couple of years at the head of the D.C. Public Schools, a couple of years promoting Teach for America, and she even spent a few years as a classroom teacher (TFA corps member).
These days, Rhee is the head of Students First, a non-profit organization that purports to promote public schools, but in truth only serves to promote charter schools, parent choice, and the dismantling of teacher involvement in the creation of employment contracts. Strangely, Rhee is still a media darling and has even appeared on morning talk shows representing herself as . . . a Democrat. Rhee’s political viewpoint and the work of Students First most assuredly do not represent the progressive educational perspective, but many media outlets still take Rhee at her word when she claims to be . . . a Democrat.
Now, here in Ohio, Michelle Rhee’s true colors simply cannot be ignored. Rhee has chosen to fund multiple candidates in Ohio who are running for the Ohio House this year, citing their individual votes to support the Kasich budget that cut public education funding by $1.8 billion as a reason for Students First’s support. Let me restate that: Students First supports these candidates because they supported Kasich’s budget that cut $1.8 billion from school funding.