Ex-Schools Chief Takes New Course

Ex-Washington Schools Chancellor Rhee Starts Group to Promote Public-Education Change

Stephanie Banchero
The Wall Street Journal
12/7/2010

Former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee launched a national advocacy group Monday to support political candidates and school districts that embrace substantial changes in public education.

Through the group, StudentsFirst, Ms. Rhee hopes to raise $1 billion to dole out to political candidates who support her policies and to local school districts that adopt the group’s prescriptions, such as linking teacher tenure to student test scores.

“We are trying to shift the balance of power in the education landscape away from the powerful groups who want to keep the status quo,” Ms. Rhee said in an interview, referring to organizations such as teachers unions. “We are going to be the group that is advocating on behalf of kids.”

Ms. Rhee wouldn’t comment on how much money she has already raised, saying the organization is “making good progress on getting philanthropic dollars.” She wants the bulk of contributions to come via her website,studentsfirst.org.

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