Michelle Rhee, who rose to inhabitant inflection as a argumentative chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, seemed on Tuesday to take herself out of a regulating to turn President-elect Donald Trump’s preparation secretary.
Rhee’s name had been circulated as a intensity claimant for preparation secretary, conjecture that usually clever after she and her father — former NBA star and stream Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson — met with Trump over a weekend. Trump conspicuous them both “greatly talented” and, according to his transition team, they spoke about “the probability for augmenting foe by licence and choice schools.”
Rhee put a preparation secretary rumors to bed on Tuesday afternoon, tweeting that she was not posterior a position. But she pushed behind opposite criticism by some in a preparation remodel village that she should not have met with Trump, given his statements about women, immigrants, Muslims and people with disabilities.
“I have appreciated a event to share my thoughts on preparation with a PEOTUS,” Rhee’s summary said, regulating an acronym for President-elect of a United States. “Interestingly many colleagues warned me opposite doing so. They are wrong. Mr. Trump won a election. Our pursuit as Americans is to wish him to succeed. Wishing for his disaster would be wanting a disaster of a millions of American children who desperately need a improved education.”
“I am carefree about a event to find common belligerent on this critical emanate of preparation and will do whatever we can to be supportive,” she wrote in a apart tweet.
In light of a conjecture about a Secretary of Education role, we wanted to explain my position and what’s best for America’s students. pic.twitter.com/DXRZxdAZNX
— Michelle Rhee (@MichelleRhee) November 22, 2016
As an Asian American woman, Rhee would have brought farrago to a impending Cabinet that is differently moulding adult to be mostly white and male. She also would have brought a farrago of ideas: Rhee is a longtime Democrat who has been a clever believer of a Common Core State Standards, that Trump and his bottom abhor. She says that immature undocumented people who have grown adult in a United States should have a track to citizenship, putting her precisely during contingency with a president-elect, who put mass deportation during a core of his campaign.
But Rhee’s blunt pronouncements about damaged open schools — and a approach she seemed to penchant open battles with a teachers kinship as she instituted unconditional changes in D.C. schools — have done her one of a many widely famous total calling for change in a preparation system. She has been a inaugural voice pulling for a enlargement of licence schools and a singular Democrat who embraces vouchers for private schools — on expanding such taxpayer-funded alternatives to normal open schools, she and Trump see eye to eye.
And not incidentally, Rhee’s ardent character is a lot like Trump’s: The dual share a eminence of carrying dismissed employees on inhabitant television, Trump on his uncover “The Apprentice” and Rhee during a open radio documentary.