Rhee prefers D.C. over Sacramento in interview

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee (Photo by: RJSmith) D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee
Asked last night by WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza at the cozy “Evening with Michelle Rhee," hosted by the Young Education Professionals (YEP), what attraction Sacramento, CA has that D.C. doesn’t, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee started to respond that D.C. has a level of energy and excitement that, well....“We’ll have to see,” she said.

Rhee, who is engaged to marry Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in early September, finds her residency and future employment a persistent question in the mayoral competition between her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty, and his major competitor D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray: Will she remain as D.C. schools boss in a Gray administration? Will she stay long in a second Fenty administration given her marriage and the attractions of Sacramento?  

After a sprint by Rhee through weighty topics like Common Core standards, D.C. STARS data tracking, truancy and drop-out prevention, the hour wound down with Cardoza posing a “lightening round” of questions that included what grade Rhee would give her performance as schools chief and what movies she has seen recently. Her answers: the same percentage as students passing the DC CAS exam, and Salt, Flipped and The Kids are All Right, respectively.