Federal Eye: Rhee Passes on Education Secretary

D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee – a darling of the school reform movement who recently graced the cover of Time magazine – today removed her name from consideration as the next secretary of education.

“I do not want to be secretary of education. I love my job as the chancellor. I have the best boss in [D.C. mayor] Adrian Fenty and I’m not going anywhere.” Rhee said on WTOP-FM’s “The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin” earlier today.

“I think that the person who serves in that role has to be a real reformer. Has to be someone who’s going to be incredibly strong on accountability. Will keep No Child Left Behind intact with making some tweaks,” Rhee said of the next education secretary. “Right now lots of Democrats are talking about gutting the law, which I think is a huge mistake.”

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