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Why Michele Rhee’s Education ‘Brand’ Failed in D.C.| The Atlantic

I was honored to be selected as a journalism fellow at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. Until that week, I had been a supporter of then- District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. But as a former DCPS PTA mom, I blanched at her blackmailing D.C. voters using corporate philanthropic dollars. Her appalling speech the previous weekend in Aspen, and the many conversations I had there with education activists who
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