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Her image is of a tough-talking schools chief who's out to sack every last veteran teacher in D.C.'s failing system. The reality is not so simple.
Wash Post Interviews D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee
In The Washington Post’s new Magazine, veteran local reporter Marc Fisher offers a rare glimpse into the inner-workings of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Described as both harsh and caring, reckless and dynamic, Rhee granted Fisher unprecedented access to sit in on meetings and spend time with her.
During their conversations, Fisher gets Rhee to reveal stories of her Korean upbringing, how she feels she is perceived and her general philosophy (Rhee says, “I don’t mind firing people because I know it is going to benefit kids.”) She even talks about whether she thinks her relationship with a prominent black man has helped her win over Washingtonians who view her as an outsider disconnected from black culture.