Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rhee Watch

Wall Street Journal: "Outgoing Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering jobs in both the public and private sectors, she said Wednesday, declining to say whether she was offered or would consider New Jersey's top education post."

The Star-Ledger: "In fact, the Christie administration wanted Rhee to consider the vacant state education commissioner’s post, a more attractive offer to her because it signified a step up on the ladder of national education reform influence, according to sources who sought anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss confidential matters. But the state could not get Rhee "past the gate" because of frustration that a move to New Jersey would take her away from her family. Her husband Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, is the mayor of Sacramento, Calif."

San Francisco Examiner: "Well, you don’t get the chance to hire Superwoman very often, and if you’re looking for someone not afraid to take on the unions, Rhee’s the perfect candidate. Unfortunately, Rhee doesn’t seem to0 keen on taking the job."

CBS News: "Two people familiar with the negotiations told The Star-Ledger of Newark Michelle Rhee is seriously considering the offer."

Fox 40 in Sacramento: "Rhee had initially turned down the offer upon thinking the position would require her to run the entire public school network for the state. However, sources close to the negotiation between the Governor and Rhee said she has reconsidered the offer."

Washington Examiner: "Now Rhee has a chance to bring her reforms to New Jersey, a state which suffers similar levels of high spending and poor results as the nation's capitol. Since Christie has been governor, he's met stern opposition from the powerful New Jersey teachers' unions, forcing through stiff cuts in education spending and running the tightrope between public sympathy and the tough choices facing the state budget which is in deep crisis despite some of the nation's highest tax rates."

1 comment:

kallikak said...

Ms. Rhee apparently surmounted her bi-coastal family difficulties while serving in D.C. (where she earned a reported $275,000 per year).

Her hesitation sounds like a bargaining ploy to obtain a work-around enhancement for the Commissioner's salary of $140,000.

Maybe Christie can arrange a dual appointment for her as "Special Advisor to My Special Advisor for Newark" (i.e., Cory Booker) at an additional stipend of $135,000+ per annum).

Sounds like the Governor's kind of solution!