Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Michelle Rhee's Special Definition of Special Interests

Michelle Rhee is one of the more obnoxious figures in current politics and to me she epitomizes everything that is wrong with the so-called school reform movement right here,

She announced she would lead a new advocacy group, StudentsFirst, setting a highly ambitious target of raising $1 billion to promote "transformative reform," primarily by backing laws and political candidates, from local school boards to Congress. 

The group will solicit memberships for as little as $5 per month, but it will also take advantage of changes in campaign finance laws that allow it to broadcast political advertisements paid for by rich individuals and corporations. 

"The ultimate goal is to shift the power dynamic of education in this country, which I think for far too long has been dominated by special interests, whether the teachers' unions or textbook manufacturers," Ms. Rhee, 40, said in an interview.

You see in the school reform world teachers are special interests, wealthy business benefactors are just good citizens. 

H/T Ta-Nehisi Coates

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