Five Questions for Michelle Rhee

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Michelle A. Rhee, the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., is now pushing education reform through her organization Students First— and continuing to annoy the teachers’ unions along the way.

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Ms. Rhee appeared alongside former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, who sees her — as do many Republicans — as a darling of the school choice movement.

But she is also a lifelong Democrat who believes that President Obama has done more to make major education reforms than other presidents. She is attending the Democratic convention here this week and stopped on Monday to talk. What follows is a condensed and edited transcript of the conversation.

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