President-elect Donald Trump will be meeting with Sacramento First Lady Michelle Rhee as a potential candidate for secretary of education.
Danielle Hagen with Trump’s administration confirmed the meeting will take place in New Jersey on Saturday.
Rhee is widely known as the former chancellor for Washington, D.C., public schools, fighting the teachers’ union as she made a polarizing push for charter schools and voucher programs.
“Michelle Rhee was a disaster in Washington D.C. She supported independent, privately-run charters — sometimes for-profit,” Sacramento City Teachers Association Vice President Davis Fisher said. “Pretty much used private school rules and public money to continue the have and have-nots.”
Rhee has not been active in education locally, or statewide. However, her husband, Mayor Kevin Johnson, took the charter school approach with St. Hope in Sacramento.
“I think schools are really evolving at a much slower rate than society,” said Gary Bowman, who represents the charter school system California Montessori Project. “I see us as part of a bigger puzzle. We offer something that isn’t offered in the mainstream.”
Bowman believes Rhee can be a visionary for public education.
“One thing about Michelle Rhee is that she is passionate about school choice for parents,” Bowman said.
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