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Wedding Bells for Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson

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District of Columbia Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has been awfully coy for more than a year about her bi-coastal romance with Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star, charter school operator, and now, mayor of Sacramento.

But there was no hiding the diamond folks apparently spotted on her left hand Wednesday night at an education reform event in downtown D.C. The Washington Post's gossip columnists got on the case and got Rhee herself to confirm the engagement.

Naturally, the first thing most of us wonder is if Rhee will be leaving Washington soon. After all, KJ is only in his first term as mayor of Sacto, his hometown. He's not likely to leave his job for a move East. Rhee has just been through the stormiest stretch of her nearly two and a half year run as chancellor, brought on mostly by her recent decision to lay off nearly 400 district employees, more than half of them teachers.

The chancellor told The Post that she's not leaving D.C. any time soon, and her steeliness and tenacity to turn around decades of failure in the city's school system seems genuine, even if you disagree with her methods. She doesn't seem like a quitter, even for true love.

Still, anyone want to lay odds on how long for D.C. Michelle Rhee will be?

UPDATE: Mayor KJ confirms the news this morning in the Sac Bee. A spokesman for him says the engagement will be "long." Couldn't help but notice the Bee's generic description of Rhee's infamous Time magazine cover.

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As a District of Columbia Public School parent, I can't wait for her to head out West to be with her beloved.

If we want something (schools that succeed) that we don`t have we must do something that we have never done before.

Gee, thanks EdWeek, er... I mean "PeopleWeek". Here's a pucky story aimed more at the heart than the head. Reminds me of why I pay to read EdWeek - great stories about romance and bi-coastal adventures. Ah, that SAC BEE - it just loves to use the National Enquirer as an exemplar!

Could ED Week do an analysis on the impact of Chancellor Rhee's decision making on DC Schools and neighborhoods. For example a closed, consolidated school campus in my neighborhood has drop under her leadership from proficiency rates of 55% of students in 2007/2008 to 40% of students proficient in 2009.
As a regular reader and parent in DC school student, I would greatly appreciate reporting on reality vs. rhetoric of school reform in DC rather than fluff pieces like the article above.

Thanks

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