courtesy of ‘amy_b’
Twitter was all abuzz late this afternoon as rumors of a four line resignation email to DCPS staffers spread like wildfire. While Michelle Rhee’s tenure is in question with the election of Vincent Gray, nothing has been written in stone yet, and no announcements concerning her departure had been made.
We Love DC has obtained a copy of the email that sparked this rumor, and I have to say, if you read this as a resignation email, you likely need as much reading comprehension help as so many of the DCPS students do. The email was sent this afternoon at 1pm and was titled “Keeping It Moving”:
From: Rhee, Michelle (OOC)
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:00 PM
Subject: Keeping It Moving
It has been my honor to work as urgently and successfully as we have for DC’s students under Mayor Fenty. Without his leadership, we would never have been able to achieve as much as we have for this city.
Nothing about yesterday’s election lessens the urgency we need to continue to deliver amazing results for our schools. There are 45,000 children depending on our ability to do what we do well every day. I know you won’t let them down.
The Chancellor would later release a statement to TBD.com which confirmed that she was not resigning from her position at DCPS.
As much as we’ve seen Twitter be a source of good information in the wake of crisis events, Twitter can also be a source of baseless rumor, so be wary as you read sites that don’t tend to do any kind of fact-checking before they post.
Was the twitter post from Mike Wise? If so, negate all sense of it being true.
Wow, did you just disparage a bunch of DCPS students for their reading levels? Classy!
Less than half of DC students are proficient readers at grade level, according to DCPS assessments.
But is there any need to equate them with adults who foment rumors and lies about Rhee willfully? I mean, there are innocents, and then there are agitators.
Rhee’s most recent comments (the election results are a catastrophe…) seem to indicate that she’ll be gone sooner rather than later…just not today apparently.
Iam a retired D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER AND LOBBYIST.(1958-1980). I WAS SEMI-FINALIST AS OUTSTANDING YOUNG TEACHER IN 1965 AND ALSO ACTIVE AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NEA/DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ASSOCIATION ETC. ETC. AFTER RETIRING I WENT TO KOREA TO TEACH AT HALLYM COLLEGE IN CHUNCHEON. AN ELEMENT THAT I HAVE NOT HEARD IN THE EDUCATION MOVEMENT THAT IS NOW TAKING PLACE IS THAT OF THE STUDENT. STUDENTS GO TO SCHOOL FROM EARLY MORNING TO LATE EVENING SIX DAYS A WEEK. EDUCATION IS HELD IN HIGH REGARD AND TEACHERS ALSO WORK UNBELIEVABLE HOURS AND LOW SALARIES. MY INSPIRATION TO BECOME A TEACHER CAME FROM MY WORKING WITH KOREAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AFTER THE CONFLICT WAS OVER IN 1953. THE RESPECT AND HONOR PAID ME AS A TEACHER TURNED MY FEELINGS TO THE CLASSROOM. I USED MY GI BILL TO GET MY DEGREE IN EDUCATION FROM PROVIDENCE COLLEGE IN 1958,AND WENT ON TO TEACHER IN D.C. FOR TWENTY-TWO YEARS.
WE MUST ALSO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT NOT ALL STUDENTS WILL GO TO COLLEGE AND WE SHOULD MAKE PROVISIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE EDUCAYIONAL PROGRAMS.
ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO LEARN OUR CHALLENGE IS TO DETERMINE EACH INDIVIDUALS NEEDS AND ABILITIES. ONE SIZE DOES NOR FIT ALL.
MRS RHEE SHOULD BE APPLAUDED FOR TAKING THE FIRST STEP IN A LONG JOURNEY IN RETURNING AMERICA TO ITS RIGHTFUL POSITION OF LEADER IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION.