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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/15/2010

Council hearing on Rhee, continued: Chancellor compared to 'Harry Potter' character

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has been called many things. But it was likely a first Monday afternoon when a student from Hardy Middle School compared Rhee to the pernicious Harry Potter character, Dolores Umbridge, a cruel teacher at Hogwarts Academy.

One by one, middle school students lined up in the D.C. Council chamber this afternoon during an oversight hearing to protest Rhee's decision to reassign their popular principal, Patrick Pope.

Rhee's actions, said eighth-grader Angela Marsh-Coan, "say she doesn't really care about the people affected by her unreasonable decisions. She is breaking the heart and soul of the school."

The students got some backup from Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D), who said he agrees that "a mistake has been made."

"For the life of me, I do not understand why this is being done," he said.

Before the testimony this afternoon, Rhee said she was sticking by her decision and moving Pope to start a new arts-centered magnet middle school. "I've been clear with the community and at this point it's not good for the school community for there to be this uncertainty." Instead, she said, the focus should be on a "positive transition."

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/15/2010

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