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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Gray: Rhee's future not discussed in 'philosophical' meeting

Update: A number of readers have questioned my suggestion that Rhee was close to tears. After reviewing the video, I've thought about it and have removed the reference.

Video: Rhee grim-faced after meeting | Photos: The press conference

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee met for 90 minutes today for what Gray called a "philosophical discussion" about public education but they did not talk about her future in the administration.

Following the highly anticipated meeting, Gray and Rhee emerged to face a throng of news cameras and reporters. While Gray spoke to reporters, a grim-faced Rhee stood to the side, refusing to answer questions or join the chairman in issuing a public statement. (Check out the video here.)

"We did not talk about Chancellor Rhee staying or going, we talked about the state of education in the city," Gray said.

Gray called it an "excellent discussion" that largely centered on the details of the multipage education platform he released during his campaign against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Gray stressed he will not be making any decisions about whether he would keep Rhee as chancellor until after the Nov. 2 general election. Rhee declined to answer reporters' questions about if she would stay on the job if Gray asked her to.

"This was not a decision-making meeting," said Gray, adding they plan to meet again in a few weeks.

After Gray spoke, Rhee rushed to an elevator, but she was followed by reporters. Rhee continued to refuse to answer questions.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Tim Craig

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