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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Rhee praises mayor, says she doesn't see the same dedication from Gray

In an interview that aired Wednesday on WAMU 88.5 with senior reporter Kavitha Cardoza, D.C. Shools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee again downplayed her role in the election between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and chief rival Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

But when pressed about whether she would stay or go under a different mayor, Rhee said she did not see the same dedication to education reform from Gray that she has seen with Fenty.

"...I came to this city to take on this job specifically because I believed that there was a really unique opportunity with this mayor and how focused he was on education. He has not disappointed me one time in the last three years. I would not work under a mayor who was not focused on education in the same way, as dedicated to making some of the really difficult decisions," Rhee told Cardozo.

"I think the chairman is certainly interested in education reform.," Rhee said. "I think that committed to this city and its progress, certainly. But in terms of what I'm talking about with Mayor Fenty and his willingness to make some very difficult decisions, that though may have been unpopular with the adults, they are absolutely the right thing to do for the kids and for the system, no, I haven't seen the same thing with the chairman."

Fenty has said he would retain Rhee. Earlier this week, Gray said if he had already decided to fire her he "would say so."

--Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:57 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Categories:  2010 District Election

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