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Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 05/09/2011

Michelle Rhee to speak in D.C.

Rhee speaks in Florida in January. (Alan Diaz - AP)
Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is scheduled to speak today at an education conference in the District — and union officials are planning a protest outside.

Two Republican governors are also scheduled to speak at the policy summit hosted by the American Federation for Children, a nonprofit that pushes for private school vouchers and charter schools.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania are expected to talk about school choice. The topic of Rhee’s speech has not been released.

Walker has proposed expanding a school voucher program in Milwaukee. Corbett is proposing cutting $1.6 billion from public education while also pushing for vouchers, which would allow students in poor-performing public schools to transfer to private schools.

Union leaders and other activists are planning a rally outside the summit, which will also feature former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. Opponents say the federation is trying to “dismantle public education.”

By Associated Press  |  06:47 AM ET, 05/09/2011

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