D.C. Schools Chief Makes Time Magazine Cover

Associated Press
Saturday, November 29, 2008 8:48 PM

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is being featured on the cover of Time magazine for her approach to reforming urban school systems.

Rhee is pictured in a classroom with a broom in the edition dated Dec. 8. She wears all black with a stern look on her face.

Inside the magazine, Rhee reveals she's a Democrat but came close to voting for Republican John McCain for president. She says a close friend begged her to give Democrat Barack Obama a chance.

Rhee says she is "somewhat terrified of what the Democrats are going to do on education."

Teachers' unions spent millions of dollars supporting Obama's campaign, and Rhee is battling the Washington Teachers' Union for more power to fire teachers she deems ineffective.

Rhee says it would send a message if Obama takes a side on union negotiations for D.C. schools.

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