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Revisiting Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee, right, handed a complicated legacy to successor Kaya Henderson. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

More than two years after Michelle Rhee left the helm of the D.C. Public Schools, D.C. just can’t stop talking about her. But then again, neither can the rest of the country. With a new memoir and a PBS documentary resparking the old debates, the Post’s Lyndsey Layton looks at how Rhee “transformed herself into an education celebrity, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen before” — using DCPS as a steppingstone to national prominence. Meanwhile, she has found it difficult to move past persistent allegations that cheating undermined her legacy of rapid progress. Her biographer Richard Whitmire weighs in via a Post op-ed, arguing that there are “plenty of reasons to judge [Rhee] harshly for her time in the District, but cheating doesn’t even make the top 10.” Post columnist Jay Mathews, meanwhile, suggests Rhee could get ahead of the questions if she would get serious about analyzing why cheating occurs and how to stop it.

In other news:

Colby King says Jack Evans needs to get a clue (Post column)

And yet the Secret Service caved to his Inauguration Day parking demands (Examiner)

President Obama’s top aides have rarely voted in local elections (Post op-ed)

Metro is keeping a tight lid on Red Line crash payout data (Post)

City demands Jeff Thompson send millions back to Chartered Health Plan (PostWBJLoose LipsExaminer)

Irv Nathan let David Gregory off the hook (PostErik WempleWaTimes)

How dare he (WaTimes)

Probably not a good move: Suspect slugs lawyer in front of judge (Post)

Defense attorneys want new trial in Chandra Levy killing (Post)

No, David Catania will not be investigating past DCPS cheating allegations (D.C. Schools Insider)

But he wants to push through tough new anti-truancy laws (WRC-TV)

D.C. Council members deliver “Taxation” plates to White House, receive no guarantees (D.C. Wire)

Mary Cheh suggested police escort for two-block walk to White House (D.C. Wire)

At United Medical Center, attempts to remove HIV’s stigma (Post)

The case against legalizing surrogate pregnancies in D.C.: “Women are not Easy Bake Ovens” (Examiner)

Second OCFO employee caught illegally using a parking placard (Examiner)

In Shepherd Park, some grumbles about Silver Spring residents (Post)

If in the last council term your bill did not succeed, try, try again (Examiner)

Jack Evans’s tax sale reform bill has problems, lawyers say (Legal Times)

D.C. GOP has new chairman, executive director (D.C. Wire)

Council members are keeping inauguration plans chill (Examiner)

About 3,500 other D.C. residents are vying for a chance at 200 tickets (WAMU-FM)

Undisclosed new restaurant will fill Uniontown space (DCist)

Object in spokes is fatal for Columbia Heights cyclist (AP)

Imagine Southeast charter fights closing (Post)

Congress’s (thus far) failed museums and memorials (WBJ)

These guys are wanted for questioning in D.C.’s first murder of 2013 (YouTube)

You know, you can get a rebate for that new SmarTrip card of yours (Post)

Nutty Gilded Age millionaire built one hell of a tomb in Rock Creek Cemetery (Post column)

Sorry, Miss D.C. (WTOP)

Hail to the Hogettes (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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