Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rhee in the debates

(also known as "Holy Crap, why did my hit count suddenly explode")

Late in last night's final presidential debate the subject of education came up and each of the candidates referenced Washington DC's voucher program and, while not naming her directly, Chancellor Rhee. McCain is for vouchers, Obama is not and there was a bit of an argument over where Rhee stood on the whole voucher issue (full debate transcript can be found here). Its not too surprising that both candidates are positioning themselves as on the same page as Rhee; she's gotten a lot of positive national press for trying to tackle the age-old plight of crappy urban school districts.

Jeff Chu at FastCompany has a good roundup of coverage of this angle of the debate. Long story short: Rhee's official position as of this morning: “While Chancellor Rhee hasn’t taken a formal position on vouchers, she disagrees with the notion that vouchers are the remedy for repairing the city’s school system.” In the past she has gone on record (during an interview with the Wall Street Journal) saying that she “would never, as long as I am in this role, do anything to limit another parent’s ability to make a choice for their child. Ever.” (The implication being that she doesn't oppose DC's Federal voucher program).

Point of interest: the hit count for this blog exploded around 10 o'clock last night. Why? Both Michelle Malkin and the National Review's Corner blogs were live blogging the debate and linked to this post which referenced a WaPo editoral that quoted Rhee's “would never ... do anything to limit another parent’s ability to make a choice..." quote above.

3 comments:

Morgan said...

Congrats on the hit count explosion, Nathan.

Ed Researcher said...

You deserve the love, Nathan. This blog rocks. No-nonsense, on topic discussion of DC schools.

Gen X Teacher said...

great for you! your blog is so good that i sometimes use it to counter-check facts about dc.

keep it going...