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The Bee Eater

Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District

The Bee Eater by Richard Whitmire
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The inside story of a maverick reformer with a take-no-prisonersmanagement style

Hailed by Oprah as a "warrior woman for our times," reviled byteachers unions as the enemy, Michelle Rhee, outgoing chancellor ofWashington DC public schools, has become the controversial face ofschool reform. She has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, andis currently featured as a hero in the documentary "Waiting forSuperman." This is the story of her journey from good-girl daughterof Korean immigrants to tough-minded political game-changer. WhenRhee first arrived in Washington, she found a school district thathad been so broken for so long, that everyone had long since givenup.  The book provides an inside view of the union battles,the school closings, and contentious community politics that havebeen the subject of intense public interest and debate ? along witha rare look at Rhee's upbringing and life before DC.

  • Rhee has been featured in the documentary "Waiting forSuperman"
  • Rhee's story points to a fresh way of addressing schoolimprovement 
  • Addresses fundamental problems in our current educationsystem, and the politics of leadership

The book includes an insert with photos from Rhee's personal andprofessional life, and an "exit" interview that sheds light on whatshe's learned and where the future might take her.

Wiley; January 2011
288 pages; ISBN 9781118058053
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Title: The Bee Eater
Author: Richard Whitmire
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