Washington, D.C.’s former schools chancellor is seriously considering an offer from Gov. Chris Christie to become the state’s next education commissioner, but family concerns may prove an insurmountable stumbling block for her, two people familiar with the negotiations said.
When state officials initially approached Michelle Rhee, she quickly turned down the offer, thinking the governor wanted her to make a lateral move and run the Newark Public Schools, something Mayor Cory Booker wanted, Newark school officials said. Even Oprah Winfrey endorsed the possibility of Rhee becoming Newark’s next superintendent.
In fact, the Christie administration wanted Rhee to consider the vacant state education commissioner’s post, a more attractive offer to her because it signified a step up on the ladder of national education reform influence, according to sources who sought anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss confidential matters. But the state could not get Rhee "past the gate" because of frustration that a move to New Jersey would take her away from her family. Her husband Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, is the mayor of Sacramento, Calif.
Of course she can't spend too much time away from KJ in Sacramento because she has to keep an eye on him, you know?
Those 16 year olds are always beckoning to him.
Sometimes she has to even make those ugly sex scandals and molestation charges go away for KJ.
Yet she was in D.C. which, to my mind, isn't all that close to Sacramento either.
In fact, D.C. seems to be a helluva lot closer to Jersey than California.
So who knows what she's doing here - holding out for more money? More power? More press?
Hard to say, but whatever happens, you can be sure she will be firing teachers, closing schools and opening up charters somewhere pretty soon.