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Thursday
Dec022010

Michelle Rhee's Next Move: Florida Governor-Elect Rick Scott's Transition Team

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An interesting move for former Washington, D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee. She's joining Florida Republican Governor-elect Rick Scott’s education transition team.

Scott’s office made the announcement Thursday, calling Rhee “a nationally recognized education reformer,” who along with 17 other education leaders and experts -- mostly Floridians -- would help the governor-elect “find innovative ways to create a new education system for a new economy.”

It was less than two months ago that Rhee announced she was stepping down as chancellor of the district’s troubled public school system after a controversial three-and-a-half-year term.

During that period, Rhee ignited controversy for her aggressive efforts to reform Washington’s schools and clashed with teachers unions -- a point that has not been lost on Republicans like Scott.

But in the process, Rhee gained national notoriety and her next move has been the subject of speculation in education and political circles. She remained mum about her decision to join Scott's transition team in an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report Wednesday night.

"What is next for you? What job will you be forced out of next?" host Stephen Colbert joked to Rhee on the program. "Well, hopefully I won't be forced out of any job," Rhee replied, "but I'm trying to figure out what makes sense right now in terms of a next job."

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