Skip to comments.Education 'Change Agent' Michelle Rhee: The Left Connection [bamboozle and infiltrate]
Posted on 11/18/2012 11:27:55 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Who would have thought the ubiquitous education superstar Michelle Rhee would be sitting next to Andy Stern on the board of the Broad Foundation? Yes, that's right. The Republican governors' siren and CEO of StudentsFirst works alongside the former SEIU leader, who's visited the White House more than anyone else in the past four years and who said "workers of the world, unite" back in 2007.
Stern is the same guy who called the left-leaning former KB Homes executive Eli Broad his "favorite billionaire" in 2005 when the union elites and progressive business owners got together to seriously implement their fundamental transformation of the educational system. Broad is one of Rhee's major investors and once called her the newest exciting change agent.
But you see, no one (except us) on the conservative side appears to be getting the con game going on with Rhee and Broad and, of course, the Obama regime. At the 2008 Hofstra University presidential debate, then-Senator Obama gave a shout-out to newly appointed D.C. Chancellor Rhee as a "wonderful new superintendent who's working very hard." Now, Rhee's name pops up on top of the list for possible replacements if Arne Duncan decides to step down.
Why have so few vetted a woman who has followed Obama's educational game plan to the letter?...........
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Not me, I was one of those conservatives who had no idea.
What does Bill Bennett have to say?
Me too. She’s possibly a spy for the other side (or foreign country).
I understand her method is to make teaching only a 5-6 year career, not a lifelong calling, working 80-90 hours a week, going over to kids’ homes after school to tutor, and other such stuff.
Here is more on Rhee, Johnson and Michelle's ex-husband (who is raising their 2 daughters).
"You have to hand it to Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson: They pulled off the low-key wedding they wanted.
The former D.C. schools chancellor, 41, and the Sacramento mayor, 45, tied the knot in front of about 40 friends Saturday at a Tennessee mountain resort almost a year after they canceled a more lavish ceremony that drew too much media attention for their liking.
.....Which is how theyve always conducted the relationship, first forged through their shared ed-policy wonkery. Rhee and Johnson never officially confirmed they were dating until she showed up at a D.C. meeting two years ago flashing an engagement ring.
For their destination wedding, Rhee and Johnson picked Blackberry Farm, a hotel in Walland, Tenn., where theyd previously stayed a location convenient for her two daughters, who live in Nashville with their father, Kevin Huffman. (Rhees ex-husband winner of The Washington Posts Americas Next Great Pundit contest in 09 was named commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education in the spring. Rhee lives there part time.) Starr, 12, was Rhees maid of honor, and Olivia, 9, was the flower girl. Johnsons best man was his brother Ronnie West. The ceremony was performed by Pastor Alexis Thomas, the mayors minister during his days playing for the NBAs Phoenix Suns. Washington guests included Rhees successor, Kaya Henderson. The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown........"
More on Kaya Henderson from the "Thinker" article:
"....Rhee's crony from TNTP was her number-two in D.C., Kaya Henderson. As Rhee's bodyguard, Henderson kept truth-seekers away. The barely literate Henderson -- e.g., "D.C.'s public schools is [sic] tearing it up" (watch the video) -- now runs the D.C. school system. How convenient. She was able to effectively dissolve the investigations into irrelevancy....."
Thank you for this eye-opening article.
Defund the Department of Education now!
Education, Labor, Green infrastructure, Pension $$$ [aka wealth transfer from taxpayers]:
AFL-CIO Makes $10 Billion Infrastructure Commitment At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) - America yesterday the AFL-CIO announced a $10 billion commitment to invest in America's infrastructure. This commitment puts labors money where their mouth is.
This initiative will help create mechanisms to finance infrastructure projects. Over the next 5 years at least $10 billion will be raised to invest in infrastructure projects beginning with investment specifically geared toward retrofitting large commercial buildings to be energy efficient. The money will be recruited from pension funds, state and federal governments, beginning with union pension funds.
Retrofitting Buildings -- How It Pays Off
Initially $20 million will come from union pension funds to invest in pilot programs retrofitting large public and commercial buildings for energy efficiency. The union money covers the cost of the work. They get the money back over the long term by receiving the difference between the building's current utility bills and the lower utility costs that result from the retrofitting. So along with creating jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign (and Koch) energy sources and helping get America moving again, the pension funds and other financing entities will be paid back directly from the resulting savings on utility bills.
Because the labor organization is willing to make a long-term investment, they can finance this work where other entities will not. It is called patient capital. For an investment of patient capital, you need non-exorbitant but predictable returns. This reduction in utility bills provides just that. This is the first time anyone willing to put enough money in this to get projects like this going. As other investors see the success that results they will join to finance future projects. This project means public buildings can be retrofitted now, without the governments having to come up with any money. Because this is very labor-intensive work it will create many construction jobs.
Other infrastructure projects will follow the initial building-retrofit effort.
The CGI Process
This is a great commitment to be announced at CGI because it fits the CGI model. It is practical, gets something done that is important to do, brings labor, business and government together to solve problems and is completely scalable so if it works it can be rapidly and dramatically expanded.
[American Federation of Teachers] AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades President Mark Ayers [update: died April 2012] announced the project here at CGI-America, with President Clinton explaining to the assembled audience how it will have such a positive impact. Clinton explained that China spends 9% of income on infrastructure, US only 3%.
Investment in infrastructure gets Americans back to work and enhances energy independence, so it is good economics. We dont have the same capacity to amass significant amounts of capital required for these kinds of investments. AFL-CIO investing at least $10 billion from pension funds into Americas infrastructure projects that are competitive and energy efficient, bringes utuilities, labor, government, investors and business groups together.
In addition, AFL-CIO will train 40,000 apprentices as well as 100,000 mid-career construction workers to do this.
Clinton said Rich Trumka couldn't be here, they started talking about this last January, Trumka will report on the progress at the September CGI in New York."
Initially $20 million will come from union pension funds to invest in pilot programs retrofitting large public and commercial buildings for energy efficiency. The union money covers the cost of the work. They get the money back over the long term by receiving the difference between the building's current utility bills and the lower utility costs that result from the retrofitting.
Elon Musk [read: "Obama crony capitalist" of SolarCity, Tesla Auto and SpaceX].
SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), the developer of rooftop solar systems whose chairman is billionaire Elon Musk, is installing panels with 7.4 megawatts of capacity at 26 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The project will save the district more than $776,000 in energy costs in the first year and more than $25 million over 20 years, according to a statement today. SolarCity has installed systems at 17 schools and will add nine more by the first half of next year. Terms of the deal werent disclosed.
SolarCity has installed or is developing power projects at more than 200 U.S. schools, according to the statement. It sells power to residential and commercial customers in 14 states, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Intel Corp.
The company filed this month to to raise more than $200 million in an initial public offering........"
160,000 military buildings to get rooftop arrays "........Recently, SolarCity -- which also expanded to the East Coast this year -- announced the launch of SolarStrong, an audacious, $1 billion project that aims to double the number of residential photovoltaic systems across the U.S. through the installation of rooftop solar arrays on 160,000 homes and other buildings like community centers and administrative buildings on the country's military bases.
In total, 124 different military housing developments in 33 states would partake in the program that is expected to create as many as 6,000 jobs over the next five years, many of them earmarked for U.S. veterans and military families.
Right now, SolarStrong is already under way at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii where, when all is said and done, 2,000 military homes will boast rooftop solar arrays. MNN: 10 surprisingly easy forms of alternative energy
Given the magnitude of the project, it's no surprise the federal government has stepped in to help -- the Department of Energy has extended a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a $344 million loan that will support SolarStrong.................."
GIM: Generation Investment Management LLP co-founders: [Al Gore and David Blood [headed Goldmans $325 billion asset management division] LINKS to their advocacy and editorials.
"The $683 million "Climate Solutions Fund" piece of GIM has made direct, minority investments in a number of cleantech firms including SolarCity, Tigo, Ausra, and SMA." Source Oct. 4, 2012 MORE
She is pure evil though.
An Asian out to not only steal American jobs, but steal a whole profession. She is out to bully American teachers. She has worked both sides of the political aisle. She stands for principals making 6 figures and teachers being run out. She stands for money for education being wasted at the "top" by the "leaders" of education rather than resources being provided and credit being given to the people actually doing the teaching.
She is the unelected queen of education everywhere.
She is the embodiment of why education is going downhill.
How she has managed to work both sides of the political aisle is by telling people in charge whatever they want to hear. She is basically a glamorized golddigging prostitute is my view of everything she is and represents.
Wish she could be exported.
The information below makes sense from SolarCity's, etc, point of view when you understand that the solar panels are installed "free" and then the power is purchased from them.
U.S. solar installers back cheap Chinese imports "Solidarity eludes the U.S. solar power industry as a union of solar installers has rallied against domestic manufacturers in their trade tussle against China.
A group calling itself Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) is countering a SolarWorld led groups request that the Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission investigate China for unfairly subsidizing its solar industry......
CASEs membership includes Alpine Solar Energy, American Solar Systems, Solar City, SunEdison, and Westinghouse Solar.
Sadly we keep handing the top education slots to democrats because we don’t care.
Here In Michigan if Tea Partier Rob Steele had gotten more than the straight ticket votes he would be sitting on the board of regents at UofM. Instead we put two former union reps in the two open seats. In fact democrats took all of the elected statewide education slots for the same reason. We simply didn’t care enough to win them.
Taking kids out of the schools is fine but it doesn’t win in the long term. Its a little like trying to fight WWII while leaving the factories intact.
Hmm.. I’lll take Cass Sunstein for 200 Alex.
Fascinating. Tactics of totalitarians. DEFUND/DISMANTLE the federal Department of Indoctrination. State rights not statists rights. Governors? Beuller? BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM. Thanks for posting, Cincinatus’ Wife.
Maybe that’s why Rhee’s daughters don’t live with her and K.J.
And the agenda continues. The public school system was the first American institution to draw the attention of the progressives about 1880, who at the time still referred to themselves as communists. I believe it was Dewey who laid out the road map leading to the destruction of this nation by using the public school system and the election of a communist president, Obama.
Interesting trick. As in most current solar installations, no doubt there are huge government subsidies to make the deal “work” for everyone concerned, except the taxpayer.
And if energy prices go down due to the existing and predicted declines in natural gas and oil prices, do the unions get an even bigger cut?