MVCD alum, reformer to step down as head of D.C. schools

Michelle Rhee

Toledo native and head of the District of Columbia Public School System will resign at the end of October, bringing to an end a tenure that has drawn national attention.

Rhee, who grew up in Toledo and graduated from Maumee Valley Country Day School in 1988, has been a polarizing figure as the school system's Chancellor, gaining both support and criticism in her drive for education reform.

Earlier this year, Rhee received both backlash and praise after firing many D.C. public school teachers based on their students' standardized test scores.

The MVCDS alum, who says her high school classroom experience helped mold her perspective on education, has been featured in both a new documentary "Waiting for superman" and NBC series "Education Nation."

"You wake up every morning and you know that kids are getting a really crappy education right now," Rhee says in the documentary. Her future in the D.C. school system became uncertain after one of her biggest backer's, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty, lost his reelection bid.

Fenty appointed Rhee to her position as Chancellor in 2007, giving her a mandate to improve one of the worst urban school systems in the country. Since then, Rhee has improved test scores and approved new union contracts.

Rhee, 40, is expected to announce her resignation Wednesday morning in Washington.

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