The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District

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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.

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"An inspiration to all of us in the education reform movement,Rhee is a passionate and tenacious advocate for public-schoolchildren, particularly those in poor communities. Her successes andsetbacks, as we see in The Bee Eater, are a guide to all ofus who want to transform the calcified bureaucracy of our educationsystem and change the odds for poor children."
Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children'sZone

"In The Bee Eater, Whitmire provides us with the lessonslearned from Rhee's leadership of the D.C. public schools. We allowe Rhee enormous gratitude for her courage and for raising the baron strategies to help all of our kids achieve. And just like wewant for our kids, this book helps all of us adults learn and growas well."
David Levin and Mike Feinberg, KIPP charter schoolsco-founders

"We have a real problem in this country when I can look at achild's zip code and tell you whether they will get a goodeducation. Michelle Rhee refused to accept this situation andbecame a force for moving the system to where it should be. In thisvolume Richard Whitmire provides a compelling chronicle of herefforts and those of other innovative reformers who seek totransform the lives of our nation's young people through publiceducation."
Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary ofState

"Rhee refused to accept a school system that excused its ownfailures by pretending poor, mostly minority kids couldn't beeducated. Despite Rhee's successes, the defenders of the status quofought back tenaciously. Whitmire captures this epic battle in apage-turning, must-read book about education, politics, and thefuture of our nation."
Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York CityDepartment of Education

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The Bee Eater chronicles the extraordinary life and work ofthe dynamic and controversial school reformer Michelle Rhee. Theauthor delves into Rhee's childhood (as the only Korean American inher graduating class in her Toledo, Ohio school), her firstteaching job in a West Baltimore classroom (where she once ate abee to the amazement of her students), her appointment aschancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools and her launch ofChildren First, her national advocacy group that draws on the toughlessons of Washington. While the book reveals Rhee's remarkableaccomplishments, it also explores many of the fundamental problemsin our current education system, the unpredictable politicsofleadership — and her shortcomings.

When Michelle Rhee first arrived in Washington, she found aschool district that had been so dysfunctional for so long thatmany had given up, choosing to blame race and poverty rather thanpoor instruction. There was no one being held accountable. Thedistrict central office had become an adult employment center, aplace to deposit job seekers. Rhee was convinced that Washington'sinner city students could achieve, but considerable obstacles stoodin the way — obstacles that needed removing.

Guided by the principles of outstanding leadership, strictaccountability, and the power of effective teaching, Rhee wasdetermined to turn around the Washington, D.C. schools. Herencounters with community politics and long-simmering racialtensions, and her battles with central office bureaucrats andteachers' unions, were so extraordinary that her efforts werefeatured in Time, Newsweek, The Wall StreetJournal, and a lengthy PBS series.

The Bee Eater holds the promise of educational excellencefor today's students and for tomorrow's school reformers.

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