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Forget "The Situtation,” Jersey Wants Michelle Rhee

Outgoing D.C. Schools chancellor reportedly eyed for NJ education position

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:17 PM EDT
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Forget "The Situtation,” Jersey Wants Michelle Rhee

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Michelle Rhee

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Michelle Rhee may be leaving her job in the nation’s capital, but it doesn’t seem like she’ll be struggling to find work.

Just one week after announcing that she was stepping down from her position as D.C. Schools chancellor at the end of the month, Rhee is being sought by the state of New Jersey.

Several New Jersey websites are reporting that Gov. Chris Christie is courting Rhee to become the state’s next education commissioner.

According to NJ.com, Rhee quickly dismissed Christie’s inquiry, because she thought he wanted her to run the Newark Public School system.  Instead, the governor was reportedly looking at Rhee to run the state’s entire education department.

Rhee has been at the forefront of nationwide education reform.  Her recent appearance in the film “Waiting For Superman” also landed her a guest spot on “Oprah.”

Rhee has not confirmed any of her future plans.  However, there are reports that Rhee is not interested in the New Jersey position because of the distance from her family.  She is planning to wed Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

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