Rhee Insists She Has Warm, Fuzzy Side

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    D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michele Rhee is known for being blunt. Rhee is arguably the most controversial person in the District: Everything she says or does is scrutinized and begs for an opinion.

    Rhee's recent remarks about teachers having sex with students, teachers who hit children, and those who were chronically absent set off another firestorm. Council members called for hearings, parents wanted an explanation and some teachers called for her resignation. In the end, she clarified she was talking only about nine teachers.

    But does the tough talking chancellor have a softer side?

    "I'm warm and fuzzy when it comes to some things: kids, and I do these teacher listening sessions a few times a week," she said. "And teachers often come up to me and say, 'You're so much nicer than we thought you were going to be. I like you and I thought I was going to hate you!'"

    "If I could be out in front of people and explaining every single thing that happened every single day, I think nobody would have any issues. The hard part is I run an entire district with 45,000 kids and 4,000 teachers," says Rhee.

    Rhee blames the media for highlighting one or two sentences of an interview and says she "gets" that controversy and conflict sell.

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