John Merrow is freakin’ unbelievable.
The guy once was in love with MichelleRhee.*
While I don’t think my reporting for the NewsHour was puffery, we did produce twelve (!) pieces about her efforts over the 40 months — about two hours of primetime coverage. That’s an awful lot of attention.
Did anyone else get that much air time from us? Well, yes, we also produced twelve reports about Paul Vallas in New Orleans. But Vallas never received the positive treatment (or even the coverage) from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Charlie Rose, et alia, that Rhee did back in 2007-2009.
Were we skeptical enough about the ‘miracle’ gains in her first year? Unfortunately not. So we certainly helped create the public phenomenon that is “Michelle Rhee.”
Oh, so he also had an affair with Paul Vallas. Which makes Merrow a serial lover.
Now that MichelleRhee has been proven to be the certified cheater we had suspected she was, he’s acting like they barely knew each other.
Okay. Maybe they dated now and then.
But his main point is that she is the fault of the teacher unions.
It seems to me that U(nions) also created the social phenomenon that is “Michelle Rhee”–and are now reaping that bitter fruit.
How did we in the teacher unions create MichelleRhee?
We were too intransigent, says Merrow.
If we only had gone along with the corporate agenda of charter schools, testing everything that breathes, linking student test scores to teacher performance evaluations and doing away with tenure and seniority then we wouldn’t have created MichelleRhee.
The weird thing is that I think we did go along with all those things.
*She calls he group StudentsFirst (one word), so I call her MichelleRhee (one word). A silly joke. I know.