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The Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan, wants Vince Gray– who African Americans overwhelmingly voted for in DC’s 2010 mayoral primary– to denounce the electorate that disapproves of Rhee and her divisive approach to implementing school reform in D.C.

Duncan recently told Newsweek that he will talk with Gray about keeping Rhee.   Newsweek reported, “Duncan has some influence with Gray, since the federal department recently announced that D.C. was one of the winners of the national Race to the Top school-reform competition, and stands to win $75 million if it implements the reform Rhee’s administration outlined in its application.”

How dare he attempt to regress this country to the pre-civil rights era when government sanctioned policies “masking taped” the mouths of African Americans and silenced their voice.  The will of the people was expressed at the polls on September 14, 2010.  It is sovereign, inalienable and even the highest ranking government officials are required to respect it.  A presidential appointment doesn’t endow Arnie Duncan with the authority to disregard the democratic process and superimpose his personal wants over the will of U.S. citizens.

To express your concerns regarding Arnie Duncan marginalizing D.C. voters; please contact the White House Office of Public Engagement at 202-456-1111 or via email at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

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I just listened to an audio of Chancellor Michelle Rhee admitting to abusing children when she was a teacher at an inner-city Baltimore school.

Chancellor Rhee tells her new Teach for America employees about how she used masking tape on the mouths of 35 children to keep them quiet.  She jovially elaborates on how their mouths were bleeding and the children were screaming and crying when the masking tape was yanked off.  That’s not the worst part.  What’s more repulsive is that the Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS)—Michelle Rhee—and her new Teach for America employees  found the story hilarious.   Here’s the link to the audio from The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/13/VI2010081305444.html .

The irony is that Chancellor Rhee made false child abuse claims against 266 DC teachers in a national publication, when in fact she’s the one with the questionable judgment and past.

She would have never placed masking tape on the mouths of dogs or children from higher income households; she would have placed them in the “naughty corner,” including Fido.  If this happened to one of her daughters she would have immediately fired the teacher.

For this reason,  DC parents and residents are encouraging all invested parties to express their concerns regarding this debacle. It’s time for the chancellor to be held accountable for her actions.

Please listen to the audio and if you are appalled as we are, please forward the “masking tape abuse” audio, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/13/VI2010081305444.html , with your complaints  to everyone you know and the following contacts:

Meet the Press – Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Robert Bobb and Randi Weingarten joined David Gregory to discuss education reform.  Here’s the link to contact Meet the Presshttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6872152/

David Gregory, host of Meet the Press –  Here’s the link to tweet David Gregory at: http://twitter.com/davidgregory

Oprah Show – Chancellor Rhee appeared on Oprah on September 20, 2010 : http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Waiting-For-Superman_1

Good Morning America in reference to their story on September 16, 2010 on why DC needs Chancellor Rhee:    http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=ABCNews.com%20comments

Vince Gray , DC’s elected Democratic Mayoral candidate: http://www.vincegrayformayor.com/onecity/

DC’s Chairman Vincent Gray’s Office, dslonneger@dccouncil.us

DC’s Councilmember at Large Phil Mendelson’s Office, cduffie@dccouncil.us

DC’s Councilmember at Large Kwane Brown’s Office, iesparza@dccouncil.us

DC’s Councilmember at Large Michael Brown’s Office, lwhartonboyd@dccouncil.us

Joe Madison, contact@joemadison.com

Russ Parr, russparr@therussparrmorningshow.com

Michael Baisen, hotnews@minglecity.com

Tom Joyner Show, karyn.wheat@reachmediainc.com and sheena.lester@reachmediainc.com

Again, here’s the link to Chancellor Rhee explaining how she used masking tape on the mouths of 35 third graders:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/13/VI2010081305444.html

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