Rhee to visit Georgia this week

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ATLANTA - Former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is traveling to Georgia to meet with Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers this week.

Rhee, who is now head of education reform advocacy group StudentsFirst, will meet with Deal on Thursday at 11 a.m. just before a luncheon with the state House Education Committee. Rhee is touring the country talking to state lawmakers about education reform initiatives, particularly those dealing with teacher evaluations and performance.

Georgia is piloting a new teacher evaluation system in 26 school districts, including Richmond County, with its $400 million federal "Race to the Top" grant. Lawmakers hope to eventually make the system statewide.

After three years as head of D.C. schools, the outspoken Rhee stepped down last year when her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty, lost re-election.

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StudentsFirst: http://www.studentsfirst.org

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