Students First? Michelle Rhee Conspicuously Silent On School Shootings

From March 2012, Michelle Rhee discusses how education impact national security on Soledad O'Brien.

Ah yes...Michelle Rhee and her group, Students First, really really care about the national security risk due to our educaitonal standards. Too bad she can't be bothered to talk about the security risks to our children at the schools she pretends to champion:

In light of the massacre, the Michigan measure, which was backed by GOP representatives and awaits a signature from Gov. Rick Snyder (R), has provoked strong feelings. Sunday's episode of "Meet the Press" included a passionate debate on whether teachers or school administrators should have guns. Also on Sunday, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and David Hecker, president of ATF Michigan, wrote a letter to Snyder urging him to veto the legislation, arguing that "firearms have absolutely no place in our schools."

One group that has taken no position on the legislation is StudentsFirst, the education reform group that was started by former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and that happens to be active in Michigan politics.

Asked about its stance, StudentsFirst spokeswoman Ileana Wachtel said, "StudentsFirst believes that schools have to be a safe haven for kids. It is incumbent upon our elected officials to ensure that every single child is protected, particularly those under the care and direction of our public schools."

Asked whether that means the group supports or opposes the concealed-carry expansion, Wachtel said, "We're focused on education reform policies. That's what we do."

Although the group takes no public position on the measure, StudentsFirst's allies in Michigan politics have no problem with concealed carry in schools. Indeed, the vast majority of the Michigan legislators whom StudentsFirst recently endorsed voted in favor of the legislation. Of 22 legislators who received election endorsements from StudentsFirst, 14 supported the bill (all of them Republican), one voted against it (a Democrat), and seven others aren't in office.

Of course, when you're cozying up to Republican lawmakers and ALEC to bust teachers' unions (which really hasn't been shown to improve education, the school or anyone's experience of modern schools, but I digress), it's probably not politic to oppose them on their gun demands, amirite?

But it does once again expose the lie of the organization's name. Because at no time does Michelle Rhee put students first.


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