Michelle Rhee spent a stormy three years in the public eye as the embattled Schools Chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools. Employing a "kids first" philosophy, she chopped heads in the top-heavy administration, firing dozens of dead wood principals, laying off hundreds of extraneous office workers and closing over 20 underperforming schools.
Although students' test scores improved dramatically during her brief, her anti-union stance proved unpopular. Mayor Fenty's reelection bid was basically a referendum on whether the city wished to continue with Rhee's scorched earth philosophy. When he lost, her days were numbered, so she handed in her resignation.
A mother of two, Rhee is married to former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who is now the Mayor of Sacramento, Calif.