Michelle Rhee’s spokeswoman apologizes to Los Angeles Times for ‘misleading’ statement

The Los Angeles Times asked the spokeswoman for former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee if Rhee’s kids attend public or private school.

Michelle Rhee

Michelle Rhee

“She is a public school parent,” said Erin Shaw.

The Times then reported that the former D.C. chancellor’s two kids attend public school in Tennessee.

Not true, said the American Federation of Teachers; one of her daughters attends a private school.

LAT’s Michael J. Mishak writes:

The Times asked Rhee’s spokeswoman again about what type of school Rhee’s children attend.

Shaw declined to answer the question directly. Instead, after multiple emails and phone calls from Times reporters, she issued a statement apologizing for “misleading” the newspaper with her initial response.

“It was not our intention to be misleading. It is our policy not to discuss where Michelle’s children attend school out of respect for their privacy,” the statement says. “While it is true Michelle is a public school parent, we understand how that statement was misleading, and we apologize to the Los Angeles Times.”

Shaw tweeted the first Times story about Rhee, but has yet to send the follow-up article with her apology to her Twitter followers.

* Michelle Rhee, “a public school parent”? (latimes.com)


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