New Michelle Rhee/Yellow Journalism Exposé Published by Research Unlimited, Inc.

Veteran author Dr. Roland Rier analyzes Michelle Rhee’s firing of 266 D.C. teachers in 2010 and the media’s attempts to change and control our educational system through their coverage of her.

Washington, DC, August 11, 2012 --( Career educator and author Dr. Roland Rier announced today the release of Michelle Rhee Driven by the News Media, published by Research Unlimited, Inc., of Dover, Delaware. Dr. Rier’s carefully considered overview of the influence corporations and the news media have on our educational system is exemplified in the remarkable story of Michelle Rhee’s rise and fall as the chancellor of the Washington, D.C., school system from 2007 to 2010.

Appointed by Mayor Adrian Fenty at the same time he abolished the D.C. school board, Michelle Rhee had a background that was questionable to many as preparation for the mayor’s newly created position of chancellor of the Washington school system. Rhee’s aggressive and controversial tactics quickly created quite a stir and culminated in her firing of two hundred and sixty-six of the city’s teachers.

“I got rid of teachers who had hit children, who had had sex with children, who had missed seventy-eight days of school,” she explained to a national magazine. However, there was little evidence to back up her claims, and she was soon forced to resign.

Dr. Rier shows how this mass firing removed highly qualified minority teachers who were then replaced by less experienced teachers in order to save the city money on teacher salaries. This was done, unfortunately, only at the expense of the education of the city’s children. In an attempt to gain public support for Rhee’s actions, the news media – functioning as twenty-first century yellow journalism -- launched an assault on educators with a campaign to replace experienced teachers with less experienced teachers from Teach for America.

The author argues that the news media, corporations and powerful educational foundations are attempting to regulate and control the country’s educational systems by removing veteran teachers and reducing the power of the unions. Dr. Rier’s study offers an insightful look at these and other major issues affecting students today, especially those in urban areas.

Michelle Rhee Driven by the News Media is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback white ISBN: 978-0-578-08484-8 SRP: $9.95
e-Book $5.00
Genre: Education/administration

About the author:
Dr. Roland Ashby-Rier, BA, MAT, EdD has devoted his life to education, politics, social issues and the environment. He has served as Chief Evaluator for the Values Education Branch of the District of Columbia Public Schools, as an Assistant Principal, and as Special Assistant to the Associated Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools in addition to teaching preschool, middle school, junior high, high school and college. He was elected to the Democratic State Committee for two four-year terms and he holds a Divisional Superintendent License for the State of Virginia. Dr. Rier has published over fifteen books and articles and he is a member and an officer of the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland. He may be contacted at or Office: 202-986-2705

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