Education-reform activist Michelle Rhee announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as chief executive officer of StudentsFirst, the national advocacy organization she launched in 2010, reports The Sacramento Bee.
In a statement to the newspaper, Ms. Rhee said she intends to focus more time on the career and work of her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former basketball star with a rising national political profile. "Kevin and I view our goals in life and public service as a team," she said, noting that Mr. Johnson had played an active role with StudentsFirst.
No date was given for Ms. Rhee's exit as CEO of the Sacramento-based nonprofit. She is expected to remain on the board of the governors of StudentsFirst, which she founded in December 2010 after resigning as Washington, D.C., public schools chancellor following a controversial three-year tenure.
In launching the group, Ms. Rhee set a goal of raising $1-billion to influence U.S. and state-level education policies on issues such as school choice, tenure, and linking teacher evaluations to student performance. StudentsFirst has raised about $62-million to date, including $8-million from the Walton Family Foundation.