NASHVILLE, Tenn.—LGBT rights advocates have criticized former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee over her group’s decision to honor a Tennessee lawmaker who co-authored the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Daily Kos on April 26 reported StudentsFirst chose state Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) as its 2012 “reformer of the year” in the Volunteer State. Votesmart.org also notes StudentsFirst contributed $6,500 to the Republican’s 2012 re-election campaign.
Ragan’s measure once again died in a Tennessee House subcommittee in March.
Rhee resigned as chancellor of the nation’s capital’s public schools in 2010 after current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defeated then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary.