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Former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee was in attendance at the Republican National Convention. During her time in the District, her work to reform D.C. schools was considered controversial, and in many cases divisive. But at the RNC in Tampa, she was preaching unity.

Rhee says the Republican and Democratic parties have more similarities than differences when it comes to education. For example, she says both presidential candidates have supported school choice, teacher quality and the need for high performing charter schools. But Rhee says she still has some concerns about the GOP's approach to education.

"From the Romney camp, the one thing I'm most concerned about is accountability," says Rhee. "Are they going to remain strong in accountability? There are those like the Tea Party who don't want any federal involvement in the schools."

Rhee was also asked if she would take a position such as Secretary of Education in a Romney administration. She says, "That's a no."

"I'm a diehard Democrat, and I'm sure Romney has a very long list of Republicans who support their priorities they'll be going after," she says.

Rhee says she's frustrated that neither candidate is talking enough about education.

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