11 Leaders to Watch in 2011

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Michelle Rhee founder/CEO, StudentsFirst

The controversial education activist may no longer helm the DC public school system but she’s continuing to shape the debate over school reform at her new nonprofit, StudentsFirst. The grassroots group promotes the same principles Rhee championed during her tenure as chancellor in DC: school choice, teacher evaluation, minimal bureaucracy, and parental involvement. Her immediate goal: to recruit one million members and raise $1 billion by the end of 2011. With Rhee riding the momentum of a heated nationwide debate—and a star role in the recent documentary, Waiting for Superman—she just might make it.