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To date, few have even noticed the humor in these anti-Rhee campaigns: She cheated on the gains she didn’t make. Wait, she didn’t make gains, but she cheated on the gains she didn’t make. Wait … .

Without a doubt, now is the time to call in the public-policy referee: Should the three-strike rule apply here?

Let’s be blunt. Even if Miss Rhee abandons Students First and becomes a cosmetologist in Provo, Utah, these national school reforms are going to continue. The country is no mood to tolerate persistent academic failures.

Richard Whitmire is author of “The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District” (Jossey-Bass, 2011).