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What the charter and choice movement has done is sell the line, 'All you have to do is look out for your own child.' So escape if you can and leave everyone else behind. Public education is a civic obligation,"
“The concept of educating all people regardless of race, class or socioeconomic status is the engine that has made
a great nation and an economic power” America
“According to CMD, Packard made $19 million from tax dollars paid to K-12 Inc. in 2009 through 2013.”
K-12 Inc., Largest Education Management Organization, Pays CEO $19 Million from Our Taxes
Posted on November 27, 2013 by janresseger
This week the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the
published the fourteenth edition of its report, Profiles
of For-Profit and Nonprofit Education Management Organizations.
According to NEPC’s press release,
“The real growth in the for-profit sector is with companies that operate
virtual schools. The growth of virtual schools, which is fueled by
millions in advertising dollars is astounding because of the sketchy academic
results reported by the schools that operate online.” According to NEPC,
K-12 Inc., the largest for-profit Education Management Organization, now
enrolls 87,091 students in the 57 virtual schools it operates across the
states. University of Colorado
“What does K12 Inc. do with all that money? According to new data, it does not educate children very well (only 27.7 percent of K12 Inc. online schools met state standards in 2010-2011, compared to 52 percent of public schools), but it does pay its CEO very well. From 2009-2013, Packard made over $19 million in compensation, and compensation to his top executives skyrocketed 96 percent in 2013. Thank you taxpayers!”
The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRWatch Posted by PRW STAFF on November 19, 2013
Center for Media and Democracy Exposes
“Highest Paid Government Workers” America
New initiative will expose the CEOs who take over public services and divert millions of tax dollars out of communities and into their pockets
) – The Center for Media and
Democracy (CMD) today launched “ Madison,
Highest Paid Government Workers,” a new initiative that will expose the
taxpayer-funded salaries of CEOs whose corporations make billions by taking
control of public services. …Today, CMD
puts the spotlight on Ron Packard, CEO of K12 Inc., America ’s highest paid
K12 Inc. is a publicly-traded (NYSE: LRN) for-profit, online education company headquartered in
On its own and as a member of
the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), K12 Inc. has pushed a
national agenda to replace bricks and mortar classrooms with computers and
replace actual teachers with "virtual" ones. As K12 Inc. notes in its
most recent 10-K, "most of (its) revenues depend on per pupil funding
amounts and payment formulas" from government contracts for virtual public
charter schools and "blended schools" (combining online with
traditional instruction), among other products. Herndon, Virginia
In 2013, K12 Inc. took in $848.2 million from its business, with $730.8 million coming from its "managed public schools" and thus the
p. 69). In other words, over 86 percent of the company’s profits are due to
What does K12 Inc. do with all that money? According to new data, it does not educate children very well (only 27.7 percent of K12 Inc. online schools met state standards in 2010-2011, compared to 52 percent of public schools), but it does pay its CEO very well. From 2009-2013, Packard made over $19 million in compensation, and compensation to his top executives skyrocketed 96 percent in 2013. Thank you taxpayers!
Not bad for a novice “teacher” and former Goldman Sachs executive who started K12 Inc. with a $10 million investment from convicted junk-bond king Michael Milken (his boss at Knowledge Learning) and $30 million more from other Wall Street investors.
Learn more about K12 Inc. in the Sourcewatch corporate profile.
K12, Inc. Executive Compensation - Morningstar
“Remarkably, the governor has not made one documented visit to a district-run Philly school during his time in office.”
How education funding became Gov. Corbett's big problem
Though Gov. Tom Corbett has never visited Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, his presence there looms large. “Our staff is starting to fall apart,” says teacher Amy Roat, who provides a rapid-fire audit of her middle school’s condition during a short break between classes. “We probably have lost about 40 percent of our staff over the last three years,” even though the city school enrolls about 610 students, nearly the same number as before, and mostly all of them are poor. Like many teachers, Roat blames the problems at her school partly on Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2011 budget: It cut more than $865 million in K-12 public education funds. This year, the
District of Philadelphia,
by far ’s
largest with 135,149 students and 58,643 more enrolled in charters, had to make
deep cuts to close a $304 million shortfall. Pennsylvania
Councilman Green among top picks to lead Phily SRC
KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Friday,
November 29, 2013,
City Councilman Bill Green and former Convention Center head Al Mezzaroba are Gov. Corbett's top choices to lead the School Reform Commission, multiple sources say.
A second SRC seat becomes vacant in January, and the top contenders for that post, the sources say, are Farah Jimenez, who leads the People's
and Keith Leaphart, a doctor and entrepreneur.
Few details are known about the views of most of the likely nominees,
who would all be subject to confirmation by the state Senate. But Green has
made no secret of his stance - that he has "radical and
transformative" ideas for the ailing Emergency Center . Philadelphia School
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20131129_Councilman_Green_among_top_picks_to_lead_SRC.html#EMZCGcYQvL3KDEx9.99
TribLive.com By David Conti Published: Thursday,
Nov. 28, 2013,
In a pair of
schools built at the beginning of the last century, students are learning
through a 21st century model of education.
Teams of educators teach second-graders about community service. Every
student gets at least 80 minutes of science instruction a day. Instead of
separate social science and English classes, eighth-graders learn cultural
literacy through group projects. The
has no textbooks. Environmental Charter School
In a pair of
“We're building the creative brain to be a flexible thinker,” said Jon McCann, CEO of the charter school that opened in 2008 and is looking to expand.
The Heron's Nest: Delco's version of ‘The Hunger Games,' 21,000 kids living in poverty
By Phil Heron, Editor,
Times County Daily 11/27/13
How ironic is it that just a few days before we sit down to a feast in which he recount the things we are grateful for, we learn that is not exactly the case for lots of needy children in
. Call it Delco’s own version of the ‘The
Hunger Games.’ Delaware
A report from the child advocacy group Public Citizens for Children and Youth issued their second troubling report about
in two weeks. Delaware
Few kids have access to public preschool in
survey finds Pa.
WHYY Newsworks by Mary Wilson
NOVEMBER 29, 2013
A recent study shows
has some work to do to prepare young children for school. Pennsylvania
The finding by the advocacy group Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children reveals just under 16 percent of young children have access to public early education in the commonwealth.
State funding for early education has been either cut or stagnant for the past few years, said spokesman Mike Race, leading to declines in the percentage of children in publicly funded pre-K.
WHTM ABC27 By Myles Snyder Posted: Nov 26, 2013 EST
Lincoln Park seeking financially responsible CEO
2013 | Updated:
, Wed Nov 27, 2013.
By Bill Utterback email@example.com | 2 comments
Lincoln Park chief executive officer Rebecca Manning
resigned in September, after it was revealed that she was involved in a
business venture with former director Nick
Trombetta is facing federal charges related to tax fraud and his relationships with various educational entities.
The Gates Foundation that helped sponsor the Common Core also funded public relations campaigns for it nationwide through organizations including $260,000 to the
Business Council and $700,000 to the Partnerships for Children Pennsylvania
Benso: We can’t afford to wait on raising standards
thenotebook by Joan Benso on
27 2013 Posted in Commentary
Joan Benso is the president and CEO of
Partnerships for Children. Pennsylvania
There’s been a lot of much-needed discussion about
’s academic standards – known as
Core Standards – and the related Keystone Exams for high school
students. Much of that talk has focused on school funding issues, the notion of
“over testing” students, and fears of unfunded state mandates being pushed on
school districts. Pennsylvania
Those arguments have clouded the main reason the Pennsylvania Core Standards and Keystone Exams are badly needed. For too long,
schools have been graduating
tens of thousands of students each year who failed to show proficiency in core
subjects like reading and math. In 2012 alone, one-third of all Pennsylvania public high
school graduates - about 44,000 kids statewide - did not score proficient or
advanced on the 11th grade PSSAs or the 12th grade retake, but they
were handed a diploma anyway. Pennsylvania
And if you think these unprepared students come from only a handful of high-poverty or low-performing school districts, you’re wrong. These students come from all types of schools throughout the state, not just our most distressed ones. In fact, 428 of
500 school districts and 74 charter schools and career and technical centers
graduated at least 20 percent more students in 2012 than scored proficient or
advanced on the 11th grade PSSAs. Pennsylvania
Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began more than five years ago, according to its Web site. The foundation has spent well over $170 million to support the creation and implementation of Common Core State Standards, and has been praised by supporters for its philanthropy and questioned by critics who worry about wealthy private citizens using their personal fortunes to impact public policy.
Nation desperate for youth interest in teaching
ESchool News By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, November 25th, 2013
Let’s face it: Being a teacher doesn’t sound all that glamorous to many of today’s students. However, with many teachers facing retirement in the next few years, as well as the lack of youth interest in teaching, the
may face a
significant teaching shortage. That’s where Make More comes
in. Make More is an
integrated campaign to recruit “the next great generation of teachers.” The
campaign was inspired by recent data revealing that half of the nation’s
teachers will retire over the next decade, but only nine percent of top
students consider the profession a viable career. U.S.
NY Parents & students send a heartfelt message to the Mayor-Elect about high-stakes tests and the next NYC schools chancellor
Parent Voices NY Published on Nov 24, 2013. Video runtime: 3:24
“The concept of educating all people regardless of race, class or socioeconomic status is the engine that has made
a great nation and an
economic power,” Robles said in a statement. “Society has asked public
schools to carry a heavier load, to cut back their budgets, to pass all
the tests, to feed the hungry, to minister to the sick, to be all things to all
people. And you know what? They are doing a pretty amazing job.” America
Business Leaders help San Antonio Districts Launch "Go Public" Campaign
Facing an influx of new charter schools to the area and coping with state-level budget cuts,
's 15 school
districts have united behind a campaign to emphasize the benefits of
traditional public schools. The "We Go Public" effort, which will
feature social media outreach along with radio and TV ads, will focus on what
it calls the "core strengths" of local public schools, including
the experienced teaching corps, a variety of extracurricular
activities, diversity in learning experiences and the sense of community
the schools provide. The initiative is co-chaired by three of Bexar
County ’s business leaders: USAA CEO
Josue Robles, Toyota Manufacturing President Chris Nielsen, and CST Brands
CEO Kim Bowers. San Antonio
Center for Public Education - The Edifier by Jim Hull
November 27, 2013
With the 2012 PISA results set to be released on Tuesday you will probably hear a lot of doom and gloom about how the
doesn’t fair well on international assessments. You’ll probably be bombarded
with references to the 2009 U.S. PISA results showing
students ranked 24th and 19th in math and
science respectively. Such statistics
are true but you should be warned such statistics don’t tell the whole truth.
results should not be ignored they only tell part of the story
of how U.S.
schools compare to schools around the world. There are a myriad of other
indicators that are useful in comparing U.S. schools internationally. Yet, U.S. results get all the
headlines because of our mediocre performance especially in math and science.
But when you take a broader look at how PISA U.S.
schools perform, you’ll see our schools compare more favorably to other
results would suggest. PISA
“In 2009, Arne was the new sheriff in town, with big boxes of ammunition and a shiny new gun,” said Frederick Hess, an education analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “Now, it’s later in the movie and he’s all out of bullets and he’s trying to scare states by shaking a stick at them.”
“There’s no clear evidence that
prescriptions are helping.” Duncan
Arne Duncan schooled in limits of power
By STEPHANIE SIMON |
Arne Duncan brought the most ambitious reform agenda in years to the Department of Education — and a determination to use every lever of power to accomplish it.
The results were stunning: In barely a year, more than 100 state laws were passed to open public schools to competition and set tough new standards for students and teachers.
won allies on the right and the left, becoming one of the few Cabinet members
with bipartisan support. Duncan
But the agenda he began to advance in 2009 has now hit serious roadblocks, highlighting the limits of federal power over education. States are balking at reforms they pledged to implement in exchange for grants and waivers from federal law. An unprecedented $5 billion intervention in the nation’s worst schools has yielded incremental results, at best. A noisy opposition to
reforms has emerged — and it only grew noisier this month when Duncan dissed “white
suburban moms” for opposing the new Common Core academic
standards because the tough tests made their kids look bad. To top it off, there’s no clear evidence that
prescriptions are boosting student achievement, though his backers say it’s
still too early to tell Duncan
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/arne-duncan-education-secretary-100372.html#ixzz2lqo5dugI
Bill Gates Imposes Microsoft Model on School Reform: Only to Have the Company Junk It After It Failed
New school systems are stuck with a model designed to trash teachers, while Microsoft employees collaborate and work on teams.
AlterNet / By David Morris
November 26, 2013 |
Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, Bill Gates declared in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy model for public schools. “At Microsoft, we believed in giving our employees the best chance to succeed, and then we insisted on success. We measured excellence, rewarded those who achieved it and were candid with those who did not.”
Adopting the Microsoft model means public schools grading teachers, rewarding the best and being “candid”—that is, firing those who are deemed ineffective. "If you do that,” Gates promised Oprah Winfrey, “then we go from being basically at the bottom of the rich countries to being back at the top."
NPE National Conference 2014
The Network for Public Education
November 24, 2013
The Network for Public Education is pleased to announce our first National Conference. The event will take place on March 1 & 2, 2014 (the weekend prior to the world-famous South by Southwest Festival) at The
University of Texas
at . At the NPE National Conference 2014, there
will be panel discussions, workshops, and a keynote address by Diane Ravitch.
NPE Board members – including Anthony Cody, Leonie Haimson, and Julian Vasquez
Heilig – will lead discussions along with some of the important voices of our
In the coming weeks, we will release more details. In the meantime, make your travel plans and click this link and submit your email address to receive updates about the NPE National Conference 2014.
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You will need a wealth of information quickly as you jump out of the starting block and hit the ground running as a newly elected member of the board of school directors. New board members, as well as veterans who might like a refresher, will want to make the most of the opportunity to attend PSBA's New Board Member Training Program: Great Governance,
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EPLC is recruiting current undergraduate or graduate students to serve as part-time interns
EPLC is recruiting current undergraduate or graduate students to serve as part-time interns beginning January or May of 2014 in the downtown
offices. One intern will support education policy work including the Harrisburg Funding Campaign. The second
intern position will support the work of the Pennsylvania School Arts Education Network. Ideal
candidates have an interest/course work in political science/public policy,
social studies, the arts or education and also have strong research, communications,
and critical thinking skills. The internship is unpaid, but free parking is
available. Weekly hours of the internship are negotiable. To apply or to
suggest a candidate, please email Mattie Robinson for further
information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pennsylvania
The Last Waltz Philly benefit for
Children at the Trocadero on Saturday, November 30th Philadelphia School
WXPN The Key
November 5, 2013 | | By Bruce Warren
On Saturday, November 30th the Trocadero Theatre hosts The Last Waltz Philly, a benefit for
school children. Producers of the event Fergus Carey (owner of Fergie’s, Monk’s
Cafe, Belgian Cafe and Grace Tavern), Philadelphia
Dilworth (of Bonfire Booking), singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke, and musician and
producer Kevin Hanson. The Last Waltz, a concert by rock group The Band and featuring numerous
guest musicians including Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Joni
Mitchell, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and others, was held on
Thanksgiving in 1976. The Last Waltz Philly will celebrate the music of The
Band’s farewell show all for an excellent cause. Bryan
Proceeds will benefit four Philadelphia organizations that focus on education: Parents United for Public Education, the Passyunk Square Civic Association Education Committee, theFriends of Horatio B. Hackett School and the School District of Philadelphia’s Music Education Instrument Repair Program.
The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition April 5-7, 2014
The National School Boards Association 74th Annual Conference & Exposition will be held at the
Convention Center in Our
first time back in New Orleans, LA.
since the spring of 2002! New Orleans
General Session speakers include education advocates Thomas L. Friedman, Sir Ken Robinson, as well as education innovators Nikhil Goyal and Angela Maiers.
We have more than 200 sessions planned! Colleagues from across the country will present workshops on key topics with strategies and ideas to help your district. View our Conference Brochure for highlights on sessions and focus presentations.
· Register now! – Register for both the conference and housing using our online system.
· Conference Information– Visit the NSBA conference website for up-to-date information
· Hotel List and Map - Official NSBA Housing Block
· Exposition Campus – View new products and services and interactive trade show floor
Questions? Contact NSBA at 800-950-6722 (NSBA) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.
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