Saturday, May 27, 2017

Betsy DeVos' Bad, Bad, Very Bad Week

Betsy DeVos' Bad, Bad, Very Bad Week:

Betsy DeVos' Bad, Bad, Very Bad Week

Betsy DeVos' week went from bad to worse, reminding educators, parents, lawmakers and other public education advocates that she is willing to say anything to eliminate vital education services in pursuit of her and President Trump's number one goal: creating a national private school voucher program. In her defense of vouchers, charter schools, deep budget cuts and the elimination of education services and programs, DeVos painted a picture based on mischaracterizations, half-truths, slights and falsehoods.

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Ignores how Indiana voucher program harms students

DeVos began her week speaking to the American Federation for Children, a national voucher advocacy group she founded, funded and chaired until she was picked by Trump to be secretary of education. DeVos spoke in glowing terms about the state's voucher program, the nation's largest at a cost of $146 million and with more than 34,000 students. What DeVos didn't mention about the Indiana program (and most other voucher programs):* Voucher schools get to choose which students they accept.* Voucher schools have the right to turn away students with disabilities and deny them their rights.* Fifty-five percent of the students who use vouchers were already attending private schools, belying a central justification for the program, that it was designed to benefit students from low-income families.* The voucher program has created a $53 million deficit in the state’s education budget.* Voucher schools receiving taxpayer money are not required to submit annual financial reports, resulting in cases of financial mismanagement and fraud.* Voucher schools can deny a student based on academic or disciplinary history.
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DeVos began her week speaking to the American Federation for Children, a national voucher advocacy group she founded, funded and chaired until she was picked by Trump to be secretary of education. DeVos spoke in glowing terms about the state's voucher program, the nation's largest at a cost of $146 million and with more than 34,000 students.
What DeVos didn't mention about the Indiana program (and most other voucher programs):
* Voucher schools get to choose which students they accept.
* Voucher schools have the right to turn away students with disabilities and deny them their rights.
* Fifty-five percent of the students who use vouchers were already attending private schools, belying a central justification for the program, that it was designed to benefit students from low-income families.
* The voucher program has created a $53 million deficit in the state’s education budget.
* Voucher schools receiving taxpayer money are not required to submit annual financial reports, resulting in cases of financial mismanagement and fraud.
* Voucher schools can deny a student based on academic or disciplinary history.

Calls educators, public school advocates "flat-earthers"

While in Indianapolis, moments after saying "education should not be a partisan issue" and imploring listeners, "Everyone – in both parties – should support equal opportunity in education," DeVos described advocates of public schools as "flat-earthers."Wittingly or unwittingly burning bridges once again with the millions of women and men who strive everyday to teach and safeguard the 90% of students who attend public schools, DeVos said, "Defenders of our current system have regularly been resistant to any meaningful change. In resisting, these 'flat-earthers' have chilled creativity and stopped American kids from competing at the highest levels."I wonder how many public school educators feel DeVos' statement contributes to meaningful dialogue?
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While in Indianapolis, moments after saying "education should not be a partisan issue" and imploring listeners, "Everyone – in both parties – should support equal opportunity in education," DeVos described advocates of public schools as "flat-earthers."
Wittingly or unwittingly burning bridges once again with the millions of women and men who strive everyday to teach and safeguard the 90% of students who attend public schools, DeVos said, "Defenders of our current system have regularly been resistant to any meaningful change. In resisting, these 'flat-earthers' have chilled creativity and stopped American kids from competing at the highest levels."
I wonder how many public school educators feel DeVos' statement contributes to meaningful dialogue?

Compares choosing schools to choosing a phone

In DeVos' world -- and that of other corporate ed reformers -- schools are interchangeable commodities. Want a new phone or a new education delivery system? Consumers just have to choose among the various options and sales pitches, right?According to an analogy drawn up by DeVos in Indianapolis, neighborhood public schools are the equivalent of the flip phones of yesteryear. But one of many differences: you can return a defective phone to the manufacturer; parents have no such options when their child's voucher school shutters without notice in the middle of the school year. Or what about the virtual school that doesn't track student participation online? Or the voucher school that hires non-certificated teachers?Said DeVos, "10 years ago, I was really attached to my flip phone. It was cutting edge technology, and it worked great. Today, I like my current smartphone – a lot – but I refuse to think there could never be a future improvement or a better model. We should embrace the promise of new solutions that challenge the way things currently are. It's called progress."
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In DeVos' world -- and that of other corporate ed reformers -- schools are interchangeable commodities. Want a new phone or a new education delivery system? Consumers just have to choose among the various options and sales pitches, right?
According to an analogy drawn up by DeVos in Indianapolis, neighborhood public schools are the equivalent of the flip phones of yesteryear. But one of many differences: you can return a defective phone to the manufacturer; parents have no such options when their child's voucher school shutters without notice in the middle of the school year. Or what about the virtual school that doesn't track student participation online? Or the voucher school that hires non-certificated teachers?
Said DeVos, "10 years ago, I was really attached to my flip phone. It was cutting edge technology, and it worked great. Today, I like my current smartphone – a lot – but I refuse to think there could never be a future improvement or a better model. We should embrace the  Betsy DeVos' Bad, Bad, Very Bad Week:

Screw U – Have You Heard

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Betsy DeVos’ top advisor led a for-profit university that defrauded students and hoovered up federal student aid. Now Robert Eitel is tasked with *right-sizing* the Department of Education. What could possibly go wrong?
Jennifer Berkshire: This week Betsy DeVos announced that she was tasking one of her top advisors, Robert Eitel, formerly of Bridgepoint Education, Inc., with overseeing the *right sizing* of the Department of Education. Bridgepoint has something of, um, an interesting backstory that I’d like you to walk us through. Start in 2005 when the company purchased a nun-run Iowa college and blew it up into an online behemoth.
Christopher Crowley: So Bridgepoint Education was started by a group of former University of Phoenix executives who were able to get Wall Street seed money and then used that money to buy a small college in Iowa called the Franciscan University of the Prairies. When Bridgepoint bought the college in 2005, there were around 300 Screw U – Have You Heard:
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New Director of Audits and Investigations Division - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

New Director of Audits and Investigations Division - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education):

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints Kimberly Tarvin as Director of Audits and Investigations Division
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SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today the appointment of Kimberly Tarvin as the new Director of the Audits and Investigations Division at the California Department of Education. She began her assignment May 8, 2017.
A Certified Public Accountant, Tarvin brings more than two decades of auditing and management experience to her new role. She spent the past 20 years working for the California Department of Finance’s Office of State Audits and Investigations leading and managing various audit teams and other department-wide projects. At the CDE, Tarvin will oversee internal, external, and investigative audits to ensure compliance with federal and state programs.
“Kimberly is a veteran leader whose auditing experience and expertise is second to none,” Torlakson said. “I am delighted to welcome her to the California Department of Education.”
A Sacramento native, Tarvin holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Sacramento State. She began her state government career in 1992 in the Audit Division at the California Department of Housing and Community Development and moved to the Department of Finance in 1996.
Tarvin replaces Kevin Chan, who retired in April.


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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100
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