Monday, July 26, 2010

Lawmakers Question Salaries at Nonprofits - NYTimes.com

Lawmakers Question Salaries at Nonprofits - NYTimes.com

Lawmakers Seeking Cuts Look at Nonprofit Salaries




State and federal officials are starting to take their knives to the pay of leaders of nonprofit groups they do business with to help share the pain of tighter budgets.
Joyce Dopkeen for The New York Times
Roxanne Spillett, the chief executive of Boys & Girls Clubs, was paid $988,591 in 2008.

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A provision in New Jersey’s recently passed budget, for example, includes a limit on what nonprofit groups can pay their chief executives if they are providing social services under state contracts. The cap, based on a formula that also applies to for-profits providing such services on behalf of the state, is part of a broader effort by Gov. Chris Christie to rein in salaries on state workers.
In New Hampshire, Attorney General Michael A. Delaney is investigating compensation among nonprofit hospital executives. And Vermont legislators are trying various ways of curbing salaries paid by nonprofit groups that have contracts with the state.
On Capitol Hill, four senators this spring refused to approve a $425 million package of federal grants for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America after staff members looked at the organization’s tax forms as part of a routine vetting process and were surprised to learn that the organization paid its chief executive almost $1 million in 2008 — $510,774 in salary and bonus and $477,817 in retirement and other benefits.
“A nearly $1 million salary and benefit package for a nonprofit executive is not only questionable

School Tech Connect: Hats Off To Brave Reporting

School Tech Connect: Hats Off To Brave Reporting

Hats Off To Brave Reporting

I continue to be amazed a Sharon Higgins' dogged tracking of the Gulen school network that has cropped up in the American public charter school system. She's on the case again, on both her web sites. It's a difficult, almost radioactive topic because xenophobes and hatemongers get hold of these things and run with them. Nobody ever follows up on the story, probably because you put yourself in unsavory company when you call

Blog U.: Enterprise vs. Consumer Learning Technologies - Technology and Learning - Inside Higher Ed

Blog U.: Enterprise vs. Consumer Learning Technologies - Technology and Learning - Inside Higher Ed


  • Enterprise vs. Consumer Learning Technologies

    By Joshua Kim July 26, 2010 9:03 pm
    The 7/22 article in the NYTimes, "Windows Upgrade Helps Microsoft to a Record Quarter," got me thinking about enterprise vs. consumer platforms in our world of learning tech. Microsoft is making tons of money on enterprise licenses, but its stock price remains flat because their consumer brand continues to erode. In a world of iPads and iPhones, apparently consumer sales are where Wall Street sees future growth potential.
    What is the distribution and breakdown of consumer vs. enterprise technologies in higher

Eduflack: Around the Edu-Horn, July 26, 2010

Eduflack: Around the Edu-Horn, July 26, 2010

Around the Edu-Horn, July 26, 2010

RT @usedgov Fifteen teachers from around the country selected as Teaching Ambassador Fellows for 2010-11.http://go.usa.gov/Ooz

RT @PoliticsK12 Blog: Race to Top Finalists Unveiled Tomorrow: Who Makes the Cut? http://bit.ly/bmucMH

RT @Larryferlazzo Civil rights groups skewer Obama education policy" Wash Post http://bit.ly/bragUt

Renting college textbooks -- http://tinyurl.com/34zogyg

Test prep for kindergarten? http://tinyurl.com/22pbc4q

Education chief: Let voters decide mayor's role with DPS | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Education chief: Let voters decide mayor's role with DPS | freep.com | Detroit Free Press

Education chief: Let voters decide mayor's role with DPS

BY CHASTITY PRATT DAWSEY
FREE PRESS EDUCATION WRITER
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last year the Detroit Public Schools were ground zero for public education and the district’s crises kept him up at night, but today he said the system faces a “tremendous” opportunity.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Duncan said he is hopeful partly due to the public discussion about giving the mayor authority over the DPS. He is encouraging Detroit and other big cities to consider this path, saying that, with broad support, it can work. 
Tuesday’s Detroit City Council meeting could be the third and final chance for a vote on whether to place a non-binding question on the November ballot asking Detroiters

Schools Matter: Wake County Republicans Try to Make Resegregation Plan All About Busing

Schools Matter: Wake County Republicans Try to Make Resegregation Plan All About Busing

Wake County Republicans Try to Make Resegregation Plan All About Busing

Until national attention was finally drawn to the racist Tea Party's Gang of Five on the Wake County School Board, the Republican Party had been content to let the haters of Wake's school diversity plan frame their argument as being opposed to liberal "social engineering." This thinly disguised racist meme was uttered by all of the Tea Partiers who were working overtime to overturn the successful Wake County diversity plan, whether it was Little John Tedesco at a big Tea Party rally or anti-diversity pioneer, Susan Matson, who could not wait to see an end to the "social engineering" that had brought Wake County to the point where there were, indeed, no

School Tech Connect: An Opportunity To Learn

School Tech Connect: An Opportunity To Learn

An Opportunity To Learn

We're back. Bug-bitten, and better than ever. Looks like the National Opportunity To Learn Group has pushed out its plan for ESEA. On first pass, it's hard to find a sentence in there that I disagree with, but ever the skeptic, I'm sure I'll find one eventually.

On a given day, I triage through several hundred Twitter messages about what's good for kids. I can only say this:

Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | The White House #education

Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | The White House

Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2010
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, a founding truth of our Nation was realized for persons living with disabilities -- that all our citizens are entitled to the same privileges, pursuits, and civil rights.  As we mark the 20th anniversary of this historic legislation, we renew our commitment to ensuring that everyone with disabilities can live free from the weight of discrimination and pursue the American dream.
Across our country, Americans with disabilities have enriched and strengthened our Nation.  Each day, individuals living with disabilities contribute immeasurably to every aspect of our country's national life and economy, from art to law, science to business, education to technology.  Through steadfast determination, they have worked to make our communities more accessible, while empowering others to exercise independence and self-determination in all aspects of their lives.  They have also brightened futures for countless young people.  Today, children and youth with disabilities have a place in our classrooms alongside their peers, and are graduating with the knowledge and skills needed for postsecondary education and beyond.
Yet, despite the progress made in removing barriers and eliminating discrimination based on disability, on this 20th anniversary of the ADA, we must renew our commitment to achieving equal opportunity for, and the full inclusion of, all people with disabilities.  My Administration has taken important steps towards achieving this goal.  We have expanded funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act so that all of America's children have access to the tools to succeed.  Under the health care reforms enacted in the Affordable Care Act, unfair practices like discrimination based on health status or pre-existing conditions will be eliminated.  This landmark legislation also creates the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program to assist Americans with disabilities to live independently.  Additionally, the Affordable Care Act provides States with more tools and financial incentives, such as the Community First Choice Option, which will support individuals with disabilities living in the communities of their choosing.  These and other initiatives build on the "Year of Community Living," which I launched in 2009 to support independent living.
The Federal Government is committed to leading by example in hiring people with disabilities, with focused efforts to recruit, retain, and support these public servants.  In partnership with the many Federal agencies and departments with ADA responsibilities, my Administration will uphold strong and meaningful enforcement of the ADA to eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, public services, and community accommodations.  I urge all Americans to visit Disability.gov for comprehensive disability-related information and resources.
I am also proud that the United States has in the past year joined the international community in signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  In so doing, we affirm that these rights are not simply principles to safeguard at home, but also universal rights to be respected and advanced around the world.
In honor of and in solidarity with all Americans with disabilities and their loved ones, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ADA, and recommit to build a more just world, free of unnecessary barriers and full of deeper understanding.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim Monday, July 26, 2010, the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I encourage Americans across our Nation to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this civil rights law and the many contributions of individuals with disabilities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
BARACK OBAMA

No more regional heads, Tribune reports | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

No more regional heads, Tribune reports | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

No more regional heads, Tribune reports

by Paul Socolar on Jul 26 2010 Posted in Latest news
The District is getting rid of its regional superintendents and plans to reuse its regional offices as "Parent and Family Resource Centers," according to a exclusive report in thePhiladelphia Tribune this weekend.
The Tribune article, by Eric Mayes, says its information is from a District statement, including staff changes, released on Friday. The Notebook is awaiting comment from the District on the reported changes.
The Tribune says that in lieu of regional superintendents, who now supervise principals in their geographic area, there will be three assistant superintendents for elementary education, one for middle schools, one for high schools, one for alternative schools, and one for Promise Academies. All will report to Penny Nixon

Remainders: Randi Weingarten, professional tight-rope walker | GothamSchools

Remainders: Randi Weingarten, professional tight-rope walker | GothamSchools

Remainders: Randi Weingarten, professional tight-rope walker

  • Randi’s favorite body part? Her legs, “because I have to walk a tight rope most of the time.” (Politico)
  • One budget-cut casualty is full-day kindergarten programming. (Hechinger Report)
  • Math and ELA scores are out on Wednesday, but parents can’t see them for a month. (InsideSchools)
  • A teacher says DonorsChoose is hurting teachers by supporting a pro-charter movie. (Accountable Talk)
  • Teach your students problem-solving skills and this will never happen to them. (Education on the Plate)
  • And a comic shows the theory v. reality of media and education. (Toothpaste For Dinner)
  • Basil Smikle, the reform-friendly state Senate candidate, travels by motorcycle. (New York Mag)
  • The NAACP and other civil rights groups are attacking Arne Duncan’s agenda. (Answer Sheet)
  • Aaron Pallas is worried about Michelle Rhee’s firings’ reliance on value-added. (Hechinger Report)
  • Arne Duncan’s speech tomorrow will be themed “the quiet revolution.” (ed.gov)

Sen. Williams introduces voucher bill | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Sen. Williams introduces voucher bill | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Sen. Williams introduces voucher bill

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia) has continued his advocacy for school vouchers in Pennsylvania by introducing the Opportunity Scholarship Act. Senate Bill 1405, introduced last month, would require the Department of Education to create an opportunity scholarship program for low-income students in districts with at least one chronically failing school.
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Recruiting begins for “master” and “turnaround” teachers | GothamSchools

Recruiting begins for “master” and “turnaround” teachers | GothamSchools

Recruiting begins for “master” and “turnaround” teachers

Let the transforming begin. The city has sent out letters encouraging teachers to apply for new positions that offer large annual bonuses in return for putting in more hours at struggling schools.
As part of a performance pay deal struck between the city teachers union and the Department of Education, these “master” and “turnaround” teacher positions will only be offered to exemplary teachers who want to serve as role models for their colleagues. The idea is for the teachers to help with curriculum-writing and to perform model lessons for their colleagues. But experience isn’t the main qualifier; applicants only have to have completed one year of teaching.
In exchange for the extra work — which is expected to take 30 hours each year — turnaround teachers get

Teach kids and your average pension is $40K a year. Ruin the Gulf of Mexico and you get a pension of a million bucks a year. � Fred Klonsky's blog

Teach kids and your average pension is $40K a year. Ruin the Gulf of Mexico and you get a pension of a million bucks a year. � Fred Klonsky's blog

Teach kids and your average pension is $40K a year. Ruin the Gulf of Mexico and you get a pension of a million bucks a year.


BP CEO Tony Hayward.
The average teacher pension in Illinois is around $40 thousand a year. The teacher has paid 10% of their salary into the retirement system. They receive no social security benefits. This has outraged the editors of the Chicago

NEA Will Spend Up to $3 Million on Oklahoma School Funding Initiative | Intercepts

NEA Will Spend Up to $3 Million on Oklahoma School Funding Initiative | Intercepts

NEA Will Spend Up to $3 Million on Oklahoma School Funding Initiative

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1) NEA Will Spend Up to $3 Million on Oklahoma School Funding Initiative
2) Unions Rank 13th of 16 in Public Confidence
3) Last Week’s Intercepts
4) Quotes of the Week

QUICK Hits � The Quick and the Ed

QUICK Hits � The Quick and the Ed

QUICK Hits

Quick HitsQuick Hits is a short compilation of question-raising news stories, blog posts, and video clips that Education Sector team members are reading and viewing each day.
What would Randi Weingarten do if she knew she absolutely could not fail? (Politico)
State budgets continue to go down, down, down, but state aid for colleges students is on the rise? (Inside Higher Ed)
Eduwonk on Teach for America research: Is it really mixed? (Eduwonk)
Would You Go to Strayer University? (Center for American Progress)

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