Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There's Gold in Them Thar Common Core Hills

Common Core scam:
David Coleman made over $76,000 by NY State Ed over a 5 month period. What did he get from NYCDOE?
UPDATE, 4/6/12: Cuomo, Common Core and Pearson-for-Profit

Just about every ed deform idea can be traced to a bundle being made by someone – the modern version of the public dole.

David Coleman is the Common Core guru -- remember when ODOE did a mic check (see video) to Walcott in Oct.? That was Coleman with him there to explain to parents what CC is but leave out how much moola he was taking home. Google him for more.
From: NYSED FOIL <FOIL@mail.nysed.gov>
Date: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: FOIL request
To: Carol Burris <burriscarol@gmail.com>

Dear Ms. Burris

          This email is in response to your Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request regarding payments made to David Coleman and Student Achievement Partners. From April through August 2011, David Coleman has been paid $76,472.30.
Carol Burris if you don't know is one of the Long Island principals leading the resurrection against the data munchers. She will be a guest at the Grassroots Education Movement (NYC) event:
Teacher Evaluation Nightmare! Forum – Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30 PM. Joined by Arthur Goldstein (Francis Lewis HS CL), Gary Rubinstein and Leonie Haimson.  

Leonie reports:
Also today it was announced that NYSED Awards $13M Contracts for Development of Common Core ELA & Math Curricula - http://goo.gl/Z1bLi.

More windfalls to come.  That means there are FOIL requests out to the NYCDOE to find out how much they have given Coleman -- and others.

Need I remind you that not only Tweed is pushing Common Core but so is the UFT/AFT.

Read a post I put up re CC from a teacher who pointed out the hypocrisy (and idiocy).
NYC Teacher Unpacks Common Core vs. 50 Banned Word...


But on the other hand ---- about time the UFT used it's muscle on the outright breaking of the law by the DOE when it comes to FOIL.

Union Sues City Education Department to Obtain E-mails


April 3, 2012, 5:47 p.m.
By Beth Fertig
The United Federation of Teachers filed suit in state Supreme Court on Tuesday to force the Department of Education to hand over copies of official e-mails that it has been requesting since May 2010.
The union wants to see e-mails between various city officials and education groups regarding proposals to phase-out failing schools and to open new charter schools. The suit accuses the city of violating the state’s Freedom of Information Law by repeatedly saying it needs more time, calling that a “constructive denial” of the requests for information.
The union’s president, Michael Mulgrew, issued a statement noting that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg “rushed” at the chance to release teacher ratings to the media with the names of individual teachers.
MORE  - http://goo.gl/BGRMj

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