The DOE is prepared so spend half a million dollars to make sure this incoherent and pointless management structure remains in place past the elections – one that NO ONE including principals likes, outside of Tweed and the PSO’s , including New Visions, which of course benefit from the steady revenue stream of taxpayer money. --- Leonie HaimsonLeonie has just posted this important analysis bases on a leaked memo to Gotham Schools - and kudos to them and Geoff -
One of their scummy ideas is to start long-term projects using the networks that a new administration can't kill. These people are such swines.
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Everyone should read this full Parthenon memo; reprinted below – showing how desperate DO is to retain network structure they have hired Parthenon as consultants for $275K, paid for through private funds. FYI Parthenon is also one of Gates Foundation’s favorite consulting companies so quite possible they are footing the bill for initial phase of project.Note however that “A longer-term phase of the project that Parthenon pitched involves managing the implementation of its vision during the 2013-2014 school year. That phase would cost more than $400,000, but Polakow-Suransky said he anticipated that part of the project being completed in house.”That means that the DOE is prepared so spend half a million dollars to make sure this incoherent and pointless management structure remains in place past the elections – one that NO ONE including principals likes, outside of Tweed and the PSO’s , including New Visions, which of course benefit from the steady revenue stream of taxpayer money.I have spoken to network staff who say that even they don’t think the system makes any sense and that it should be eliminated and districts restored – especially as they have to spend most of their time driving from one part of the city to another, wasting time and contributing to global warming.One of the projects envisioned : “Internal communications: Increasing Principal support of the networks to bolster their defense of the aspects of the structure that are most valuable.”Expect statements, with principals pressured to sign on, especially from New Visions schools; New Visions in the past has pressured principals to hire their network as their PSO.Also, (as I wrote in comments section)“Note how conversations with "key stakeholders" exclude parents, teachers, & students. A better example of Bloomberg's oppressive reign is hard to imagine. They should have called it educrats first instead of children first.”See also Crain’s – revealing how a leaked memo from DFER says that they don’t think any GOP candidate can win, but that Thompson, Quinn, and Weiner should be expected to be charter-friendly and continue to co-locate charters in DOE buildings.Education reformers are MIA in campaign | Crain's New York Business http://shar.es/wBZ2Eby Geoff Decker, at 8:27 pmIntent on preserving the Bloomberg administration’s education legacy, the Department of Education has hired a favored consulting firm to craft a plan that would safeguard a signature policy.The city has hired the Parthenon Group to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the system through which principals choose support organizations to provide professional development, curriculum, and budgeting help.The consulting firm, which has previously studied school closures and small schools for the department, is charged with crafting a strategic vision to ensure that Children First Networks are preserved when another mayor takes over next year.“While there is no set of actions that can perfectly ensure ‘sustainability’ of the network model, the goal of the project will be to identify a series of steps that can bolster the odds of sustaining those elements the DOE views as most essential,” the firm wrote in its bid for the project. The confidential bid was submitted in April and obtained by GothamSchools.Related Stories
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Discussions with key stakeholders (e.g. network leaders, cluster leaders, PSO partners)
Relative to Phase 1, the activities of Phase 2 will be less geared around broad research and analytical efforts. Instead, Parthenon will focus on drafting key strategy documents aligned with the deliverables above, and will work closely with relevant leadership in DAPS to refine these drafts toward a final product. We anticipate that weekly working sessions with the DOE working team will be critical to the process during this phase.