A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies

This was originally posted on the Parents Across America website by Leonie Haimson. It’s an excellent overview of the influence of Eli Broad on our educational system. I added the photo’s. Dora The question I ask is why should Eli Broad and Bill Gates have more of a say as to what goes on in my child’s classroom than I do?  Sue Peters, co-editor Seattle Education and founding member for Parents Across America. In recent months, three prominent school district superintendents resigned or were fired, after allegations of mismanagement, autocratic leadership styles, and/or the pursuit of unpopular policies. All three … Continue reading A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies

Eli Broad’s Last Hurrah in Detroit?

Billionaires like Eli Broad seem to be willing to go to any length at this point to usurp their power over others when it comes to transforming public school systems into what they think is best for the rest of us. I have been following Robert Bobb for the last year or so basically due to my amazement at the bravura that he has shown in carrying out the policies of the Broad Foundation. See Bob Bobb, The Sad Saga Continues and Bob Bobb, The Sad Saga Continues, Part 2. It seems that Bob Bobb is willing to go to … Continue reading Eli Broad’s Last Hurrah in Detroit?

Seattle’s Fired Superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, on the short list for Newark School District’s top spot: Seattle says Huh??? — and Heads-up!

Seattle’s controversial and recently fired school superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, is a potential contender for school superintendent of Newark, reports the Newark Star Ledger   (“Newark schools superintendent search narrowed to 2 candidates, sources say” — April 21, 2011). Those of us in Seattle’s Public School District who just experienced three and a half years of turmoil, scandal and fake data under our Broad Academy-trainee and her belligerent corporate agenda, have a few thoughts to share with Newark about this bit of surprising news. This discussion, from Seattle’s highly informed and informative Save Seattle Schools Community Blog, pretty much cuts to the … Continue reading Seattle’s Fired Superintendent, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, on the short list for Newark School District’s top spot: Seattle says Huh??? — and Heads-up!

How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

Chicago has just learned that it will inherit Rochester, New York’s controversial and unpopular school superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard (Broad Superintendent’s Academy “Class of 2007”). Those of us who have experienced the “leadership” of  L.A. billionaire Eli Broad’s corporate-trained superintendents send … Continue reading How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black is out — bad few weeks for corporate ed reformers (Rhee, Sheffield, also in the news)

Controversial and unpopular NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black is stepping down after only three months on the job. Appointed by Mayor Bloomberg, over vociferous public protest, Black seemed an unlikely choice from the start. She has zero background in education and made her name as a publishing executive. It didn’t help her win over hearts and minds of the New York school community in one of her first public speaking appearances when she suggested birth control as the cure for the city’s serious school overcrowding problem. Her last reported approval rating was a chilly 17 percent. Bloomberg went to court … Continue reading NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black is out — bad few weeks for corporate ed reformers (Rhee, Sheffield, also in the news)

The True Legacy of Seattle’s Fired (Broad Academy) Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson

For the Record… It looks like the Broad Foundation is actively trying to whitewash the history of their Superintendent Academy graduate, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who was fired by the Seattle School Board earlier this month along with her handpicked CFO, Don Kennedy, for her failure to address a rampant case of fraud happening within the district’s central office. The District Administration magazine web site has just published a defense of Goodloe-Johnson written by Tom Payzant (dutifully echoed by the Seattle Times’ Lynn Varner).  Though he fails to mention it, Payzant is directly connected to the Broad Foundation which trained Goodloe Johnson … Continue reading The True Legacy of Seattle’s Fired (Broad Academy) Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson

BREAKING NEWS: Seattle School Board Poised to Fire (Broad-trained) Supt. Goodloe-Johnson and CFO Don Kennedy

Without cause. Here is their statement, just released tonight. Okay, so the board is wimping out a bit (many have argued that there is a case to be made for firing with cause), but if they go through with this, it will be a step in the right direction for our beleaguered school district. We badly need new leadership and a new culture of honesty and accountability emanating from the John Stanford central office — with a focus on the kids. But it sounds like our Broad Superintendent’s Academy graduate will cost us another $264,000 (in severance). The board is … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: Seattle School Board Poised to Fire (Broad-trained) Supt. Goodloe-Johnson and CFO Don Kennedy

My Letter to the Seattle School Board about Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

UPDATE 2/27/11: Director Kay Smith-Blum is the first school board member to issue an official response to the scandal: Kay Smith-Blum, Seattle School Board, District 5 Reaction to Criminal Probe of Public School Spending I am appalled that this financial abuse has occurred, particularly during a 3-year budget cycle that has already been so difficult for families in the Seattle School District. Mismanagement of resources is inexcusable. While confronting these serious issues, we must also remember the critical work that is left to be done for our children.   Our scorecard this past year has highlighted many areas that require … Continue reading My Letter to the Seattle School Board about Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson