The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Editor’s note: Cheri Kiesecker was a panelists for the Webinar: Stop the Ed Tech Juggernaut hosted by Parents Across America. Click here for links to the video recording and slides from the program. -Carolyn Leith The USDoE’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field, CBE, … Continue reading The US Department of Education’s Digital Promise to advance the ed-tech field and online learning in public schools

Washington State’s Digital Promise School Districts: Creating new markets for personalized learning snake oil

Back in 2011, Congress created a non-profit which would allow education startups and software companies easier access to America’s public schools. The initiative was called Digital Promise. From White House to Launch “Digital Promise” Initiative press release: Transforming the market for … Continue reading Washington State’s Digital Promise School Districts: Creating new markets for personalized learning snake oil

Introducing the Edu$hysters of the week and they all hail from the great state of Michigan

The Edu$hyster ring in Michigan Utica Community Schools, as the second largest district in Michigan, has always been a leader in education.  Students have always had a high rate of success.  In comparison to districts across the nation, Utica has always been financially healthy.  Utica has been a wealth of potential for multiple facets of education, art and culture and many of those programs have been decimated to cater to the special interest of profiteers and politicians. Carol Klenow, who is the School Board President of Utica Community Schools, hired Christine Johns, a graduate of the unaccredited Broad School Academy, … Continue reading Introducing the Edu$hysters of the week and they all hail from the great state of Michigan

Jim Horn on the “Digital Promise”

Jim once again hits the nail on the head with his great prose and phrases worth remembering. I particularly like the “federal ATM machine at the U. S. Department of Ed” and the “corporate welfare charters” which indeed they are. Duncan Hastings and Gates: The Digital Promise-Keepers and a Digital Box for Every Urban Kid by Jim Horn In anticipation of the new NCLB initiative rolled out yesterday (my response in the making), Arne Duncan announced recently a new corporate ed reform money maker called “Digital Promise,” which promises to fill the pockets of some of Duncan’s favorite techie sidekicks … Continue reading Jim Horn on the “Digital Promise”