write your local paper and notify your elected representatives about Tony
Bennett. If a teacher were caught conspiring with a parent to change a
student’s grade they would be fired, instead Bennett got a campaign donation
and a job in Florida.
interest in having the right answer, just having their answer, the
privatization of public education and the destruction of the teaching profession,
be right. It could also mean that they lose all credibility. If we let people know about what they have
Take five minutes, write a letter to the editor, and
then cut and paste it and send it to your representative. We should have people
who care about our schools and children not special interests, be in charge.
These links will help you find your Florida senator and representative respectively…
This is also from the KIPP website. As of fall 2012, 40.2 percent of KIPP alumni who completed eighth grade at KIPP ten or more years ago have graduated from a four-year college. This number is drawn from two KIPP middle schools, the only schools with alumni old enough to have reached this threshold.http://www.kipp.
So it’s not all KIPP schools mind you, it’s two and if he is going to leave that out, if he is going to attempt to deceive to make his point, then what won’t he lie about? What he also didn’t mention is that KIPP has a reputation for counseling out its poor performers; see the 8th grade caveat which greatly skews its results again and that KIPP spends about a third more than public schools do to educate their kids.
He then went on to say, KIPP offers a longer school day and year, after-school programs and highly-qualified instructors to teach an academic program that focuses on college prep and character development. Now it is true they do have a longer day but everything I have read indicates their curriculum is kill and drill. Have you noticed how KIPP isn’t replicated at the affluent private schools and how none of the education reformers send their children to KIPP schools? Furthermore many of its instructors are TFA recruits, which takes non-education majors and gives them five weeks of “training” and says good luck. I guess to Chartrand that is highly qualified because it is 5 more weeks of teacher training than he ever received.
My answer is why not. He’s exaggerated publicly their accomplishments and he has a lot invested in them, it would probably be a little embarrassing at the country club if somebody brought it up and people have done far worse for less.
hunkered down in their bunker furiously coming up with ways to spin the
revelation that Tony Bennett had the grades of a wealthy donors charter school
adjusted for a C to an A. It must be frustrating to see their house of card
crumbing down around them.
Their unethical policies designed to enrich their friends and donors have held
back children and knee capped the proud profession of public school teacher.
is what Patricia Levesque said in The Tampa Times, “Commissioner
Bennett and his department found and corrected a mistake that would have
unfairly penalized 13 schools missing data for grades they did not even serve.
They fixed a problem to be accurate and fair – any accusation otherwise is
false and politically motivated,” reads the released by Bush’s foundation Tuesday
goes on: “A-F school grading empowers parents to know how well schools are
serving their children, in a transparent and easy to understand way. In 2012,
Indiana was in its first year of its new school grading calculation, and there
is always a learning process when implementing a policy new to a state.
getting things right for our children is most important. I really feel as if
the press could catch Bennett with a dead girl or a live boy and they would
spin it in a positive light.
have taken a tact similar to Teresa Meredith in the Chesterton Tribune: it’s time to call the Bennett
school letter grade scandal exactly what it is—cheating.
show that former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett
and his staff worked furiously last September to artificially raise the letter
grade of the Christel House Academy, an Indianapolis charter school created by
a prominent donor to both Bennett’s political campaign and to others in his
are no excuses for the actions taken by Bennett and his staff as revealed in
the string of emails other than favoritism, cronyism, self-interest, and
hubris—none of which has a place in public school policymaking.
Finally, what else have they manipulated, spun or lied
about to further their agenda. My guess is this is just the tip of the iceberg.