by Larry Sand, City Journal | http://bit.ly/o6OXJy
25 August 2011 - A major study on teacher quality makes clear just how sclerotic ² the Los Angeles Unified School District has become—but while the diagnosis and prescriptions are clear, the prognosis is far from certain. The National Council on Teacher Quality’³ [smf: you may want to stop reading here] 58-page report, “Teacher Quality Roadmap: Improving Policies and Practices in LAUSD,” was commissioned by the United Way and several civil rights groups and paid for by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.4 [I’ve stopped reading here - it’s like a car crash, isn't it – you can’t look away!]
1 : being or relating to the sclera
2 : of, relating to, or affected with sclerosis
17. A (self-anointed, politically connected) group called NCTQ comes to town a few months before your teachers’ contract is up for negotiation and writes a Mad Libs evaluation of your districts’ teachers (for about $14,000) that reaches the predetermined conclusion that teachers are lazy and need merit pay. ["The (NAME OF CITY) School District has too many (NEGATIVE ADJ) teachers. Therefore they need a new (POSITIVE ADJ.) data-based evaluation system tied to test scores…”]
4, see # 37-41 in How to tell if your district is infected with the Broad Virus:
37. Grants appear from the Broad and Gates foundations in support of the superintendent, and her/his “Strategic Plan.”
38. The Gates Foundation gives your district grants for technical things related to STEM and/or teacher “effectiveness” or studies on charter schools.
39. Local newspaper fails to report on much of this.
40. Local newspaper never mentions the words “Broad Foundation.”
41. Broad and Gates Foundations give money to local public radio stations which in turn become strangely silent about the presence and influence of the Broad and Gates Foundation in your school district.