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Corporate restructuring

The news that Superintendent Jonathan Raymond is seeking permission from trustees to hire a chief accountability officer for SCUSD does not allay very real fears that Raymond is accelerating a push to develop a corporate education culture in Sacramento.

Consider these job titles: Chief Talent Officer, Chief Knowledge Officer, Chief Portfolio Officer…all with annual salary ranges between $125,000-175,000. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, a strong proponent of privatization, devised this idea of “administrative restructuring.”

These executives (most who have never taught in a classroom or been a principal) make the rounds throughout the countries’ school systems while changing job titles and descriptions. It’s a smorgasboard of CEO’s. Raymond was a chief accountability officer before he was hired in Sacramento.

The ultimate goal is to run the school system like a corporation –SCUSD teachers will have continued pressure to “teach the test” and improve API scores — data will be relentlessly tracked and tied to performance by the chief accountability officer.

This reform leads to what education historian Diane Ravitch calls a huge mistake:

Teachers — not just union leaders — are unhappy, frustrated, and demoralized. So are parents, because they don’t like the high-stakes testing regime either. They don’t like that their children are losing time for the arts, science, history, geography, physical education, foreign languages, and everything that is not tested. They may not be well-informed, yet they know that their children are missing out on a good education.

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Kicking over stones and asking questions

I was just looking at the new job qualifications for “Principal, Superintendent’s Priority School”.  Did you know that their starting pay is $96k – $107k?   A regular principal starts at $83k – $98k.  The lower of both starting salaries are for principals at elementary schools, while the top starting salaries are for high school principals.  Why the increase in pay?  Where is the district getting the money?

Another thing I noticed is, it would appear the district has brought in a consulting firm called Mariner LLC.  Apparently, they are already working in SCUSD.   They developed and run a program that is called Data Dashboard in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  I wonder how much they cost, as well as any new training, hardware, and software associated with their services.  Will this take the place of Data Director (our current tool for organizing data from the district benchmark tests and the STAR test)?

Written by carlosrico1

April 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm