'Interestingly, according to its website, Globaloria counts Code.org as one of its many "partners and corporate sponsors." And a press release from Globaloria touts that Code.org put the company on its short list of best educator resources for computer science'.
Citizens' Oversight Maryland is in contact daily with leadership in all branches of military. We remind our US military of their mission and duty---
TO PROTECT THE NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY OF UNITED STATES
TO PROTECT THE WEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF CITIZENS
TO PROTECT FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE DEFINED IN OUR US CONSTITUTION
Most Americans know these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA have seen a total disregard to US Rule of Law, US Constitution, and an open attack on the wealth and public assets of WE THE PEOPLE. Global Wall Street doesn't hide it is replacing our US Constitution===it is subplanting our government structure designed just to provide WE THE PEOPLE with holding power accountable.
Most Americans know global Wall Street and its massive frauds and corporate raiding designed to consolidate economic control and kill free market in US is a threat against our national security. This coming US Treasury and state municipal bond debt fraud is designed to push America into the hands of global banking usurping national sovereignty and US citizens' rights and freedoms.
Having CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA now Trump tied to old world global freemasonry organizations which in turn are tied to a United Nations and goals of ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE is a national security threat. Having all US infrastructure from energy and water----to food and consumer products all tied to global multi-national corporations is a national security threat. IT IS TREASONOUS to our national sovereignty.
WE COMMUNICATE DAILY WITH LEADERS IN ARMY, MARINE, AIR FORCE, NAVY, COAST GUARD REMINDING THEM THE GLOBAL WALL STREET 5% TO THE 1% ARE INDEED THE SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY THREAT AND NOT A WE THE PEOPLE 99% CHOOSING TO COME OUT IN PROTEST. WRITE THESE DOD AND INVITE THEM TO BE PART OF THE 99%!
Are K-12 Computer Coding Efforts Getting it Wrong?
By Liana Heitin on June 1, 2016 1:45 PM The drag-and-drop coding apps and tutorials that many K-12 schools use to teach students the beginnings of code may be entertaining, but they don't mimic the work that real computer scientists do, argues Idit Harel, the CEO of CODE.org.
Harel specifically points to "Code.org and its library of movie-branded coding apps" as examples of a "light and fluffy version of computer science" that doesn't deepen students' understanding.
"I think of it as playing with coding apps as compared to learning to design an app using code," she writes. "Building an app takes time and requires multidimensional learning contexts, pathways, and projects. One thing is for sure, it can't be done in an hour or two, with a few simple drags, drops, and clicks."
Harel's company, it should be noted, designs and sells computer science education programs for K-12 schools, so free efforts like Code.org are in some ways her competition. According to EdSurge, Globaloria courses cost about $75 per student per year.
The CEO goes on to say that the typical coding apps teach surface-level skills rather than really delving into computer science. "In that sense, they are equivalent to the songs on today's "Top 40"—fun to listen to but offering no real insight or understanding into music literacy, meaning, or theory," she writes. "Computing and computer science is the equivalent of immersing in a thicker study of music--its origins, influences, aesthetics, applications, theories, composition, techniques, variations, and meanings. In other words, the actual foundations and experiences that change an individual's mindset."
But Hadi Partovi, a co-founder of Code.org, says this is a mischaracterization of what his organization is doing. Harel seems to be mainly focused on his group's Hour of Code effort, he says. Started in 2013, the annual campaign seeks to get students doing a one-hour introduction to coding. Over 100 million students have participated so far, the group says.
Through that effort, students practice coding using activities like the one below, which has a Star Wars theme:
"Hour of Code includes a bunch of fun coding games that last an hour, but I don't think anybody pretends you can become a software engineer after one hour of playing," Partovi said in an interview. "We use the fun campaign to build interest and that interest is translated into real education." About 85 percent of students go beyond the one-hour experience, he said.
And Hour of Code is also just a small slice of what Code.org does, Partovi explains. The organization is partnering with districts to implement "deeper, yearlong, research-backed courses that have year-round teacher training," he said. Students participate in "rigorous computer science activities, whether they're creating apps, modeling simulations in science labs, learning about the Internet—all sorts of real computer science work."
It's true that the well-funded and celebrity-backed Hour of Code is often credited with kickstarting the "computer science for all" movement, which the president has signed on to and many states and districts are now taking seriously. Chicago, New York, and San Francisco are all planning to require that all students take computer science classes in the coming years.
"There is a concern that people might pay lip service to this idea by teaching a little coding, having fun, and moving on," Partovi said. "That's a very real concern and we share that concern. But I don't think the facts out there support that America's schools are getting it wrong."
Even so, there is still debate regarding what exactly K-12 students should learn about computer science in school. Many time-and resource-strapped schools may decide that a one-hour introduction to coding is sufficient, given the many other basic skills students need to master. Schools that are fully committing to teaching computer science may have to make some controversial concessions to do so. (See this story about an elementary school that let go of its art teacher to start a computer science program, only to have that program die within a year.)
Interestingly, according to its website, Globaloria counts Code.org as one of its many "partners and corporate sponsors." And a press release from Globaloria touts that Code.org put the company on its short list of best educator resources for computer science. So maybe there is some hope for such organizations to put their differences aside and work together toward a common goal of giving more students the chance to learn computer science?
As we see above Race to the Top spent several years installing corporate K-12 policies into our local public school structures from corporate school boards----corporate state education commissions---and of course our universities tasked with HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREES are tied to Race to the Top corporate K-12 infrastructure. As well, Obama and Clinton neo-liberals ended MLK'S WAR ON POVERTY and our New Deal GI BILL higher education funding by restructuring how the Department of Education allocates Federal Student Loans and Grants. Obama created a structure designed to tracking 99% of citizens into these pre-K-career vocational corporate schools-----
THAT IS WHAT SCHOOL CHOICE IS----CORPORATIONS CHOOSING TO WHERE OUR CHILDREN ARE SCHOOLED AND WHAT THEIR LIFE CAREERS WILL BE.
DeVos appointed by Trump has ties to global military Blackwater AND they have ties to a FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT COLLECTION CORPORATION that earned a cool billion fleecing citizens with student loan debt. Obama's Arne Duncan as head of Department of Education outsourced to global Wall Street our Federal Student Loan debtors and DeVos and her education debt collection corporation was chosen to fill that process with fraud and corruption. OBAMA CHOSE TO ENRICH DEVOS.
It is critical to see these global Wall Street players are simply handing off to one another--there is no right or left wing Democratic or Republican Party----it is all ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE and global 1% is controlling all policy.
'This is not to say that state-level change will necessarily be easy. In pursuing her agenda, DeVos and state-level allies will likely face opposition from two strong factions within the Democratic party: civil rights organizations and teachers’ unions'.
Race to the Top/Commoner Core was protested by both right and left citizens----so to tie this current fight to our unions and civil rights organizations which supported Clinton/Obama and Race to the Top ------is deliberately placing the education movement in the hands of a narrow group----MOST AMERICANS DO NOT WANT THESE EDUCATION POLICIES.
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The prospects of DeVos’ school choice agenda as Ed Secretary
Elizabeth Mann Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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By now, you have almost certainly heard that president-elect Trump nominated Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education last week Wednesday. DeVos is well-known for her activism promoting school choice via charter schools and vouchers, inspiring an outpouring of both hopes and fears following her nomination announcement. I want to offer something a little different by taking a step back to assess how easy it will be for DeVos to implement her school choice agenda as Secretary of Education (assuming the Senate confirms her nomination). The answer is less straightforward than you might think.
ESSA rolled back federal authority
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shrunk the Department of Education’s scope of authority. Signed into law almost exactly a year ago, ESSA came on the heels of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era, which became associated with federal overreach and well-intentioned but ineffective mandates. ESSA decisively shifts a good deal of policymaking authority from the federal government to the states, particularly with regard to designing and implementing accountability systems. In terms of the Secretary of Education’s authority, ESSA specifically prohibits the Secretary from requiring states to adopt a specific set of standards. Further, the Secretary cannot require a state to adopt particular policies in order to receive flexibility from federal law via waivers (a rebuke of the Obama administration’s waiver strategy).
While the Department of Education retains oversight authority to hold states accountable for implementing ESSA, any Secretary hoping to use their office to mandate or prescribe specific policies will likely face an uphill battle. A case in point is current Secretary of Education John King’s embattled efforts to implement specific policies through the rulemaking process. Republicans in Congress and teachers’ unions, among others, have vociferously criticized King for overreaching his authority by proposing an Accountability and State Plans rule that includes what many see as additional requirements not mandated by ESSA. With a Republican Congress, it could certainly be the case that DeVos would receive more latitude than Secretary King, given that her policies presumably align more closely with those of the Republican committee chairs. But after spending nearly a year criticizing King for overreach via the regulatory process, sudden deference to an activist Secretary would be an abrupt about-face. Such a strategy could leave Republican members of Congress open to charges of opportunism and government overreach as they look ahead to the 2018 midterms.
In short, even though DeVos is an outspoken advocate of school choice, the Secretary of Education lacks the authority to simply mandate policy changes to states. As a result, if she is to implement her policy agenda, it will require cooperation from governors, chief state school officers, and state school boards. The implication? Change, if and when it happens, will not occur quickly or uniformly.
Fewer carrots, fewer sticks
In light of the reduced federal role in education under ESSA, perhaps the best option for DeVos to influence education policy is to incentivize state leaders to cooperate with her. Indeed, the Obama administration pursued this strategy through Race to the Top and the ESEA Flexibility waiver program. However, the Obama administration leveraged two factors to motivate this cooperation that the incoming administration will not necessarily have.
First, Race to the Top was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package. Similar funds are not currently authorized under ESSA. Unless Congress authorizes (and the President signs) an infrastructure bill, for example, that grants the Department of Education broad discretion over a large sum, it is unlikely that DeVos, as Secretary, would have access to the kind of resources that funded Race to the Top.
Second, ESSA fundamentally changed the policy environment, granting states much more flexibility than under NCLB. State leaders were eager to escape NCLB’s prescriptive accountability system. Ultimately, 43 states and D.C. agreed to the terms of Secretary Arne Duncan’s waiver policy in order to obtain this flexibility. ESSA obviates the need for states to request this flexibility, leaving the incoming Secretary with a diminished bargaining position.
Policymaking opportunities remain
The limiting factor on how far DeVos can go in promoting school choice-friendly policies will likely be cooperation from governors and other state education leaders. Without the “carrot” of funding under Race to the Top or the “stick” of NCLB mandates, DeVos lacks leverage over governors who are not inclined to implement an aggressive school choice agenda. Cooperation, in this scenario, may look very different than it did under the Obama administration. Rather than relying on carrots and sticks, the predisposition of like-minded governors to implement policies that align with DeVos’s agenda may be key to securing cooperation from states.
Indeed, Republican governors will be natural allies for DeVos. These allies are plentiful; following the 2016 election, there are 33 Republican governors (or 34, depending on the outcome in North Carolina). While changes to state charter policies often require the enactment of new laws or revision of existing laws, this may not be a problem for many Republican governors; after the 2016 election, Republicans enjoy unified control of the state legislature and governor’s office in 24 states.
And despite the scaling back of the federal government’s role in education under ESSA, as Secretary, DeVos would certainly have many opportunities to shape the national agenda in terms of education reform. Under ESSA, the Secretary is responsible for approving state accountability plans, although states have much more leeway in designing these plans. In addition, ESSA consolidates a number of existing programs into a $1.6 billion block grant, and the Department will oversee dispensation of this grant, providing the Secretary with an opportunity to set a policy agenda. ESSA also provides for Education Innovation and Research Grants, and the Secretary could conceivably prioritize research on school choice programs. With 24 states controlled by unified Republican government and an additional 9-10 states controlled by Republican governors, DeVos would likely find many partners eager to pursue the opportunities she offered via these avenues.
Unified Democratic opposition, for a change
This is not to say that state-level change will necessarily be easy. In pursuing her agenda, DeVos and state-level allies will likely face opposition from two strong factions within the Democratic party: civil rights organizations and teachers’ unions. As I have written before, these two groups often find themselves on opposite sides of the issues when it comes to education reform. However, members of both constituencies have vocally opposed the expansion of charter schools. In October, the NAACP issued a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion, although civil rights organizations do not uniformly oppose charter schools. Teachers’ unions, for their part, often oppose school choice-based reforms. In her statement on DeVos’s nomination, Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Association (the nation’s largest teachers’ union), criticized the school choice policies that DeVos supports in no uncertain terms.
Both teachers’ unions and civil rights organizations could pose a significant barrier to state-level implementation of DeVos’s agenda. Consider, for example, the failed ballot initiative in Massachusetts to lift the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts, which enjoyed the support of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker yet faced sustained criticism from teachers’ unions in the recent election.
The discussion here provides a framework for assessing the potential for DeVos to pursue her agenda as Secretary of Education. Is she strongly in favor of school choice reforms, including charter schools and vouchers? Absolutely. Will she be working with a friendly Congress and many friendly governors? Without a doubt. So should we expect the number of charter schools and voucher programs to skyrocket in the near future? Not necessarily.
While Brookings Institution education policy writes that DeVos and Federal education agencies cannot force local K-12 school boards to corporatize and deregulate our K-12 local school boards---these several years of Obama has been about doing just that====here is our local VENTURE CAPITALIST WARNOCK working for his global education corporation team GREEN STREET ACADEMY----to deregulate our K-12 by pushing separate school boards and by pushing the right of a corporate school pretending to be PUBLIC to expand outside our local Baltimore City jurisdiction.
So, these are the state and local global Wall Street pols and players doing just what DeVos and Trump will continue----to break apart all public school structures deregulating and creating INTRA-STATE AND INTER-STATE legal framework for what was a local public school district. How does that effect our ability as community citizens to have a voice in our public schools? IT TAKES ALL VOICE AWAY-----this started with Clinton pretending charters and school choice was about parents and student and community control of schools when it NEVER WAS----it MOVED FORWARD under Bush as NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND combined with defunding of public schools created FAILING SCHOOLS to close. Obama super-sized all this with Race to the Top----completely corporate K-12 education policy.
OBAMA AND RACE TO THE TOP SET THE STAGE FOR DEREGULATION AND INTER-STATE DESIGNATION OF SCHOOLS CALLED 'public'
Of course local citizens were told all this would create education small businesses and pay-to-play patronage sent a few million to pretend that was happening.
Md. charter schools push for independence from local boards
- By Deidre McPhillips Capital News Service
- Jan 29, 2015
Charter schools were poised to be a hot topic during this legislative session from the beginning. A week before his inauguration, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed former Delegate Keiffer Mitchell, a noted Baltimore Democrat, as a special adviser to oversee some of his legislative initiatives, including the expansion of charter schools.
“It’s like McDonald’s seeking to get approval from Burger King to open a new restaurant,” said Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform, a national organization that supports freedom of choice in education, specifically with charter schools.
But Brad Young, president of the Board of Education of Frederick County, home to three public charter schools, said he thinks all public schools, charter or otherwise, should be governed by one body.
“It’s counterproductive to set up a second system that would be run totally separate from the current school system,” Young said. “What charter schools prove is that students learn in different ways, and it’s important to provide different options to students. But the duplication of services would force admin costs up and have implications that would cost taxpayers more or take money out of the classroom.”
At a groundbreaking event on Wednesday, the co-founders of Green Street Academy, a public charter school in Baltimore, touted a “21st-century approach to learning.”
With gardens, chicken coops and fish farms as learning spaces in an urban environment, the academy equips students with the skills to be successful in modern ways, said David Warnock, co-founder of the Green Street Academy and co-chair of the board of trustees. It also has a new partnership with the U.S. Forest Service’s Baltimore Field Station.
“This generation does not respond to institution-led education,” Warnock said, noting the heavy dependence of today’s students on technology and social media. “We need to hook ‘em, capture their imagination and develop their love of learning.”
Green Street Academy received a $14 million loan from Bank of America, part of the $23 million in total funds raised so far to move into a larger, “green” building to open in September, Warnock said. The renovated building will allow 425 more students to attend the academy next school year, nearly a 100 percent increase. The 2.5-mile move will also allow 60 percent of students to walk to school, instead of the 5 percent that are able to work in the current location.
A study released on Tuesday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Maryland’s charter school laws the lowest in the nation for the second year in a row. Eight states do not have charter school laws and were not ranked.
“We find that more often than not local school boards aren’t supportive of charters, and sometimes they’re downright hostile,” said Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools senior vice president for state advocacy and support. “They think they’re losing the money that’s attached to those students. But at the end of the day, if public schools and charter schools are cooperating, it’s better for a community. The intent is long term. It’s an economic boost to the community, not a drain.”
“There’s so much emphasis and energy put on the inputs that overshadow the ways charter schools create great outcomes,” she said.
But a panel presentation by the Maryland State Department of Education to the Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Jan. 22 raised some questions on the success of charter schools in Maryland.
Numbers in the department of education’s report reflecting success rates for charter schools excluded statistics from 11 Maryland charter schools that had been shut down.
The first and only bill the legislature has seen thus far on the topic this year calls for the establishment of a public charter school program in Frederick County governed by an independent charter school board, with members elected by the county council. Charter school teachers in Frederick County would also be exempt from performance evaluation criteria determined by the state.
It was proposed and presented by Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz, before she resigned her seat as a Republican delegate from Frederick and Carroll counties.
The bill has had little traction since it was first presented to the House Ways and Means Committee, said Vice Chairman Frank Turner (D-Howard), but with so many new members, it’s hard to know which way the committee will lean.
Turner, however, has his mind made up.
“Any time we use money for charter schools — whether direct or indirect — that’s less money that goes to public schools,” he said. “My feeling is that what we need to do is strengthen the public school system.”
We all know Warnock and his Green Street Academy is that global corporate K-12 school structure MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE EDUCATION =====and here is the MODUS OPERANDUS used by global Wall Street Clinton/Obama pretending this is all socially progressive----
We are glad to see our school teachers recognized but know what? All of Baltimore's public K-12 schools are being closed as failing-----defunded and called businesses-----while global Wall Street funds and provides scholarships to only these global education corporate K-12s.
Global Wall Street and these corporate schools of course pay no taxes to support our public schools so the more these corporate K-12 expand while being labelled PUBLIC----the further MOVING FORWARD COMMONER CORE is installed.
Media always shows pictures that are warm and fuzzy as a Warnock venture capitalist who ran for Mayor of Baltimore as a DEMOCRAT----has absolutely no warm and fuzzy feelings when the goal is to make his brand GREEN STREET ACADEMY profits.
This is happening in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones across the US and each city has these same few global education brands replacing their K-12 public school infrastructure promoted by corporate school boards and that 5% to the 1% global Wall Street players.
SIEMENS is one of the largest multi-national corporations in the world so a REAL public school would have nothing to do with this. For our right wing voters who like vocational training but shout for control of their community schools----we need to WAKE UP to POSING ON BOTH SIDES----the US had a strong high school vocational tracking with opportunities in public community colleges----all being restructured to privatized K-career global education corporations.
Global Wall Street simply makes winners temporarily and the long term status as loser is nothing anyone wants. I have many citizens homeless today who were middle-class winners for a short term. Let's create economic structures that make Americans stable and working in an economy built to create a PERMANENT MIDDLE-CLASS.
Green Street Academy teacher awarded prestigious Siemens Award
David Warnock | Education
Desmond Rowe, 6th grade science teacher at Green Street Academy, was one of two Maryland teachers awarded the prestigious Siemens Award.
Desmond is one of forty teachers nationwide who will participate in the Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship this summer. The fellowship provides middle school and high school STEM teachers the opportunity to engage with top scientists and researchers on short-term research projects about current topics of national interest.
In addition to the research immersion, teachers attend seminars, mini-workshops, tours, and field trips to focus and expand the research experience, and learn how to incorporate research into their classroom.
The award is awarded by the Siemens Foundation, which supports educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the United States.
Every pol in this picture is MOVING FORWARD all Race to the Top and corporate K-12 policies as fast and hard as they can. Most are tied to global Johns Hopkins----all have worked for global Wall Street Baltimore Development-----all are 5% to the 1% Wall Street players and sadly they all run as DEMOCRATS.
Mayor PUGH at the podium suggested she would try to move $5 million from policing to K-12----the shortfall in funding is that $1Billion school building bond that is CRIMINAL PUBLIC NEGLIGENCE. That bond was written to tie direct classroom funding for our public schools to financing Wall Street bond debt for decades knowing interests and fees will add another billion. This is how you implode a Baltimore City public school system and all these pols pushed those policies.
Baltimore City is a large US city with revenue enough to support all its public schools. It has been racked with MISAPPROPRIATION AND CORRUPTION moving public funds to private education corporations and global education corporation expansion----it is now doing the same bringing those global education corporations back to our US cities----all these pols in this picture KNOW THIS.
Pugh seeks help from Maryland as Baltimore principals rally against deep school budget cuts
Mayor Catherine E. Pugh provides an update on efforts to secure funding to support city schools at Lawyers' Mall in Annapolis on Monday, February 27, 2017. Video by Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group
Luke Broadwater, Tim Prudente and Michael DresserContact ReportersThe Baltimore Sun
Baltimore's mayor said the city and state will work together to solve the schools budget gap.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh went to Annapolis again Monday to ask the state to help city schools close a $130 million budget gap.
Back in Baltimore, principals, preachers and other advocates for the schools expressed disappointment that she didn't have more of a plan.
"We appreciate that she is fighting for our schools, but I think time is a factor in all this," said Nicholas D'Ambrosio, principal of Roland Park Elementary School. "We can't wait. Families need to know. Schools need to know."
Pugh had told a cheering crowd of 2,000 students, parents and advocates last week to expect an "announcement" Monday about her plans to help close the Baltimore school system's budget gap.
"On Monday, you're going to hear an announcement about what we're going to do to increase funding for the Baltimore City public schools," she said.
But on Monday — flanked by city schools CEO Sonja Santelises and Baltimore's state lawmakers — Pugh said only that officials were continuing to work on a plan to close the gap.
Principals, teachers, parents, and others in the community gathered outside of City Hall to demand more money for Baltimore City schools. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun video)
"We come here to Annapolis to say 'We need help,'" Pugh said.
The looming city schools deficit, which officials say could force more than 1,000 layoffs and lead to ballooning class sizes, is presenting a budgetary conundrum for Pugh, who ran on a platform of increasing school funding but faces the historic school budget deficit and a city budget shortfall of $20 million.
As advocates for schools rallied at City Hall on Monday for more funding, Pugh stood at a news conference in Annapolis with Baltimore's leaders in the General Assembly. They told reporters they were asking for a three-year commitment from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to help fix the city schools' structural funding problems.
"We need our governor to be there with us," said Del. Maggie McIntosh, the Baltimore Democrat who chairs the Appropriations Committee. She noted that Hogan provided extra funding to some local school districts last year.
"We need our governor to do what he did last year, and we thank him," McIntosh said. "He came up with the money for not only Baltimore City but other jurisdictions."
As lawmakers called for more state money, Pugh rankled education advocates by not addressing whether the city would contribute more to close the largest school budget gap in recent history. Of the cuts proposed by the system, 80 percent would fall on individual schools and teachers.
"I am incredibly underwhelmed by the announcement," said Melissa Schober, a parent and advocate who was among the 2,000 at last week's rally in Annapolis. "To say, 'I have a plan to make a plan,' that's frustrating. I'm real tired of the mayor and governor playing chicken with my kid and 82,000 other kids."
Fifty principals from schools across the city rallied outside City Hall on Monday afternoon chanting, "We can't wait! We can't wait!"
Surrounded by a cheering crowd of teachers and parents, the principals brandished budgets that revealed cuts of $227,038 from Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, $924,498 from Mount Washington School and $1.6 million from Roland Park Elementary-Middle School.
The lingering uncertainty is damaging morale at schools across the city, said Christopher Battaglia, principal of Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove in Curtis Bay. He said some teachers are considering jobs elsewhere in anticipation of the cuts.
"We have quality teachers who have been sitting and waiting and waiting," he said. "I got to put together a staff and I can't … I literally am blind until somebody gives me some clarity."
City Council members stood with principals at the rally, organized by the interfaith organization Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development.
"Enough is enough," said the Rev. Glenna Huber, an Episcopal priest and organizer with BUILD. "Bankrupt schools equal bankrupt children."
Speakers challenged Hogan and Pugh to pledge more money to the schools and close the budget deficit.
Principal David Guzman of Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in West Baltimore said a cut of $227,038 next year would mean the school would lose a teacher, and class sizes for kindergarten and first grade would jump from about 22 to 35 students.
"That's where we see the largest-impact years when it comes to literacy," Guzman said.
A spokeswoman for Hogan said the governor has provided "record K-12 education funding in each of his three budgets and it will always be a top priority of this administration."
Spokeswoman Amelia Chasse noted that Baltimore City receives the second-greatest amount of money in the state, after Prince George's County, in direct education aid. Maryland's contribution of more than $12,000 per pupil to Baltimore's schools is nearly double the state average.
"Going forward, we look forward to working with Mayor Pugh and all city leadership to continue this support," Chasse said in a statement.
The city schools' budget shortfall is driven by several factors, including shrinking student enrollment — the district expects to lose nearly 1,000 students next year — and growing city property values. The two factor into a formula officials use to determine state aid.
The system also faces long-term structural budget issues, such as greater-than-average teacher pay and the high costs of health care and pensions.
To close the funding gap, school officials have sought more money from the state and city to shore up their budget for next school year, but officials say they will also have to make deep cuts and lay off employees, including many teachers. Some $80 million of the proposed cuts would be spread across the city's schools.
Education advocates say the city and state both should do more for Baltimore's school system, where nearly nine out of 10 students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
In November, a consultant to a state commission on school funding said the state should contribute $387 million more annually to the city's schools.
Education advocates believe the city also can do more to fund its local schools. Baltimore contributes the third-lowest amount per pupil to its school system among jurisdictions in Maryland.
Baltimore is the only jurisdiction in the state that spends more on policing than schools. Last year, the city spent more than $265 million on schools, but more than $450 million on police.
During her mayoral campaign, Pugh pledged to increase the amount of money the city contributes to the school system. She said her goal was to increase the city's contribution from 20 percent of the school budget to 35 percent over four years.
Several members of the City Council said Monday they will look to make cuts to city agencies to help free up money for schools.
"I'm ready to cut whatever we need to cut," said City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. "I want to hear what her plan is and go from there."
Young said he knew advocates would be "disappointed" by the lack of a hard commitment from Pugh, but said they should "give her an opportunity and a chance."
"They need to give her an opportunity to find this money and I think she'll find it. We're going to try to help her find it," Young said.
In Annapolis, Pugh said there was no agreement on what the city and state would contribute.
"We have not heard yet what the governor's commitment is going to be," she said.
Pugh said she has been in constant communication with the governor's team and discussed the issue with Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., a former legislator from Baltimore and a senior adviser to Hogan, over the weekend.
The mayor said she had received assurances from the governor that he wants to help the city schools.
"We have children who have been lead-poisoned for decades," Pugh said. "We require more. We have greater problems in Baltimore."
Santelises, who joined the mayor on Lawyers Mall outside the State House, tied the plan to the new statewide education funding formula being created by the commission headed by former University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan. The new formula is expected to replace the Thornton formula, which has guided the state's education funding since 2002.
"This is a three-year challenge," Santelises said.
McIntosh said one place the city needs to look for help is the teachers union. The veteran lawmaker said she expects there to be language in the budget dealing with the escalating cost of retired school employees' health care.
McIntosh said the city, state legislators and the governor have roughly three weeks to come up with a solution while the state budget makes its way through the legislative process.
Mitchell, a Democratic former delegate who serves as Hogan's liaison to the city, said the governor won't necessarily go along with that timetable. But he said Hogan and Pugh are keeping up a constructive dialogue.
Mitchell said Santelises spoke with state Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley last week.
"The conversation has been very open and frank regarding the structural deficit and the city's needs," Mitchell said. "The governor's going to continue to talk with the city and the city delegation to look at a solution."
When the global neo-liberal think tank BROOKINGS INSTITUTION tells us this ESSA deregulated Federal Department of Education control of our public schools and gave more control to states it is saying two things. First, CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA used Executive Order FEDERALISM ACT to pretend they could IGNORE FEDERAL AND US CONSTITUTIONAL LAW these few decades so Federal Education laws have not been enforced as our Baltimore City public schools can attest. These few decades have seen Federal and state education funding be MISAPPROPRIATED to private schools so this ESSA is simply trying to encode these Federal regulations. Those thinking that giving states control of public policy have not noticed that the same global Wall Street players having captured national elections have captured state and local so nothing will change in MOVING FORWARD.
The Department of Education was created to enforce US Constitutional and Federal education rulings tied to EQUAL PROTECTION FOR ALL CITIZENS regarding education among others. What Obama and Clinton neo-liberals did was essential KILL THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Yet we will hear national media and Clinton neo-liberal outlets telling us TRUMP IS KILLING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Those poor US citizens always the one's targeted in all left progressive posing these few decades of far-right wing global Wall Street policy----here is Obama telling the poor that deregulating Federal powers to assure EQUAL PROTECTION is a good thing. The point is this------it has been Federal policy throughout modern US history and especially after US CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS FOR EQUAL PROTECTION that our Federal government was tasked with assuring EQUAL PROTECTION including in education------CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA NEVER HAD THE RIGHT TO PRETEND THEY COULD IGNORE THIS----so these policies are not CONSTITUTIONAL.
Trump and DeVos didn't do this----they are simply going to MOVE FORWARD global corporate K-12 schools in all US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Update: ESSA Consolidated State Plans
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
For example, today, high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. Dropout rates are at historic lows. And more students are going to college than ever before. These achievements provide a firm foundation for further work to expand educational opportunity and improve student outcomes under ESSA.
The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.
Congress has now responded to that call.
The Every Student Succeeds Act reflects many of the priorities of this administration.
President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on December 10, 2015.
ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are just a few.
- Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
- Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
- Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
- Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
- Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
- Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
History of ESEA
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who believed that "full educational opportunity" should be "our first national goal." From its inception, ESEA was a civil rights law.
ESEA offered new grants to districts serving low-income students, federal grants for textbooks and library books, funding for special education centers, and scholarships for low-income college students. Additionally, the law provided federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.
NCLB and Accountability
NCLB put in place measures that exposed achievement gaps among traditionally underserved students and their peers and spurred an important national dialogue on education improvement. This focus on accountability has been critical in ensuring a quality education for all children, yet also revealed challenges in the effective implementation of this goal.
Parents, educators, and elected officials across the country recognized that a strong, updated law was necessary to expand opportunity to all students; support schools, teachers, and principals; and to strengthen our education system and economy.
In 2012, the Obama administration began granting flexibility to states regarding specific requirements of NCLB in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state- developed plans designed to close achievement gaps, increase equity, improve the quality of instruction, and increase outcomes for all students.
Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Education will work with states and districts to begin implementing the new law. Visit this page for updates and sign up for news about ESSA.
Here is a very global Wall Street US News glad to see a bill killing Department of Education created to assure EQUAL PROTECTION FOR EDUCATION-----everyone is smiling -----ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE COMMONER CORE means no pathway to climbing the income ladder---no broad democratic liberal arts and humanities creating pathways to leadership----just pre-K to career job training for the 99%!
Indeed the far-right wing global Wall Street crowd are smiling ----oh, look there is the Bill Gates tennis shoe mom global Wall Street PATTY MURRAY=====Bill Gates from Murray's Seattle is the driver of global corporate neo-liberal education and ONE WORLD ONE COMMONER CORE.
What is actually happening as Federal Department of Education is being dismantled what is called 'STATES CONTROL' is actually US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones being used to install GLOBAL EDUCATION POLICIES to be expanded all over each state.
A Remarkable Feat in Education
The Every Student Succeeds Act puts a stop to the Department of Education's decades-long stranglehold on education policy.
By Gerard Robinson, Contributor | Jan. 4, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
A Remarkable Feat in Education
MORE Exchanging a dominant role for a smaller one. The Associated Press
In December, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act. The law reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replaced the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act, which also reauthorized the 1965 law and has governed schools since 2002.
Most notably, the Every Student Succeeds Act radically reduces the U.S. Department of Education's authority over state curriculum frameworks, standards and testing decisions; gives states the power to use "evidence-based" models when investing in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools; and curtails the secretary of education's authority over state and local policy making. To make this clear, the law even states:
Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any other officer or employee of the Federal Government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school's instructional content or materials, curriculum, program of instruction, academic standards, or academic assessments; teacher, principal, or other school leader evaluation system; specific definition of teacher, principal, or other school leader effectiveness; or teacher, principal, or other school leader professional standards, certification, or licensing.
This prohibition is a critical step in reducing the federal footprint, which is arguably now the largest since the agency was created in 1979. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act's Title I and Title II regulations, the Improving America's Schools Act in the 1990s, and more recent Race to the Top and Common Core incentives for cash-strapped states have all contributed to this build-up of staff, resources and power. As the Department of Education's power grew over time, so did its budget, as seen in the graph below.
As 2016 begins, many state and national leaders are optimistic about the law's ability to scale back the federal footprint, unravel over a decade of federal mandates and end the presumption that Washington should micromanage schools.
At the same time, there is reason to be skeptical. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Department of Education's "death" in state and local education via the Every Student Succeeds Act is "greatly exaggerated."
A congressional prohibition against federal control of education is not a novel idea, nor have congressional prohibitions in previous reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act produced less federal control over education. For starters, look no further than No Child Left Behind. In a section titled "Prohibition Against Federal Mandates, Direction or Control," the law states:
At first glance, this sentence mirrors language in the Every Student Succeeds Act. But even though No Child Left Behind said the federal government could not "mandate, direct, or control" state standards and assessments, the Department of Education still told states how to disaggregate demographic data, how to use adequate yearly progress to guide intervention into schools in need of improvement and how to characterize a teacher as "highly qualified."
Congress also prohibited federal control over education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965:
We shared this a few days ago to show just that=====this is MONTGOMERY COUNTY=====wealthy and middle-class and we see protesting parents held outside while this PHOTO-OP is shot no doubt using the children of protesting parents.
Montgomery County pols are raging global Wall Street but they have these few decades pretended to protect public schools but they are now taking the gloves off as the Baltimore City very global corporate education platform ----all charters all corporate all pre-K- career student tracking will be expanded statewide with Baltimore City national charters pushing statewide expansion of 'public' charters.
So, in Seattle for example a BILL GATES PATTY MURRAY global education corporation mecca----these same US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zone structures for corporate K-12 education are being installed to be expanded statewide in Washington State---that is what Obama and ESSA opened for a Trump DeVos to MOVE FORWARD
Maryland State Education Association
March 23 at 2:33pm · While hundreds of frustrated parents protested outside, Gov. Hogan teamed up with Betsy DeVos at a Montgomery County school today to push their school privatization agenda. We can’t let him put corporate interests ahead of our kids. Call the MSEA Hotline at 888-520-6732 to contact your Senator and ask her/him to support the Protect Our Schools Act.
Hogan visits Montgomery County school with U.S. Education Secretary DeVos
Governor Larry Hogan popped into a Montgomery County elementary school Thursday morning to read some Dr. Seuss, sharing the job with one of the Trump administration's most divisive figures, education secretary Betsy DeVos. (Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun)
Ian DuncanContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Gov. Larry Hogan popped into a Montgomery County elementary school Thursday morning to read some Dr. Seuss. He shared the job with one of the Trump administration's most divisive figures: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The Republican governor and DeVos greeted second graders from Carderock Springs Elementary in the school's library before sitting down to read "Oh The Places You'll Go," Seuss' ode to pluck.
"Good morning Mrs. Secretary DeVos," the children said in unison.
"That is quite a big handle, isn't it?" DeVos said, before cracking open the book. Hogan, who said he didn't know the story, picked up on a hopeful note after the protagonist leaves the "waiting place."
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See More"You'll find the bright places where boom bands are playing," the governor read.
While the tone inside the library was light, protesters massed on the suburban street outside the school. Many carried signs opposing policies championed by Hogan and DeVos, such as support for charter schools and government voucher programs that parents can use to pay for private school.
Gov. Larry Hogan and Education Secretary Betsy Devos read "Oh the Places You'll Go" to students at Carderock Springs Elementary School Thursday in Montgomery County.
(Ian Duncan / Baltimore Sun)"Invest in public education not vouchers," one sign read.
Hogan proposed legislation in this year's General Assembly session that would create a statewide charter school authorization board, a move that supporters of privately run schools say would help more of them open in Maryland. Democrats in the House of Delegates stopped the measure at the committee stage.
Betsy DeVos' confirmation marks the first time a vice president’s tie-breaking vote was needed to confirm a presidential Cabinet appointment. Feb. 7, 2017.
Hogan has pointed out that his budget proposal included record spending on the state's public schools. That funding is determined through a formula mandated by state law.
In Annapolis Thursday, Democratic Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch were sharply critical of Hogan for appearing alongside DeVos.
"If they have their way, they're going to break down the school system," Busch told the Legislative Black Caucus.
Miller said Maryland had been ranked No. 1 in education a few years ago but had since slipped to No. 5.
"We're gaining to come back, but not with help from Betsy DeVos," Miller told an Annapolis news conference.
Hogan's staff said the event was not political and noted that the governor had held a similar book reading with Arne Duncan, who served as education secretary under President Barack Obama.
"They both need to grow up, take a deep breath and come back to reality," spokesman Doug Mayer said of the legislative leaders. "We need to put our students first and the politics second."
Christine Fleming, a parent who said she had a child at the school and two others who previously attended, joined the protest. She said Carderock Springs was a "shining example" of what public schools can do and worried that the policies promoted by DeVos would hurt such schools.
"All kids deserve what the kids here have," Fleming said. "This is a right, not a privilege."
A smaller group of Hogan supporters mingled with the protesters, some carrying signs from the governor's election campaign and one that simply read "We ♥ Hogan."
Others held signs referring to an incident in nearby Rockville in which two undocumented immigrants have been accused of raping a girl in a school. In a statement released before her visit Thursday, DeVos said her "heart aches" for the victim. Hogan called on Montgomery County this week to cooperate with federal authorities in the investigation.
Referring to a debate over the role local law enforcement should play in supporting federal deportation efforts, one sign read: "No Sanctuary in MD."
When DeVos visited a public school in Washington shortly after being sworn in, protesters physically confronted her and temporarily blocked her from going inside. On Thursday, there was some passionate chanting, but the rally remained peaceful.
WHY ARE US CITIES WHERE PUBLIC K-12 HAS BEEN DEFUNDED AND DISMANTLED BE THE SITE OF THESE GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERAL EDUCATION POLICIES?
'The Education Department has for more than 10 years poured in excess of $3 billion into the creation and operation of charter schools, but according to a new audit by the agency’s own inspector general’s office, it has failed in some cases to provide adequate oversight and as a result has put its own grants at risk'.
Well, first it is the same few decades of PAY-TO-PLAY throwing a few million to pretend to create small business local charters for citizens creating jobs. So, yet another government agency being privatized into the hands of global Wall Street using local small business associations with people having that business for a few years before global corporations take all K-12 funding.
Second, no doubt our US city citizens denied strong public schools these few decades because of misappropriated K-12 school funds going to grow private education structures across the city and overseas ARE MAD----TAKE THE WHOLE PUBLIC K-12 I hear from these frustrated citizens----we are shouting this====an apprenticeship pre-K to career with child labor ----free labor for adults for a few decades----leading to poverty or enslaving jobs ----IS NOT GETTING BACK ====the same pols tied to defunding K-12 in our US cities were CLINTON/BUSH/NOW OBAMA---the same pols.
LET'S NOT GET MAD---OR GET EVEN -----LET'S DEMAND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER LAW----
Here we see Obama doing just what Clinton and Bush did---no Federal oversight of funding or US Constitutional rights and yes, the same misappropriation, fraud, and corruption happened these several years harming 99% of citizens done by the same 5% to the 1%.
Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office
By Valerie Strauss October 5, 2016
Education Secretary John B. King Jr. and President Obama (Andrew Harnik/AP)
The Education Department has for more than 10 years poured in excess of $3 billion into the creation and operation of charter schools, but according to a new audit by the agency’s own inspector general’s office, it has failed in some cases to provide adequate oversight and as a result has put its own grants at risk.
The audit, titled, “Nationwide Assessment of Charter and Education Management Organizations” and conducted by the department’s inspector general (see below), looked at the relationship that several dozen charter schools have had with their own charter management organizations (CMOs). It found, among other things that there were “internal control weaknesses” related to the schools’ relationships to their CMOs that were so severe that the department’s own program objectives were at “significant risk.”
And it says:
The Department’s internal controls were insufficient to mitigate the significant financial, lack of accountability and performance risks that charter school relationships with CMOs pose to Department program objectives.
The newly released report comes just as the department announced $245 million in new grants to state educational agencies and CMOs under its Charter Schools Program, which funds the creation and expansion of charters around the country. The Charter Schools Program has invested more than $3 billion into these schools since 1995, helping more than 2,500 charter schools open.
The Education Department’s announcement of the new grants says:
“Through the CSP, the Department is committed to supporting the continued growth of excellent public charter schools that are closing equity gaps and improving student outcomes, and these schools’ community engagement and public accountability.”
According to the audit, however, the department didn’t do enough to ensure that some of the charter schools it is funding have been able to reach the stated goals. It says in part:
We determined that charter school relationships with CMOs posed a significant risk to Department program objectives. Specifically, we found that 22 of the 33 charter schools in our review had 36 examples of internal control weaknesses related to the charter schools’ relationships with their CMOs (concerning conflicts of interest, related-party transactions, and insufficient segregation of duties)….
We concluded that these examples of internal control weaknesses represent the following significant risks to Department program objectives: (1) financial risk, which is the risk of waste, fraud, and abuse; (2) lack of accountability over Federal funds, which is the risk that, as a result of charter school boards ceding fiscal authority to CMOs, charter school stakeholders (the authorizer, State educational agency (SEA), and Department) may not have accountability over Federal funds sufficient to ensure compliance with Federal requirements; and (3) performance risk, which is the risk that the charter school stakeholders may not have sufficient assurance that charter schools are implementing Federal programs in accordance with Federal requirements.
We also found that the Department did not have effective internal controls to evaluate and mitigate the risk that charter school relationships with CMOs pose to Department program objectives. The Department did not have controls to identify and address the risks related to CMO relationships because it did not believe the risk to be materially different than risks presented by other grantees that received Department funds. In addition, Department officials stated that OII uses a risk-based strategy in the monitoring and administration of CSP grants. Further, the Department did not implement adequate monitoring procedures that would provide sufficient assurance that it could identify and mitigate the risks specific to charter school relationships with CMOs. With the exception of the SIG and the CSP non-SEA programs, the Department did not include in its monitoring tools any steps to review the relationships between charter schools and CMOs or to review the SEAs’ oversight of those relationships.
Also, the Department did not ensure that SEAs monitored the relationships between charter schools and CMOs in a manner that would have addressed financial risk, lack of accountability, and program performance risk. This occurred in part because the Department did not collect and analyze information needed to perform a risk assessment and then tailor its monitoring procedures accordingly. Without performing a risk assessment, the Department did not provide guidance to SEAs related to the potential risks posed by charter schools with CMOs.
As a result, the Department’s internal controls were insufficient to mitigate the significant financial, lack of accountability and performance risks that charter school relationships with CMOs pose to Department program objectives.
Vanessa Descalzi, senior communications manager for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said in a statement that the organizations takes “seriously” any concerns about how federal funds are spent, but also insisted that some CMOs have strong outcomes for low-income students.
And she criticized the audit itself, saying:
“In terms of advice for policymakers, it is unfortunate that the report makes no distinction between nonprofit CMOs and for-profit education management organizations (EMOs) — organizations with very different structures both in federal and state law, as well as school operations.
According to the National Education Association, several of states and CMOs that have received federal funds this year for charter schools had previously won grant money and some problems were discovered. A post written by NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said:
• Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) received a grant of as much as $9 million in the latest round of awards despite a recent report warning that DSST may have paid up to $50 million over a four-year period to a for-profit management company owned by two DSST board of directors.
• Louisiana will receive a grant that could reach nearly $8 million. A recent study reported that Louisiana charter schools “have experienced millions in known losses from fraud and mismanagement so far,” and could have losses in the tens of millions of dollars each year. Since 2005, Louisiana has spent approximately $700 million on charter schools that currently have not exceeded a D or F rating.
• California could receive nearly $50 million from the latest CSP grant and will receive more than $25 million in 2016 alone. California previously received an up to $254 million grant in 2010. A 2015 study reported that more than 200 charters have closed in California, nearly one out of every five that have opened, due to a range of issues including financial mismanagement, unsafe school conditions, and material violations of the law.
Government watchdogs shouted loudly these several years of Obama that Obama and his Department of Education Arnie Duncan had outsourced all Department of ED functions including collection of Federal Student Loans. This of course opened the door to billions of dollars fleeced from those citizens owing student loans. Obama's terms in office saw our US Department of Education net profits of tens of billions of dollars on top of what a DeVos collection corporation would have earned.
All of this was done through fee and fine corruption as citizens could not escape being sent to private collectors or find justice from illegal fees and fines====
It was Arne Duncan as head of Department of Education that chose these outsourced student loan collectors and he chose to enrich DeVos among one.
'RDV is affiliated with LMF WF Portfolio, a limited liability corporation listed in regulatory filings as one of several firms involved in a $147 million loan to Performant Financial Corp., a debt collection agency in business with the Education Department'.
Where did that tens of billions in profit brought back to Department of Education from student loan holders being fleeced go? We can bet it was funneled right back to building global education technology structures.
'Until recently, Performant had been one of the agencies on the Department of Education's unrestricted student loan debt collection contract'.
Dems raise concern about possible links between DeVos and student debt collection agency
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel January 17 Watch Betsy DeVos’s opening statement at her confirmation hearing
Watch the opening statement of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (Reuters)Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos and her husband have extensive financial holdings through their private investment and management firm, RDV Corporation. The firm, where DeVos once served as director, has financed real estate acquisitions, telecom companies and online charter schools, among other things. But one particular deal is creating concern on Capitol Hill.
RDV is affiliated with LMF WF Portfolio, a limited liability corporation listed in regulatory filings as one of several firms involved in a $147 million loan to Performant Financial Corp., a debt collection agency in business with the Education Department.
Twenty-three percent of Performant’s revenue is directly tied to its dealings with the Education Department, which had 14 contracts worth more than $20 million with the company in fiscal 2016, according to regulatory filings and government documents. The company lost out on a recent contract bid with the department and is now protesting the decision with the Government Accountability Office, which can dismiss the dispute if the department reverses course.
If confirmed as secretary, DeVos would be in a position to influence the award of debt collection, servicing and recovery contracts, in addition to the oversight and monitoring of the contracts. She would also have the authority to revise payments and fees to contractors for rehabilitating past-due debt — all of which has Senate Democrats concerned.
An investment fund formed by the DeVos corporation, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, is listed as the resident agent for LMF WF, which shares the same address as companies run by the DeVos family. A resident agent handles much of the official business of a fund, such as receiving official documents for a business, and may even have a stake in the fund. RDV senior executives, some of whom head up Ottawa Avenue, did not respond to requests for comment.
A senior Democratic aide who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly said Performant is one example of a company with possible connections to DeVos that could lead to conflicts of interest should she be confirmed. Senate Democrats have been urging full financial disclosures and the completion of an Office of Government Ethics review before DeVos is confirmed.
Democrats have pressed top Republicans on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to postpone DeVos’s confirmation hearing until the ethics office wraps up its vetting. DeVos, a billionaire Republican with no professional experience in schools, has vast wealth and tremendous financial holdings. Though her hearing was pushed back by a week, to Tuesday, the ethics office said the review is still underway.
“Senators will have the opportunity Tuesday to get Betsy’s views on the department’s decision pertaining to Performant Financial Corp.,” said Ed Patru, spokesman for Friends of Betsy DeVos. “The purpose of independent reviews is to identify, among other things, potential conflicts of interest with respect to investments and holdings, and we have full confidence OGE will perform its function relative to Betsy DeVos and her family, just as it has done with scores of other nominees over the years.”
Performant, which declined to discuss the lenders in its credit syndicate, was rattled by the Education Department’s rejection of its bid in December, and shares of the public company tumbled 50 percent on news of the decision. Months before the announcement, Performant said in a regulatory filing that the contract provided “an opportunity to grow” its student debt collection business.
“Our revenues and operating results would be negatively affected if our student loan and receivables clients, which include four of our five largest clients in 2015 and 2014, reduce the volume of student loan placements provided to us, modify the terms of service, including the success fees we are able to earn upon recovery of defaulted student loans, or any of these clients establish more favorable relationships with our competitors,” the company said in its regulatory filing.
Education Department officials have grown wary of some of the private collection agencies the department uses to recoup past-due student loans, after years of public criticism about the aggressive practices some of them employ. The department has canceled its contract with five companies and refused to renew agreements with others, including Performant. Though the company was not caught up in the 2015 review that led the department to cut ties with the five companies, Performant has had its share of regulatory headaches.
The company disclosed in 2013 that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had requested documents and other information related to its debt collection practices and procedures. The bureau, which has received hundreds of consumer complaints against Performant, did not take any formal enforcement action against the company, but identified problems with the department’s debt collectors.
We just want to share this article to show how national media places global Wall Street pols as populist leaders. Here Warren used a government watchdog outing of questionable interest inflation while the real student loan issue was student loan citizens being hounded by Wall Street DeVos credit collectors fleeced with illegal fees and fines. But Warren just runs with these finding acting populist---she did the same with MEDICARE FRAUD taking a government watchdog figure of $90 billion in Medicare fraud with national media showing her over and over 'fighting' for Medicare----when that $90 billion represented only a fraction of total Medicare fraud of hundreds of billions.
'The Washington Post Fact Checker detailed some of this in examining a similar claim, when Warren said the federal government made $51 billion from student loans just in 2013. Her statement earned two Pinocchios -- the Post’s rating for a statement that contains significant omissions or exaggerations'.
Student loans from the federal government issued between 2007 and 2012 are on target "to produce $66 billion in profits for the United States government."
— Elizabeth Warren on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 in a speech
Uncle Sam is on track to make $66 billion profit off 6 years of student loans, Elizabeth Warren says
By Tom Kertscher on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigned for fellow Democrat Russ Feingold, who is running for his old U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin, on Sept. 26, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (AP photo)Campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- who has been talked up as a potential vice-presidential candidate -- hammered on an issue that she, Hillary Clinton and other national Democrats have seized on:
During her Sept. 26, 2015 speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, given with a group of students arrayed behind her, Warren cited an oft-repeated statistic about the $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt.
Then she suggested that the federal government is an exploitative lender.
"Right now, the United States government charges an interest rate on student loans that covers the administrative costs, covers the bad-debt losses, covers the cost of funds and then -- on top of all that -- makes a profit for the government," Warren said.
"How much profit? Well, let me just give you a little slice of the loans, where we've got particularly good data. The loans that were put out between 2007 and 2012 -- that cohort of loans -- is on target right now to produce $66 billion in profits for the United States government."
Warren went on to say that the government has already spent the "profits."
As we’ll see, there’s an odd anomaly at work here.
In making the $66 billion profit claim, Warren relies on one gold-standard source -- the federal Government Accountability Office.
But another gold-standard source -- the Congressional Budget Office -- says the accounting method used to produce that figure is flawed.
Indeed, when the CBO has employed both the official method (which was mandated by Congress) and its own preferred accounting method, any projection of "profit" for the government from student loans turns into a loss.
That’s because CBO’s preferred method of projecting takes into account more of the risks assumed by the government, such as defaults during hard economic times.
How student loans work
To help students attend college, as a 2012 PolitiFact item reported, the federal government in 1965 took three important steps: Guaranteeing student loans against default; promising a certain interest rate to the banks (even if the rates students paid were lower); and paying additional fees to banks for administration and collection of student loans.
The result: Millions of Americans earned college degrees. But the system required billions of dollars in federal subsidies and produced lucrative revenue streams for banks. Some in Washington, especially Democrats, sought alternatives.
In 2010, a law essentially eliminated the middle man -- the banks. The federal subsidies to the banks were replaced with direct loans administered by the Department of Education and funded through the U.S. Treasury.
The Huffington Post has reported that the government is forecast to generate billions in profits from making student loans. And Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has said the government has turned student lending into a "profit center."
But it’s not so clear cut.
To back Warren's claim, her Senate office referred us to a January 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress that examines matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds.
It estimated that the $454 billion in student loans the government disbursed from 2007 to 2012 will generate about $66 billion in "subsidy income" -- or what Warren calls profit.
So, Warren cites a figure from a respected source.
But as we said, the figure uses an accounting method that the Congressional Budget Office has called into question.
The Washington Post Fact Checker detailed some of this in examining a similar claim, when Warren said the federal government made $51 billion from student loans just in 2013. Her statement earned two Pinocchios -- the Post’s rating for a statement that contains significant omissions or exaggerations.
As The Fact Checker noted, that projection was made using the mandated accounting method, which potentially underestimates the cost of the loans to the American taxpayer. The Congressional Budget Office’s preferred accounting method -- known as fair value -- essentially assesses the risk as private firms would if they made the same types of loans.
We found that the CBO has pointed out the shortcomings of mandated method. In fact, it has argued for using fair value, saying it better takes into account the risks of lending to students.
(Some organizations, such as the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, have argued that fair value makes federal credit programs such as student loans appear more expensive than their actual cost to the government.)
There is quite a difference, depending on which accounting method is used.
In a May 2014 report, the Congressional Budget Office did student loan projections for 2015 through 2024. During that 10-year period, using the official accounting method that Warren relied on in making her claim, the loans are expected to generate a "profit" of $135 billion.
But using the "fair value" accounting method CBO prefers, the projection is an $88 billion loss to the government.
That’s a swing of $223 billion.
Warren said student loans issued by the federal government between 2007 and 2012 are on target "to produce $66 billion in profits" for the government.
Warren accurately cites an estimate from a Government Accountability Office report -- but that estimate was made with an accounting method that the Congressional Budget Office says is misleading.
As the CBO has pointed out in another report, using that accounting method, student loans are projected to generate $135 billion in "profit" from 2015 to 2024 -- but using the CBO’s preferred accounting method, they are projected to produce an $88 billion loss.
For a statement that is partially accurate but leaves out important details, our rating is Half True.
Citizens need to know this about these permanently disabled federal student loan debt forgiveness which sounds left social progressive-------if we know Obama is far-right wing global Wall Street then we would question what this policy leads to.
We are hearing from citizens tied to this disability student loan forgiveness programs that indeed they are being notified the US Department of Education is forgiving these debts---but what the Department of Education is doing is SENDING THESE DEBTS BACK TO PRIVATE EDUCATION DEBT COLLECTORS who don't really want that debt forgiven.
These Federal student loans were broken up and sold just as a Wall Street bundled derivative----so a citizen with one student loan debt had that loan sold to three or four Wall Street student loan debt collection corporations like DeVos' by our Department of Education leader like Arne Duncan----so instead of having one Federal agency collecting these debts----there can be 3 different Wall Street collection corporations not about to lose that money to FORGIVENESS.
PLEASE KNOW IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THESE SCHEMES-----IF YOUR LOAN STARTED AS A FEDERAL LOAN---AND NOT A PRIVATE WALL STREET STUDENT LOAN--THIS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FORGIVENESS MEANS YOU DO NOT OWE THAT DEBT SO DO NOT ALLOW THESE WALL STREET COLLECTION FIRMS COME AFTER YOU!
We are just saying folks--
'If confirmed as secretary, DeVos would be in a position to influence the award of debt collection, servicing and recovery contracts, in addition to the oversight and monitoring of the contracts. She would also have the authority to revise payments and fees to contractors for rehabilitating past-due debt — all of which has Senate Democrats concerned'.
Rehabilitating past-due debt.........Hmmmmm
Student Loan collection corporations fleeced with illegal fees and fines because citizens under attack from collections cannot escape calls especially when they turn to places of employment so watch out as these disability forgiveness policies bring more predatory collections. Imagine 3 collection corporations collecting for one Federal Student Loan and that is what Obama left behind.
Obama to relieve permanently disabled of all federal student loan debtPublished time: 13 Apr, 2016 03:20
The Obama administration is directing several federal agencies, including the Department of Education and the Social Security Administration, to forgive $7.7 billion of student loans to around 400,000 people with permanent disabilities.Following last year’s White House-announced Student Aid Bill of Rights, designed to reorient how student loans were repaid, President Obama announced on Tuesday a directive to fully forgive the federal student loan debt owed by those with permanent disabilities, or PD.
Federal law already offers student loan debt relief to Americans with a severe disability, but since 2012, the administration’s effort at getting more to take advantage of the debt relief opportunity has had lackluster results, according to The Washington Post.
“Too many eligible borrowers were falling through the cracks, unaware they were eligible for relief,” Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell said in a statement. “Americans with disabilities have a right to student loan relief. And we need to make it easier, not harder, for them to receive the benefits they are due.”
With the special Social Security designation of “Medical Improvement Not Expected,” those with PD are eligible for the debt forgiveness. And for many, they won’t even have to contact a federal agency, as the Department of Education and Social Security Administration are on a mission to identify and make first contact with the borrowers.
There were 387,000 disability benefit recipients and federal student loan holders matching those descriptors in the Department of Education’s first review since Obama’s policy update. Many will begin receiving notification letters next week, or at least within 16 weeks, with a follow-up 120 days later. Some 179,000 of them are defaulting on their loans, which could mean a loss in tax refunds or even having their Social Security income confiscated.
Any debt amount forgiven can still be taxed by the federal government.