What they are attempting to do here they are doing the same at many of our largest universities using donations to control projects such as climate control and pharmaceutical industry and they have these universities write reports that are just plain lies. Money seems to control all if we let it.
Jane Mayer: How Far Did PBS Go to Avoid Offending a Sponsor? www.newyorker.com
Did you hear this morning on WYPR the commentator telling us that Baltimore is again reducing its per student funding for K-12 and that advanced placement will continue to get the lion's share of funding both in per pupil and private donations skirting all Brown vs Board of Education/Equal Protection laws? You probably didn't as his voice dropped so low as to be unintelligible. We talked at length how states across the country are challenging these laws in courts and we will see this reach the Supreme Court. Meanwhile we need to get Parents Across America groups going and vote all Maryland's Third Way corporate democrats out of office to turn this around.
Here in Baltimore we are hearing The Casey Foundation, the Goldseker Foundation, and the Gates Foundation supporting WYPR/NPR/APM. All three are funding the Michelle Rhee/Gates public education privatization happening in Baltimore and you will not hear a peep of negative press from this 'public' media as regards the attack on Brown vs Board of Education and privatization that most people hate. That is why we need to send these guys packing to commercial radio and take public media back.
What this article is saying is that school funding is being micro-managed so that the schools with underserved and special needs children are sequestered from what is targeted school funding increases and program implementation.....'FUNDS SCHOOLS BASED ON ENROLLMENT'....WHO GOES THERE! This is not legal and Alonzo and your City Council person knows that it targets funding by selected characteristics.
One of the most notable entries is that charter schools are getting more funding this year as public school funding declines. This balance will continue if left unabated with charters becoming private and profit-driven more and more money will go to inferior services!!!
City school system passes $1.2B budgetFinal budget included revision page after inquiry about error
May 20, 2013|By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore school board unanimously passed a $1.2 billion budget Monday that essentially remained intact since it was presented.
The last budget of outgoing schools CEO Andrés Alonso includes cuts to per-pupil funding and high schools but retains spending power for principals and adds academic programs.
The $793 million that would go to schools represents a 36 percent increase since 2008, when Alonso implemented the "Fair Student Funding" structure — which funds schools based on enrollment and gives principals autonomy over their budgets and hiring.
However, the per-pupil base amount all schools receive will decrease by $40 next year, because overall enrollment is expected to increase. Charter schools will receive $139 more in per-pupil funding because their funding formula is tied to district revenue, which increased.
Alonso, who announced this month that he would step down June 30, said he believed that although revenue hasn't kept pace with expenses — particularly wages and benefits for school system staff — the district is in a place of financial strength.
"It's been quite remarkable, the work that we have done in shifting our practices to try and put as much of our resources in the schools [as possible]," he said. "When people ask me about the sustainability of the work, I say, 'Our schools are so confident now, it doesn't matter who the CEO is. We've found a way to respect … the decision-making at the schools.'"
Schools that have received additional funding support will face challenges next year. For example, the district decreased additional funding, called "student weights," that high schools would receive for dropout prevention efforts by $100 per pupil.
The district's budget includes funding for new programming for gifted students and prekindergarten programs, which previously were funded with grants.
Victor De La Paz, the district's chief financial officer, said that overall the budget was "positive" but addressed questions raised by the school board after The Baltimore Sun inquired about an error in the budget last week. The budget did not include funding for the district's summer learning, and in response, the school system issued a page-long correction before the vote.
The corrections published Thursday said that summer learning was included in another category and that millions of dollars in contract costs were shifted from one category to another.
De La Paz said both were "essentially superficial."
But the errors were similar to those found in the district's budget in 2007, when officials said that "style and presentation" were responsible for dozens of errors, including "placeholder" numbers and salaries in the approved budget that did not match the number of employees.
"We recognize the budget process is an ongoing, living creature of sorts," said Neil Duke, the school board president. "We look forward to trying to perfect the process. This has been an educational process for everyone."
City school board Commissioner Shanaysha Sauls said that she looked forward to more clarity in future budget presentations.
"I assume that Budget Session 2.0 will be very clear … about how those changes are moved from category to category," she said of next year's budget process.
The school budget will go before the City Council on June 6. The council still is determining how much funding the school system will receive.
A comment from someone other than me!!
School reform doesn't work
- 11:15 a.m. EDT, May 17, 2013 Baltimore Sun Opinion
In their commentary ("Six steps for post-Alonso school reform," May 14), Thomas Wilcox, Diane Bell-McKoy and Laura Gamble use many lofty and idealistic sounding words to promote their vision. However, it bears noting that education "reformers" are well-versed in using terms that have an appeal, yet bear little substance. It's part of the script to sell the public on a model for education that actually requires a deeper analysis and understanding. Words like "choice" and "accountability" have done for the corporate-model of education reform what buzz words like "whole grain" and "real fruit juice" have done for the food processing industry. Thus, commentaries such as this warrant a translation. My translation as follows is not grounded in empty rhetoric or phrases, but instead relies on facts and examples from other urban areas, to predict what such school, reform may indeed come to look like in Baltimore. The question will then remain: are we willing to buy this model? Or should we read the label more carefully?
Mr. Wilcox and company state that Baltimore City Public Schools should maintain a strict focus on school choice and "fair student funding," principles which "undergird a market-oriented approach." What does that mean? It means that advocates of this model for reform believe that public education should be run like corporations under a free-market framework. I'm not sure on what grounds they feel this will be a successful model for helping the most disenfranchised of our children. Is it the free market "success" of the housing and banking industries?
"Choice" is code for eliminating public schools and replacing them with "public" charter schools. There are several problems with this model. First of all, if other major urban centers can serve as cautionary tales, it is because "choice" via the free-market model and entrenchment of charter schools has led to greater racial segregation, fragmentation of the poorest neighborhoods and providing "choice" for only the "cream of the crop" students. Charters, no longer fettered by what Mr. Wilcox and others call "unnecessary compliance" can and have denied providing services to children with special needs, English-language learners and students with behavioral challenges. Thus, they can manufacture higher test scores, graduation success and operate at a lower budget.
What happens to those students? They fall in between the cracks, winding up perhaps at the dwindling community public school whose funding has been gutted by "fair student funding" which translates as an increased voucher system in which children with money attached to their foreheads have are siphoned off by charter schools. The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University found in a 2009 report that only 17 percent of charter schools outperformed their public school equivalents, while 37 percent of charter schools performed worse than regular local schools, and the rest were about the same. Nevertheless, charter school operators and investors reap enormous profits and six figure salaries.
The writers claim that "families are choosing" charter schools now that 50 of the 200 public schools are being shut down as if this were something to brag about. If Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York are any indication, the only ones hailing this as a good thing are the corporations and non-profits that have something ideological, financial, or political to gain from such reform. Parents and communities all across the country are up in arms, protesting by the thousands and rallying to save their public schools. Bait-and-switch corporate moves such as the "parent trigger act," which was the brain child of The American Legislative Exchange Commission, use parents to advocate for school closures, and then corporate model-run charter schools like KIPP move in a serve as replacements. When parents in Los Angeles discovered they had been had by this new legislation, they fought back. Perhaps Baltimore can learn for their cautionary tale?
Mr. Wilcox and his allies claim that "unions are cooperating on contracts that reward performance." There is absolutely no research to date anywhere that shows that merit pay boosts teacher performance or students' achievement. None.
They state that "private sector investment in public education" is on the rise. They are right. The Common Core standards, and new PARCC assessments among other things will create historic-level profits for Pearson publishing, database management companies, computer sales, e-learning companies, and private test preparation and tutoring companies. There has been a national buzz among hedge fund investors rallying for interest in charter school investments because of the potential for financial return.
They also state that the city's "population is beginning to grow." Correct again. Education reform matters greatly in the maelstrom of gentrification. To attract white upper middle-class families into the city, development magnates must also offer appealing alternatives to the crumbling under-funded city schools occupied largely by poor black and brown children.
The organization which Mr. Wilcox and his co-authors serve is the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), whose largest contributor is the Annie E. Casey Foundation which promotes charter schools, school choice, and public-private partnerships. The BCF serves as a liaison for philanthropic giving. The BCF advocates for increased charter schools. One might consider that as education reform seeks to privatize education serves, philanthropic "giving" might yield some profitable returns. For example, the New Market Tax Credits offered from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution Fund allows investors who subsidize charter schools and other projects in inner-city communities to write-off their donations, dollar-for-dollar, on their taxes. By using the NMTC, investors can double their money in no time.
If you want to know what's going to happen in Baltimore using this free market approach to education reform, simply follow what's happening in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, or Philadelphia. While the think-tanks and corporations are laughing all the way to the bank, none of these reforms have actually benefited the children they claim to serve. Community members and parents need to learn how to translate and make an informed decision based on the evidence given to us from these other locations, rather than be spoon-fed lofty platitudes proffered by corporate-minded policy which has no research to support its success for our children.
Morna McDermott, Catonsville
BELOW YOU WILL SEE THE INCENTIVE FOR BALTIMORE'S CHARTER BRIGADE......JOHNS HOPKINS AND THE CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS......PROFITS OF COURSE. CREATING A NEW MARKET AND CONTROLLING EDUCATION.
We are deeply disappointed in such foundations with a mission for family and children as is Casey's mission would pursue education policy that almost every sector of education debunks as failed and harmful. As an academic in Baltimore fighting this movement it is disconcerting that policy groups can have complete control over what almost nobody wants who are residents in the city. I know Ms MacDonald and her advocacy for charters. I also know that she was told she would have to improve student performance or close those charters. You see, Balt's charters are not about quality education, they are about gentrification and development so you will see a vast number of charters in the city adding no more value remaining open while others close according to development plans. As with DC parents, teachers, and communities and soon to be Chicago and NYC..all of this will be going to court for violations of Brown vs Board of Ed and Equal Protection Laws. So why would a foundation whose mission is families and children support what we all know is privatization of American public education into private vocational businesses attached to corporate interests as work training?
Well, I happen to be an alumni of United Parcel Service and know that Casey was founded by UPS. It is true that they have separated for legal purposes but as with the Gates Foundation the motives are corporate profit.
Baltimore charter school advocate among new crop of Casey Foundation fellows City Neighbors schools founder chosen for leadership program that trains those working with children, families
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun 5:08 p.m. EDT, May 19, 2013
Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Cwww.alternet.org
What we know about the financial incentives offered by charter schools.
Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Corruption
And more than any other single company, K12 has provoked national outrage on both left and right for poor school performance and questionable financial practices. A 2011 report, for example, showed that K12 had been spending millions in taxpayer funding every year on private advertising rather than actual education. And strangely enough, they were marketing to the Christian homeschooling crowd, not the inner city children for whom these online charters are allegedly being set up. The company has stayed true to its roots, in any case; Bennett’s base has always been Christian homeschoolers, not actual public education.
Wealthy Foreign Nationals
But you don’t have to be a citizen, resident or domestic business executive to get a break from the federal government when you invest in charter schools. Since the Immigration Act of 1990, investors have had the opportunity to purchase visas for their families by investing in hotels, ski resorts and you guessed it — charter schools. It’s called the EB-5 visa for Immigrant Investors. That’s right, wealthy foreigners can contribute just $1 million toward urban charter school development — or $500,000 to a rural area or area with high unemployment — and get visas for the whole family.
For a piece of legislation that has been around for 23 years, EB-5 is not very well understood. Among people who do know about it, the popular perception is that it’s fairly new; even the headline of a 2012 Reuters article about the subject called it a “new U.S. visa rush,” even though there is nothing new about it. Its justification? Investors are “ job creators” whose donations will ostensibly create a whole 10 new jobs with that $1 million. Every year, the federal government hands out 10,000 of these visas.
The perception that it’s new may have something to do with the fact that charter schools have proliferated quickly in the past 23 years. Though foreign nationals may have previously focused on, say, opening new ski resorts, charter school demand has risen in recent years, particularly since the 2008 financial crisis — and ensuing austerity — led policymakers to start looking for more private solutions to traditionally public institutions.
Last October, Reuters reported that:
Wealthy individuals from as far away as China, Nigeria, Russia and Australia are spending tens of millions of dollars to build classrooms, libraries, basketball courts and science labs for American charter schools…And Florida, state business development officials say foreign investment in charter schools is poised to triple next year [in 2013], to $90 million.
A total of 150 schools located in Texas, Ohio, Illinois and various urban inner cities are funded by Turkish investors affiliated with “followers of Fethullah Gülen, a charismatic Turkish preacher of a moderate brand of Islam whose devotees have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name,” according to the New York Times. That means he’s been instrumental in creating the largest single charter school network in the entire country. And the New York Times doesn’t provide the whole story, but what Gülen claims on his own website. According to himself, Gülen is also a big proponent of interfaith dialogue and world peace. But any detailed reporting on him finds that his followers operate more like those of Lyndon LaRouche’s political cult than like actual proponents of interfaith dialogue, world peace or any other cause.
Even so, Gülen is championed in the world of corporate education reform. He’s even garnered accolades from Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Maybe Gülen’s influence in charter school policy is in part what inspired Falun-Gong cult member Lotus King Weiss to try opening six charter schools in Manhattan’s Chinatown in April.
YOUR THIRD WAY CORPORATE DEMOCRAT IS WORKING HARD FOR CORPORATE PROFIT HANDING YOU AND ME OVER ON A SILVER PLATTER!!!!
REMEMBER THE BALTIMORE SCHOOL BUILDING SCHEME SOON TO BE SCANDAL? DO YOU HEAR THAT THE BOND MARKET IS SET TO COLLAPSE? YOU WOULD IF WE HAD PUBLIC MEDIA.....NOT CORPORATE MEDIA! PUBLIC DEFAULT ON CREDIT BONDS WILL HAND SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO PRIVATE INVESTORS!!!!!
When you hear from mainstream media that the economy is recovering....this is why.....they are boosting stock prices just before the collapse. It is average citizens getting into the market in mass now, just before the collapse as happened with the subprime loan fraud crash!! REMEMBER THE RUSH OF ADVERTIZEMENTS FOR SUBPRIME LOANS JUST BEFORE THE MASSIVE MORTGAGE FRAUD CRASH? THIS IS THE MEDIA PUSH FOR THE BOND MARKET THAT IS SET TO CRASH.
Sales of corporate bonds in the U.S. are surging toward the busiest May ever as borrowers race to the market before demand dries up with Bill Gross and Warren Buffett cautioning against buying debt at all-time low yields.
Gross to Buffett Omens Disregarded as Sales Soar: Credit Marketsbloom.bg